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President  Higgins and Costa Rica’s president Laura Chinchilla  walk to a joint news conference at the Presidential house in San Jose on October 28th. Mr Higgins largely steered clear of contentious political issues during his Latin American tour. Photograph: Juan Carlos Ulate/Reuters

It was a shame President Michael D Higgins wasn’t able to make Nicaragua the fourth stop on his tour of Latin America this week along with Mexico, El (...)

Smoke rises after a bomb exploded near a public ground where Gujarat’s chief minister and Hindu nationalist Narendra Modi, the prime ministerial candidate for India’s main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), was to address a rally in the eastern Indian city of Patnatoday. Photograph: Krishna Murari Kishan/Reuters
Bombers target India rally

At least five people died and 50 were injured as seven bombs exploded in the Indian city of Patna hours before Narendra Modi, a prime ministerial cand(...)

Cairo university students and members of the Muslim Brotherhood shout slogans against the military in front of Cairo University in Cairo earlier this week. Photograph: Mohamed Abd El Ghany/Reuters

The US said last night it would withhold deliveries of tanks, fighter aircraft, helicopters and missiles as well as $260 million (€192 million) in cas(...)

A 3D art piece by artist Eduardo Relero shows Russian President Vladimir Putin and US President Barack Obama puzzling over a map of Syria, during the United Nations General Assembly in New York this week. Photograph: Joshua Lott/Reuters

The five permanent members of the deeply divided United Nations Security Council have agreed on a resolution to eliminate Syria’s chemical weapons.The(...)

Volunteers at the MP Shah hospital help a man overcome with grief after learning one of his relatives had been  killed in yesterday’s attack at the Westgate shopping mall in Nairobi. Photograph: Thomas Mukoya/Reuters

Kenyan security forces remain locked in a stand-off with terrorists in a Nairobi shopping centre, nearly 24 hours after the gang opened fire in the bu(...)

Dr Richard Haass insisted the Northern Ireland negotiations would finish and recommendations for future action would be published by the end of December. 
Photograph: Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye

The first plenary session of talks involving the main Stormont parties to resolve problems linked to parades, flags and legacy issues have been descri(...)

US diplomat Richard Haass (centre) assisted by Harvard professor Meghan O’Sullivan (right) during round table Photograph: Paul Faith/PA Wire

The first plenary session of talks involving the main Stormont parties to resolve problems linked to parades, flags and legacy issues have been descri(...)

US president Barack Obama speaks with CBS Evening News anchor Scott Pelley at the White House on September 9th, 2013 in Washington. Photograph: CBS News via Getty Images

France is to put forward a UN Security Council draft resolution for Syria to give up its chemical weapons, quickly turning a Russian idea into a full-(...)

US President Barack Obama speaks to the media during a news conference at the G20 summit in St Petersburg.

US president Barack Obama is to step up efforts to rally support among sceptical US lawmakers for military action against Syria after failing to secur(...)

A Palestinian protester hurls a stone at Israeli troops during clashes after a protest, which was against Palestinian prisoners being held in Israeli jails, in the West Bank village of Bilin near Ramallah. Photograph: Mohamad Torokman/Reuters

Peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians are proving pointless and will not bear fruit without much greater pressure from Washington, a senior (...)

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