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 President Barack Obama and US Vice President Joe Biden  in the private dining room of the White House yesterday.  According to reports, the Obama administration denied that press access to the meeting had anything to do the  revelations released in the memoir of former defence secretary Robert Gates. Photograph:   Aude Guerrucci-Pool/Getty Images

The White House and former Obama administration aides have spoken out against stinging criticism levelled by former US defence secretary Robert Gates (...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny at  the Abu Dhabi Ireland Investment Forum and B2B meetings hosted by the Abu Dhabi Chamber of commerce as part of the Enterprise Ireland Trade Mission to the Gulf.

The Taoiseach said he did not voice concerns about human rights issues in Saudi Arabia and Qatar while meeting senior politicians in the Gulf region a(...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel  is congratulated by her outgoing chief of staff Ronald Pofalla after being re-elected in a vote session at the Bundestag. Photograph: David Gannon/AFP/Getty Images

Ronald Pofalla was chancellor Angela Merkel’s right-hand man, a low-profile but well-networked operator who served as her chancellery chief of staff i(...)

Eng Abdullah S Al-Mobty, chairman of Saudi chambers of commerce and industry, Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Mr Al Rabiat, vice-chairman of the chambers, in Riyadh yesterday.

The Saudi Arabians have extended a great welcome to the Taoiseach this week on his first visit to the kingdom. Enda Kenny has been keen to compliment (...)

Barristers and solicitors outside Southwark Crown Court, London, during a nationwide strike against Government plans to cut fees as part of a bid to slash £220 million from the legal aid budget by 2018/19. Photograph: PA

Hundreds of barristers in England and Wales held their first strike yesterday in protest at a one-third cut in fees, which is due to come into force i(...)

Enda Kenny pictured in Saudi Arabia earlier today.

Economic and human rights issues were discussed when Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Salman met in Riyadh today.Speaking after th(...)

Grang Demebiar (centre), son of late Sudanese politician John Garang, at the opening of South Sudan’s negotiations in Ethiopia’s Addis Ababa on Saturday. Photograph: Tiksa Negeri/Reuters

Gunshots rang out in South Sudan’s capital, Juba, for about an hour yesterday as peace talks between rebels and the government to hammer out a ceasefi(...)

African migrants take part in a rally in Tel Aviv yesterday. The Israeli government has adopted a controversial policy of “voluntary deportation”, in which migrants are paid to leave, either to their country of origin or a third country.  Photograph: Uriel Sinai/Getty Images

Tens of thousands of African asylum seekers have rallied in Tel Aviv protesting against a recent crackdown by the Israeli authorities, which has resul(...)

A sizzling summer; a late late spring, ferocious storms driven by the Atlantic jetstream, evidence of more extreme weather. All these meteorological t(...)

Displaced people who fled the recent fighting between government and rebel forces in Bor prepare to sleep in the open at night in the town of Awerial, South Sudan, on Wednesday. Photograph: Ben Curtis/AP

South Sudan’s government and rebels finally began talks today to end weeks of bloodletting after days of delay as the United States ordered out more o(...)

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