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US ambassador to Ireland Margaret Heckler presents her credentials to president Patrick Hillery at Áras an Uachtaráin in January 1986. Photograph: Pat Langan

Ireland has a strange quirk to its access to information laws. The now well-known Freedom of Information Act was enacted in 1997 and allows citizens a(...)

An army trooper looks on, while manning a checkpoint in Sanaa  Yemen. Photograph: Khaled Abdullah/Reuters

The United States and Britain have withdrawn staff from Yemen today due to security concerns. The US has told its citizens in Yemen today to leave the(...)

A flag flutters outside the US embassy in Tel Aviv. Photograph: Nir Elias /Reuters

The Obama administration’s decision last week to close nearly two dozen diplomatic missions and issue a worldwide travel alert came after the United S(...)

Government funding secured in US for George J Mitchell Scholar programme which  sends American students to Ireland.  Photograph: Don Ryan/AP Photo

A US Congressional committee has weighed in to support another year of US government funding for the George J Mitchell Scholar programme, which sends (...)

US embassies that would normally be open this Sunday will be closed that day because of unspecified security concerns, the US State Department said.

US embassies that would normally be open this Sunday - including those in Abu Dhabi, Baghdad and Cairo - will be closed that day because of unspecifie(...)

The mother (R) of Palestinian Ateya Abu Moussa, who has been held prisoner by Israel for 20 years, reacts as she is hugged by her sister after hearing news on the possible release of her son. Abu Moussa was expected to be among more than 100 Arab prisoners to be released as a step to renew stalled peace talks with the Palestinians in Washington today. Photograph: Reuters

Israeli and Palestinian negotiators will resume peace talks today, the US State Department said in a statement. It will be the first time that the tw(...)

Supporters of deposed Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi run from tear gas fired by riot police during clashes on the Sixth of October Bridge over the Ramsis square area in central Cairo. Photograph: Amr Abdallah Dalsh/Reuters

A spokesman for Egypt’s interim president said today authorities expected Islamist movements to join in national reconciliation, including the Muslim (...)

A handout photograph released during a news conference by the Mexican government  of Miguel Angel Trevino. Trevino (40) known as Z-40, was captured early yesterday by Mexican army marines near the northern city of Nuevo Laredo on the US border, a government spokesman told reporters. Photograph: Secretaria de Gobernacion/Reuters

The Mexican government said last night it had captured the leader of the Zetas drug cartel, delivering a boost to president Enrique Pena Nieto in his (...)

Pro-Islamic Turks take part in a demonstration supporting deposed Egyptian president Mohamed Mursi in Istanbul. Photograph: Umit Bektas/Reuters

The first senior US official to visit Egypt since the army toppled the country’s elected president will hold high-level talks in Cairo today, where th(...)

Members of the Muslim Brotherhood and supporters of deposed Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi hold his pictures and wave Egyptian flags while gathering at the Rabaa Adawiya square in Cairo. Photograph: Mohamed Abd El Ghany/Reuters.

Egypt has announced a criminal investigation against deposed Islamist president Mohamed Morsi, with prosecutors saying they were examining complaints (...)

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