Taoiseach of Ireland Enda Kenny signs the new Rome declaration during a summit to mark the 60th anniversary of the EU’s founding. Photograph: Tiziana Fabitiziana Fabi/AFP/Getty Images

When EU leaders met in Rome last month to mark the union’s 60th birthday and respond to Brexit with an optimistic declaration on its future, among the(...)

 Fidel Castro in one of his houses in the Vedado district of Havana in July 1964. Photograph: Jack Manning/The New York Times

President Michael D Higgins has paid tribute to Cuban revolutionary leader Fidel Castro who died on Friday night at the age of 90. “I have learned w(...)

 Syria’s president, Bashar al-Assad. Western powers want his removal from office as part of a Syrian peace deal. Photograph: EPA/Syrian Arab News Agency

“Assad must go,” is the constant refrain from US president Barack Obama, French president François Hollande, British prime minister David Cameron and (...)