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Surface-to-air missile defences light up the sky over Damascus during  US-led air strikes on Syria. Photograph: AP Photo/Hassan Ammar

The EU’s unequivocal support for Saturday’s missile strikes on Syria is likely to be somewhat muted on Monday when foreign ministers meet in Luxembour(...)

Shares in Norwegian Air rose 47%  after IAG said it was considering marking an offer for the carrier. Photograph: Reuters

Ireland’s benchmark Iseq overall index outperformed wider European markets on Thursday, rising 0.95 per cent. European shares rose alongside a relie(...)

Facebook co-founder, Chairman and CEO Mark Zuckerberg smiles at the conclusion of his testimony before the House Energy and Commerce Committee in the Rayburn House Office Building on Capitol Hill, April 11th, 2018 in Washington, DC. Photograph: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Sorry may be the hardest word for many people, but not Mark Zuckerberg. Few people in the public eye spend so much of their time sincerely and humbly (...)

US president Donald Trump: said the US would consider publishing a list of a further $100 billion of Chinese imports on which tariffs could be imposed. Photograph: Tom Brenner/New York Times

A dangerous game of chicken is under way between Washington and Beijing on trade. Tensions rose significantly earlier this week as US president Donald(...)

US president Donald Trump  and Chinese president Xi Jinping: senior ministers on both sides have hinted at the scope for a negotiated compromise. Photograph: JIm Lo Scalzo/Filip Singer/EPA
Can we avoid a trade war?

Is there time for the US and China to avoid a trade war? Perhaps, but President Donald Trump is showing no sign yet of backing down after his announce(...)

Martin Luther King: US contemplates his legacy amid polarised views as to what to do with statues of Confederate generals who fought for the pro-slavery south.

As the United States prepares to mark the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King’s death next Thursday, the anniversary has prompted much soul-search(...)

Ireland is not alone in its opposition to the digital services tax proposal put forward by the European Commission as an interim measure

It hasn’t gone away, you know. The European Commission’s proposal to impose a tax on the turnover of digital companies selling in the EU was not agree(...)

In the United States, there have been more than 30 mass shootings so far this year, while the total for 2017 was 346, according to data from the (...)

Pierre Moscovici, European commissioner in charge of economic and financial affairs: “The digital economy is a major opportunity for Europe, and Europe is a huge source of revenues for digital firms.” Photograph: Olivier Hoslet/EPA

New European Commission proposals to tax giant digital companies are expected to get a rough ride when EU leaders debate the issue at their summit her(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar takes questions from the floor after giving a foreign policy speech at the Brookings Institute in Washington DC on day three of his visit to the US.  Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has sought to assure unionists that Ireland has “no hidden agenda” as he called on them to get behind efforts to break the poli(...)

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