Zhou Enlai

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US soldiers attend a training session for the Afghan army in  Afghanistan,  February 2nd, 2019 Photograph: EPA/Jalil Rezayee

Zhou Enlai’s supposed judgment on the French Revolution has always looked unbeatable for magisterial long-termism. “Too soon to tell,” the Chinese pre(...)

 Former US president George HW Bush (bottom) celebrates his 85th birthday by jumping with the US army’s Golden Knight parachute team in a tandem jump with SFC Michael Elliott in Kennebunkport, Maine in  2009. Photograph: Reuters

George Herbert Walker Bush Born June 12th, 1924 Died November 30th, 2018 George HW Bush, who has died aged 94, was the 41st president of the US (19(...)

Yan’an, in the Shanbei region of China’s Shaanxi province: “the dusty birthplace of an epochal story of social change, where an agrarian, inward-looking country evolved into the world’s second-biggest economy”. Photograph:  Getty Images

The sun is setting above Yan’an, where the 1949 revolution in China that swept the communists to power under the leadership of chairman Mao Zedong spr(...)

British prime minister Winston Churchill, US president Franklin D Roosevelt and Russian leader  Joseph Stalin pose at the Livadia Palace in Yalta, Crimea at the conclusion of the Yalta conference in February 1945. Photograph:  Keystone-France/Gamma-Keystone via Getty Images

It is immensely flattering for Kim Jong-un, the leader of North Korea – a small, impoverished and isolated country – to take part in a one-to-one summ(...)

The 88th Oscars in Hollywood: Mark Rylance, Brie Larson, Leonardo DiCaprio and Alicia Vikander. Photograph: Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty

What were your cultural highlights of 2016? I’m not sure if this counts as “cultural”, but getting to attend the Oscars was a treat. The surge in Iri(...)

Visitors walk past a map showing the route taken by the Red Army during an exhibition on the Long March at the military museum in Beijing. Photograph: Ng Han Guan/AP Photo

China’s president Xi Jinping has rallied Communist Party members on the 80th anniversary of the Red Army’s “Long March”, a foundation tale filled with(...)

Marc Riboud’s famous photograph of Jan Rose Kasmir during the 1967 march on the Pentagon, which helped turn US public opinion against the Vietnam War. Photograph: Marc Riboud/Magnum Photos

On October 21st, 1967, Jan Rose Kasmir (17) went to a demonstration against the Vietnam War outside the Pentagon. Marc Riboud photographed Kasmir con(...)

In the two decades since the murder of crime journalist Veronica Guerin, the control centres of Dublin’s criminal gangs have moved abroad. Photograph: Collins

When Richard Nixon visited Beijing in 1972, the Chinese premier Zhou Enlai was asked for his view on the impact of the French Revolution. He replied t(...)

Born a British subject in a malarial tropical backwater in 1923, Lee Kuan Yew, the founding father of Singapore, who has died aged 91, created one of (...)

Senator David Norris said the 1916 Rising leaders were ‘traitors to their own cause’. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Independent Senator David Norris described the 1916 leaders as “traitors’’ in sharp exchanges in the Seanad today.Mr Norris said he believed that W B (...)

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