Members of the Syrian White Helmet group in    Damascus last month. Photograph: Mohammed Badra/EPA

The Tipperary Peace Convention has awarded its annual prize to the Syrian Civil Defence, also known as “the White Helmets”. The group of 3,000 volun(...)

Former special US special envoy to Northern Ireland, Gary Hart: Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

The former US special envoy to Northern Ireland, Gary Hart, has condemned the proposal by the Trump administration to abolish the diplomatic role as “(...)

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson  on Monday proposed the abolishment of the US special envoy to Northern Ireland. Photograph: Reuters/Mike Theiler

The US Secretary of State has proposed abolishing the position of US special envoy to Northern Ireland, part of a worldwide plan which will see more t(...)

Following on from Anchorman 2 and Zoolander 2, the latest in a series of belated sequels to emerge from Paramount Studios ought to be the most superfl(...)

Ribbons with inscriptions calling for peace and reunification are displayed on a military fence at Imjingak peace park near the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) dividing the two Koreas in the border city of Paju. Photograph: Jung Yeon-Je/AFP/Getty Images

The senior national security officials of the United States and South Korea spoke for about 40 minutes on Friday after North Korea announced plans to (...)

Riot police chase after protesters during clashes in the Kawangware slum of Nairobi on Thursday, in the wake of Kenya’s presidential election. Photograph: Ben Curtis/AP

International observers on Thursday praised the handling of Kenya’s presidential election, with the European Union mission saying it had seen no sign(...)

American student Otto Warmbier being escorted at the supreme court in Pyongyang, North Korea, in March 2016. He was sentenced to 15 years in prison for stealing a propaganda poster. Photograph: Reuters/Kyodo

For more than a year, while their son Otto was a prisoner in North Korea, Fred and Cindy Warmbier knew nothing about his fate. Then, over the last wee(...)

 USS Porter  launching a missile strike while in the Mediterranean Sea, 07 April 2017. The United States military launched at least 50 tomahawk cruise missiles against al-Shayrat military airfield near Homs, Syria, in response to the Syrian military’s alleged use of chemical weapons in an airstrike in a rebel held area in Idlib province. EPA/US NAVYEPA/US NAVY

President Donald Trump’s airstrikes against Syria were of dubious legality. They were hypocritical. They were impulsive. They may have had political m(...)

Rex Tillerson with EU foreign police chief Federica Mogherini during a meeting of foreign ministers from the G7 group,  in Lucca, Italy, on Monday. Photograph: Vincenzo Pinto/AFP/Getty Images

US secretary of state Rex Tillerson is taking a hard line against Russia on the eve of his first diplomatic trip to Moscow, calling the country “inco(...)

 Cardinal Jaime Ortega  arriving at the Cathedral of Havana to celebrate his last mass as Archbishop  on May 7th, 2016. Photograph: Yamil Lage/AFP/Getty Images

In May 2014, Cardinal Jaime Ortega, the long-time archbishop of Havana and one of the most influential political figures in Cuba, travelled to Washin(...)