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US secretary of state Mike Pompeo: Donald Trump recognises  the Iran deal as  an “abject failure” and  “exercise in appeasement”.  Photograph: Patrick Semansky

US president Donald Trump is expected to deliver a severe warning to Iran and China when he addresses the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday, (...)

At 75, the UN, for all its noble ambitions, remains rooted in great-power politics through the vetoes of permanent members of the Security Council. Photograph: Ludovic Marin / AFP  via Getty Images

Addressing an event to mark the UN’s 75th anniversary on Monday, President Higgins emphasised once again the UN’s centrality to Ireland’s foreign poli(...)

Irish Ambassador to Sierra Leone and Liberia Lesley Ní Bhriain Photograph: Phil Behan / DFAT

When Irish Ambassador to Sierra Leone and Liberia Lesley Ní Bhriain was posted to West Africa in September 2019 she planned to see her husband and two(...)

Iranian president Hassan Rouhani speaks during a cabinet meeting in Tehran, Iran, on Sunday. Photograph: Handout/EPA

The US faces defeat in its move to reimpose UN sanctions on Iran, Iranian president Hassan Rouhani said on Sunday, as Washington declared all UN sanct(...)

Former president Mary Robinson was speaking at the remote Global Ireland 2020 conference. File photograph: Cyril Byrne

Ireland needs to approach climate diplomacy on the global stage “with a deep sense of humility”, given its past failures to address the consequences o(...)

European Commission vice-president Maros Sefcovic leaves Europe House in London after an emergency Brexit meeting.  Photograph: Tolga Akmen/AFP via Getty Images

The European Union has threatened to take legal action against Britain if it does not reverse a controversial plan that would tear up Brexit-related g(...)

An injured victim is rushed from the scene of the car bombing that killed former prime minister Rafik Hariri and 21 others in Beirut in 2005. Photograph: Rorbert Schiller/The New York Times

The Special Tribunal for Lebanon will on Tuesday hand down its verdict in the 2005 assassination of the former Lebanese prime minister Rafik Hariri, a(...)

US president Donald Trump. Photograph: Doug Mills/The New York Times

US president Donald Trump has all but dismissed Russian president Vladimir Putin’s call for a summit of world leaders to discuss Iran, saying he proba(...)

The programme for government states: “We do not believe that it makes sense to develop LNG gas import terminals importing fracked gas. Accordingly, we shall withdraw the Shannon LNG terminal from the EU Projects of Common Interest list in 2021.” File photograph: Getty

Anti-fracking campaigners have called on the Government to follow through on commitments to prevent development of new fracked gas importation termina(...)

Captain  Charles O’Rourke (retired): “Up until 1960 we were a garrison army. Our whole environment was parades and inspections, and all the routine of barrack life. It was a pretty unexciting thing.” Photograph: Alan Betson

The ambush of an Irish Army patrol in Niemba in November 1960 shocked the nation, not least Marie O’Rourke whose husband Charles was serving as a lieu(...)

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