US president Donald Trump with White House national security adviser John Bolton: Taking on Iran presents a different challenge than Iraq given Tehran’s formidable military capacity. Photograph: Carlos Barria

Is the United States moving closer to war? This week, uncomfortable memories of the run-up to the Iraq conflict were in the air in Washington as (...)

File photograph of British army intelligence officer Robert Nairac

Captain Robert Nairac was not involved in the Dublin-Monaghan bombings or other incidents of loyalist collusion during the Troubles, a senior figure i(...)

Britain’s defence secretary Gavin Williamson on his way to Downing Street accompanied by his eventual successor, international development secretary Penny Mordaunt. Photograph: Daniel Leal-Olivas/Getty

Gavin Williamson has been summarily sacked as the UK’s defence secretary following an inquiry into an unprecedented leak from the National Security Co(...)

Michael Collins at the launch of the Dáil loan, surrounded by many prominent figures from the Irish revolution including the mother of Patrick Pearse and the widows of Tom Clarke and Eamon Ceannt. Source: Irish Film Institute

On April 4th, 1919, Michael Collins’s motion to Dáil Éireann to approve a £250,000 Dáil loan was approved. Nothing was left to chance by the newly a(...)

The Miami Showband, killed in 1975. From left: Stephen Travers, Tony Geraghty, Ray Millar, Brian McCoy, Fran O’Toole, Des Lee

The new documentary ReMastered: The Miami Showband Massacre has been tagged on Netflix under two uneasy, seemingly unrelated categories. The first is(...)

The underground command centre in Whitehall will act as a base of operations to deal with requests for Ministry of Defence support from other departments as well as directing the troops. File photograph: Lauren Hurley/PA Wire

The British armed forces have set up a command centre in a bunker under the ministry of defence as part of contingency plans for the UK crashing out o(...)

Saudi Arabia’s crown prince Mohammed bin Salman:  alleged to have been stripped of some of his  authority. Photograph: Adnan Abidi/Reuters

The heir to the Saudi throne has not attended a series of high-profile ministerial and diplomatic meetings in Saudi Arabia over the last fortnight and(...)

  Northern   Secretary Karen Bradley made her  comments in the House of Commons   in advance of next week’s decision by the North’s Public Prosecution Service  as to whether any former British soldiers will be charged over the Bloody Sunday killings. Photograph:   Tolga Akmen/AFP/Getty Images

The Northern Secretary Karen Bradley has said killings by the British army and police during the Troubles were “not crimes”. Ms Bradley made her comm(...)

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Construction firm Cairn Homes has appointed three new independent non-executive directors, following a review of the board. The company also said its(...)

Gatwick Airport was repeatedly forced to close between December 19th and 21st due to reported drone sightings, affecting about 1,000 flights. File photograph: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

Police are to be handed extra powers to combat drones after the mass disruption at Gatwick Airport in the run up to Christmas. Gatwick was repeatedly(...)

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