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China’s Defence Ministry said the Chinese naval vessel was conducting ‘normal patrols’ when the two vessels ‘met’. Photograph: Reuters

China has confirmed an incident between a Chinese naval vessel and a US warship in the South China Sea, after Washington said a US guided missile cru(...)

Indian police remove barricades that had been erected as a safety measure outside the main entrance of the US embassy. Photograph: AP Photo

India yesterday launched a series of reprisals against the United States over the recent arrest and strip-search of one of its diplomats in New York.I(...)

A protester holds a placard calling for Germany to give political asylum to the fugitive former US spy agency contractor Edward Snowden, outside the seat of the lower house of parliament, the Bundestag in Berlin last month. Photograph: Thomas Peter/Reuters
NSA officials consider Snowden amnesty
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  • December 16, 2013, 16:04

National Security Agency officials are considering a controversial amnesty that would return Edward Snowden to the United States, in exchange for the (...)

PSNI chief constable Matt Baggott (left) with assistant chief constable Drew Harris, speaking at a press conference at PSNI headquarters in Belfast yesterday.  The chief constable warned of a surge in dissident republican activity after a bomb partially exploded under a shopping centre on Sunday night. Photograph: Paul Faith/PA Wire

Vehicle checkpoints are to return to Belfast after a bomb partially exploded in the city centre on Sunday night.The number of police patrols will als(...)

Tom Carnahan has emerged as the leading candidate to become the next US ambassador to Ireland.

Missouri businessman and lawyer Tom Carnahan, a major fundraiser for President Barack Obama, has emerged as the leading candidate to become the next U(...)

 President Michael D Higgins and his wife, Sabina, with former US ambassador Dan Rooney at a reception for members of the diplomatic corps at Áras an Uachtaráin last year. Photograph: Alan Betson

The only time there was a longer delay in the appointment of a new US ambassador to Ireland was in 1935, and then the official title of the position w(...)

A US Bell Boeing V-22 Osprey arrives at the airport to transport humanitarian workers to typhoon affected areas Tacloban today to help people affected by  Typhoon Haiyan. Photograph: Jeoffrey Maitem/Getty Images

A US aircraft carrier “strike group” started unloading food and water to the typhoon-ravaged central Philippines today, as president Benigno Aquino fa(...)

Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu attends a special Knesset (Israeli parliament) session yesterday. Photograph: Uriel Sinai/Getty Images.

Israel’s prime minister has abruptly halted a plan to explore the potential construction of thousands of new homes in West Bank settlements.Benjamin N(...)

Members of indie band the Yellow Dogs (L-R) Soroush Farazmand, Siavash ‘Obash’ Karampour and Koory Mirz perform at the Brooklyn Bowl in Williamsburg neighbourhood in New York. Photograph: Ray Thomas/Handout via Reuters.

For their music they had risked the wrath of Iran’s government, practicing American-style rock in makeshift soundproof studios and performing it in un(...)

Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) presidential candidate Mohamed Nasheed, who was ousted as president in 2012, leaves after a media conference in Male yesterday. Photograph: Reuters.

Maldives police clashed with hundreds of protesters today after outgoing president Mohamed Waheed said he would remain in power after his term ended,(...)

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