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Donald Trump shakes hands with Martin Luther King Centre president Isaac Newton Farris in the White House on Friday before the US president signed a proclamation to honour Martin Luther King Day. Photograph: EPA

An alleged description of African and other countries as “shitholes” by Donald Trump prompted outrage on Friday, even as the US president appeared to (...)

Tánaiste Simon Coveney and Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas at the president’s office in the West Bank city of Ramallah. Photograph: Majdi Mohammed/AP

Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney has invited Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas to Ireland for what would be his first officia(...)

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is seen on the balcony of the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, in May  2017. Photograph: Peter Nicholls/Reuters

Ecuador has confirmed it has granted citizenship to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. Foreign affairs minister María Fernanda Espinosa confirmed the(...)

Institute of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists chair Dr Peter Boylan. The institute said it looked forward to continuing to assist “in informing legislation to enhance women’s health and safety”. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

The Institute of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists has said it supports the recommendations of the Joint Committee on the Eighth Amendment to the Const(...)

US president Donald Trump speaks during a retreat with Republican politicians at Camp David in Thurmont, Maryland. Photograph: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images

US president Donald Trump and his aides have hit back at speculation about the president’s mental health as controversy over an explosive book on his (...)

Pakistani students burn images of US president Donald Trump during a protest against aid cuts in Islamabad on Friday. Photograph: Farooq Naeem/AFP/Getty Images

The US is suspending security assistance to Pakistan as the Trump administration escalates pressure on the government in Islamabad to prevent terroris(...)

German foreign minister Sigmar Gabriel  with  Ukrainian counterpart Pavlo Klimkin  in Kiev on Thursday. “I hope we will manage to adopt a realistic and suitable mandate for a UN mission before the elections in Russia,” said Mr Gabriel.  Photograph:  Gleb Garanich/Reuters

Germany has called for the swift approval of a strong United Nations peacekeeping mission for eastern Ukraine, but expressed doubt over whether US ar(...)

Abe’s government approved a record budget last month, with defence outlays rising for a sixth year. Photograph: AP

Japan is facing its most perilous security situation since the second World War due to North Korea’s “unacceptable” provocations, prime minister Shinz(...)

Former British prime minister Tony Blair told BBC Radio 4: “Here’s a story that is literally an invention and is now half way around the world with conspiracy theories attached to it. That’s modern politics.”  Photograph:  Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

Tony Blair has dismissed as a “complete invention” a claim that he warned Donald Trump’s advisers that UK intelligence may have spied on him during th(...)

A person whose decision-making capacity is in question should be as free as anyone else to make decisions. The  Assisted Decision-Making Capacity Act will help. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

“Do you know where you are?” “Do you know what date it is?” “Can you name the Taoiseach?” “Can you spell ‘world’ backwards?” These questions are f(...)

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