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US secretary of state John Kerry gestures as he meets Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem yesterday. After seeing Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas in Jordan, Kerry travelled to Jerusalem for evening talks with Netanyahu – a meeting that had been originally expected today. Photograph: Reuters/Jacquelyn Martin

US secretary of state John Kerry is to meet Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu tonight for the third time in consecutive days as he pushes his (...)

Solitary confinement: a prison officer passes out food in the general population section of Pelican Bay State Prison in Crescent City, California. Photograph: Jim Wilson/The New York Times

Of the 10.1 million people held in penal institutions across the world, 2.29 million are held in the US. Of those, 80 per cent are poor, more than 60 (...)

Under the redress scheme survivors will receive a tax-free lump sum of up to €100,000 and enhanced State pension entitlements in recognition of their time in Magdalene laundries.

  A number of religious congregations have told Minister for Justice Alan Shatter that they will be making no contribution to the Magda(...)

Abu al-Taib, the leader of Ahbab Al-Mustafa Battalion, demonstrates to female members as he holds a gun during a military training in a mosque in the Seif El Dawla neighbourhood in Aleppo on Monday. Photograph: Muzaffar Salman/Reuters

An opposition monitoring group that has tracked Syria’s widening civil war said today that more than 100,000 people had died in the 27-month confli(...)

Former taoiseach Liam Cosgrave’s most vivid recollection of US president John F Kennedy’s 1963 visit to Ireland is of the excitement that gripped the country. “I remember driving up Dame Street and people were hanging out of windows to see him coming along as he was going up to the Castle.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Ireland’s venerable elder statesman, 93-year-old Liam Cosgrave, has a precise memory of the day US president John F Kennedy addressed a joint sitting (...)

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,(...)

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