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People displaced from fighting in Bor wash themselves in the White Nile river in Minkaman, in Awerial county, Lakes state, in South Sudan yesterday. Photograph: Andreea Campeanu/Reuters

At least 200 people died when a boat ferrying people fleeing reports of violence in South Sudan’s Upper Nile state sank, an army spokesman said. The (...)

Human rights and trade

That trade promotion and an ethical foreign policy are uneasy bedfellows has been clearly apparent during the Taoiseach’s visits this week to Saudi Ar(...)

The father and a younger sister of Devyani Khobragade, the indicted diplomat accused of exploiting her housekeeper in New York, are surrounded by media at an airport in Delhi, India. Ms Khobragade has been transferred to a post in India Photograph: Kuni Takahashi/New York Times

India has ordered an official at the US embassy to leave New Delhi in tit-for-tat expulsions in the diplomatic row between the countries after an Indi(...)

Our man in Riyadh: Enda Kenny with Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud (right), Saudi Arabia’s deputy prime minister and minister for defence

It rained a bit, and according to RTÉ’s correspondent the driving in Saudi Arabia was a bit hair-raising – women drivers, eh? – but it looked like a j(...)

A settler is lead away by an Israeli soldier after confrontations with Palestinians in the village of Qusra, near the West Bank City of Nablus. Photograph: Alaa Badarneh/EPA

Israel today published tenders for 1,400 new homes in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem, days after US secretary of state John Kerry visited t(...)

India’s deputy consul general in New York, Devyani Khobragade, attends a Rutgers University event at India’s Consulate General in New York in this file photo. Photograph: Mohammed Jaffer/Reuters

An Indian diplomat whose arrest and strip-search caused a major rift in US-Indian ties was effectively expelled from the United States as part of a de(...)

Former NBA basketball star Dennis Rodman (C) takes part in a practice session with North Korean basketball players and other former NBA stars in Pyongyang earlier this week. Photograph: Kyodo/Reuters

Retired US basketball star Dennis Rodman has apologised for comments he made about a US missionary who is being held in North Korea, saying he had bee(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny with Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed al Nahyan, the UAE foreign minister. The Irish delegation has made no excuses about the fact that this trip is about trade, investment and creating jobs back home. Photograph:  Maria Sundinemail

It is hard to fault the effort Taoiseach Enda Kenny has invested in the Enterprise Ireland trade mission to the Gulf region this week. He talked up, i(...)

 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(...)

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