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 The US government has imposed sanctions on three top Hizbullah leaders over reported connection with Iran’s revolutionary guards. Photograph: EPA/Nabil Mounzer

US sanctions imposed on Iran are targeting Syrians and Lebanese as well as Iranians, while Iraqis struggle under US political pressure. Washington’s g(...)

US president Donald Trump  at a White House event this week. His scattergun approach to virtually all policies has left the US’s traditional allies and his own staff reeling. Photograph: Al Drago/Bloomberg

This week there was only one real story in Washington. At a reception at the Irish Embassy for departing diplomats on Wednesday all talk was of Kim Da(...)

Denis Desmond described the US State Department advice about Longitude as “beyond ridiculous”

Music promoter Denis Desmond has said there was “no connection” between a fracas outside a Dublin nightclub at the weekend and the Longitude festival.(...)

Donald Trump jnr and Eric Trump  in Doonbeg, Co Clare, last month. Businesses in the village have reported a surge in interest from visitors as a result of US president Donald Trump’s June visit. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

The Co Clare golf resort owned by Donald Trump was not permitted to profit from rooms taken by the presidential entourage during his visit last month,(...)

US president Donald Trump meets North Korean leader Kim Jong-un at the demilitarised zone. Photograph: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters

Donald Trump became the first sitting US president to set foot in North Korea after briefly crossing the border in the demilitarised zone after shakin(...)

 There has not been a single conviction for human trafficking  in this country during the last five years. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Not a single conviction for human trafficking was secured in this country during the last five years and insufficient efforts were made by Government (...)

US president Donald Trump: his decision to pull out of the 2015 nuclear deal was always bound to have consequences.  Photograph: Erin Schaff/The New York Times

The shooting down of a US surveillance drone by Iran this week and America’s equivocal response opens a new front in the increasingly tense standoff b(...)

President of Cyprus Nicos Anastasiades: has expressed “utmost satisfaction”with the EU’s  supportive stance. Photograph: Julian Warnand

The European Council’s willingness to contemplate measures against Turkey over its illegal drilling for natural gas off the coast of Cyprus has been m(...)

A handout photo provided by the Iranian president’s office shows President Hassan Rouhani of Iran visiting the Bushehr nuclear power plant just outside of Bushehr, Iran, in January 2015. Photograph: Mohammad Berno/Iranian president’s office, via The New York Times

As a snapshot of the confusion and double-standards that characterise the Trump’s administration’s dealings with Iran, this was as good as any. Asked (...)

Mexican foreign minister Marcelo Ebrard holds a news conference at the Mexican embassy in Washington on Wednesday following talks with US vice President Mike Pence and secretary of state Mike Pompeo. Photograph: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Mexican and US officials resumed talks on trade and migration on Thursday, with the Trump administration resisting calls from US businesses and some R(...)

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