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Well-placed Government sources said Minister for Defence Alan Shatter would bring a Green Paper on defence to Cabinet next Tuesday, the first official step in the review of defence policy. Photograph: Eric Luke

The Government is set to embark on a formal review of its defence policy, a process with potential for friction between Fine Gael and Labour over the (...)

Britain’s environment secretary Owen Paterson views a genetically modified crop trial during a visit to Rothamsted crop research station in  Hertfordshire, on Thursday. Photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA

Millions of children have died, or gone blind despite the existence of a genetically-modified rice that could have helped them, the British environmen(...)

With the expiration of patents on more blockbuster drugs in the offing, what is the future of the sector in Ireland and what impact could any change h(...)

Mark Dempsey believes in getting value for money. Five years ago, he chose armed British security guards working for a small security company in Ba(...)

A Syrian rebel unit has claimed responsibility in a video for killing four Shia men in Lebanon this week as Syria’s civil war spills into its smaller,(...)

Residents gather yesterday at a coffee shop that was destroyed in a suicide bomb attack in Baghdad. Five people were killed and 20 were wounded in the attack on Sunday night. Photograph: Saad Shalash/Reuters

Two co-ordinated suicide bombings at a Shia Muslim mosque in Baghdad killed at least 29 worshippers at noon prayers today. The first bomber detonated (...)

What kind of place would I like to grow old in? This was the question that Margharita Solan and a group of professionals living in Naas, Co Kildare as(...)

Iraqi security forces inspect the site of a bomb attack in Basra, 420km southeast of Baghdad. Photograph: Reuters

Attacks across Iraq targeting mainly Shia Muslims killed at least 30 people today, intensifying fears of a descent into all-out sectarian war.Ten yea(...)

Zowie Brown, aged six, whose great grandfather was a pardoned Irish soldier, attends a wreath-laying ceremony  at the  National War Memorial in Islandbridge, Dublin, with second World War  veteran  Phillip Farrington. Photograph: Julien Behal/PA Wire

One of the last surviving Irish soldiers granted a pardon after fighting against Nazi Germany has laid a wreath to remember his comrades.Phil Farringt(...)

Tullow Oil, the exploration company headed by Irishman Aidan Heavey, has won a major London legal battle against Heritage Oil after a judge ruled in t(...)

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