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Chinese vice-president Li Yuanchao and US vice-president Joe Biden listen to their national anthems during a welcoming ceremony inside the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. Photograph: Lintao Zhang/Reuters

Relations with China need to be based on trust, US vice-president Joe Biden said as he emerged from a meeting with president Xi Jinping, with neither (...)

Members of the Irish Defence forces pictured patrolling the perimeter of Dublin airport. An organisation representing officers has expressed concern at falling personnel numbers. Photograph: Aidan Crawley.

The strength of the Defence Forces has been reduced as far as it can go, the Representative Association for Commissioned Officers (Raco) has said. The(...)

Pope Francis addresses the faithful as a pigeon flies by during the Angelus prayer at Saint Peter’s Square in the Vatican on Sunday. The Vatican has refused to provide a United Nations rights panel with information on the Church’s internal investigations into the sexual abuse of children by clergy, saying that its policy was to keep such cases confidential. Photograph: Ettore Ferrari/EPA

The Vatican refused to provide a United Nations rights panel with information on the Church’s internal investigations into the sexual abuse of childr(...)

Minister for Justice Alan Shatter said he hoped to publish the Bill on the merger of the IHRC and the Equality Authority before Christmas. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Legislation providing for the merger of the Irish Human Rights Commission (IHRC) and the Equality Authority is expected to be published “before Christ(...)

A Free Syrian Army fighter rests near some weapons in Aleppo today. The UN has said evidence collected by its investigators looking into Syrian war crimes implicates president Bashar al-Assad. Photograph: Molhem Barakat/Reuters.

Evidence collected by UN investigators looking into Syrian war crimes implicates president Bashar al-Assad, United Nations human rights chief Navi Pil(...)

A Thai anti-government protester waves a Thai flag in a face off with riot police officers as the demonstrators try and reach to the Metropolitan Police Bureau in Bangkok, Thailand, today. Photograph: Narong Sangnak/EPA.

Thai prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra has offered to “open every door” to find a peaceful solution to a political crisis gripping Bangkok as police(...)

In the many accounts of the history of the emergence of Ireland from isolation from the late 1950s onwards, the name of Brian Joseph O’Connor, who has(...)

Soldiers of the 43rd Infantry Group 
on a march-past at Cathal Brugha barracks today, where Alan Shatter, TD, Minister for Justice, Equality & Defence performed a ministerial review of 43 Infantry Group UNDOF on the eve of its departure for a tour of peacekeeping duty in
departing for the peacekeeping mission in 
the Golan Heights in
September
yria.

The ambushing of Irish troops, with vehicles carrying Defence Forces personnel taking volleys of shots and what looks like a blast from an explosive d(...)

Irish troops have been fired on by Syrian anti-government forces in the Golan Heights area. Photograph: Kate Geraghty/The Irish Times

Irish troops serving on the United Nations mission in Syria have come under fire from anti government armed forces, with a number of their vehicles da(...)

The United Nations Committee Against Torture (Uncat) has queried limitations in the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Act, adding to reservations ab(...)

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