Mike Pompeo

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Former US secretary of state Mike Pompeo: Worries that his successors lack ‘the resolve and the steel’ to deter Russian menaces against Ukraine.  File photograph: Getty

You have to do a cartoon-like double-take to recognise the newly sleek Mike Pompeo. If what goes into his mouth has changed, the words that come out o(...)

British prime minister Neville Chamberlain  making his ‘peace in our time’ address at Heston Airport on his return from Munich on November 30th, 1938. Photograph: Fox Photos/Getty Images

The eyes have become livelier, and that thin voice much more resonant. Nor does the upward revision of Neville Chamberlain in Munich: The Edge of(...)

Henry Kissinger, US secretary of state, with vice premier Deng Xiaoping of China at a dinner  in 1974, New York

You will have seen it play out on the news so often as to become cliché. A bereaved person embarks on a crusade against whichever disease, crime or pu(...)

The Americans resisted British pressure to extend the timeframe for US withdrawal from Kabul airport. Photograph: Getty

The United Kingdom has been taught a painful lesson about its diminished place in the world by the debacle in Afghanistan, but that should not prompt (...)

Members of the World Health Organisation  team investigating the origins of the  coronavirus pandemic arrive  at the Wuhan Institute of Virology  on February 3rd last. Photograph: Hector Retamal/AFP via Getty Images

When US president Joe Biden last week ordered US intelligence to intensify efforts to determine the origins of Covid-19, he gave fresh life to the the(...)

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director general of the World Health Organisation: “The team . . . expressed the difficulties they encountered in accessing raw data.” Photograph: Dursun Aydemir/Anadolu Agency/Bloomberg

The head of the World Health Organisation has criticised China’s sharing of data at the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic in Wuhan as the WHO unve(...)

UCC is considering further links with Minzu University in Beijing.

The Government has been warned that developing links between Irish and Chinese universities must be scrutinised because of concerns about human rights(...)

 Members of the World Health Organization team tasked with investigating the origins of the coronavirus disease in Wuhan last week. Photograph: Alex Plavevski/EPA

The White House has called on China to hand over data from the early stages of the coronavirus pandemic and expressed “deep concerns” about a World He(...)

Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda. Photograph: Peter de Jong/Pool/AFP via Getty

Human rights groups across the world have called on US president Joe Biden to reverse an order signed by his predecessor, Donald Trump, imposing sanct(...)

John Kerry, US special presidential envoy on climate. “The stakes on climate change just simply couldn’t be any higher than they are right now.” Photograph: EPA/Stefani Reynolds/Pool

US special presidential envoy on climate John Kerry warned that the Paris climate accord is “not enough” to tackle climate change, as he made his firs(...)

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