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Taliban political office chief Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar (left) meets Qatari foreign minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani in Doha. Photograph: Qatari ministry of foreign affairs/AFP

The Taliban’s rapid takeover of Afghanistan has shocked Middle Eastern governments fearful of the regional repercussions of this destabilising develop(...)

Nato secretary general Jens Stoltenberg gives a briefing on the situation in Afghanistan in Brussels on Tuesday. Photograph: EPA/Nato

European allies had hoped Joe Biden’s election to the US presidency would bolster Nato’s relevance after Donald Trump’s acrimonious years. Washington’(...)

Aer Lingus said that it had 94 flights, 47 round trips, to or from all Ireland, to Britain, and a further nine to or from the United States, on Sunday.

Irish air travel has hit about half the pre-pandemic traffic levels four weeks after the Government eased restrictions, official figures show. The Re(...)

Justin Trudeau: With world-leading vaccination rates and an improved outlook for the country’s economy, Canada’s prime minister sees an opportunity to win back the majority that voters denied him in 2019.  Photographer: Christinne Muschi/Bloomberg

Canada’s prime minister, Justin Trudeau, has called a snap election, gambling that voters will reward his administration’s handing of the coronavirus (...)

Photograph: Chris Clor/Tetra/Getty

As travel slowly returns, Irish Times writers and readers recall trips that went horribly – and comically – wrong. As told to Conor Pope In the (...)

Huawei chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou arrives at British Columbia supreme court in Vancouver. Photograph: Don Mackinnon/AFP via Getty

Hours after a court in China sentenced Canadian Michael Spavor to 11 years in prison for espionage, Meng Wanzhou appeared in a Vancouver courtroom, as(...)

Michael Spavor: charged with spying after his government arrested an executive of Chinese tech giant Huawei. Photograph: AP Photo

Canada’s prime minister Justin Trudeau said a Chinese court’s sentencing of Canadian businessman Michael Spavor to 11 years in prison for espionage o(...)

Robert Lloyd Schellenberg during his retrial on drug trafficking charges in 2019. Photograph: Intermediate Peoples’ Court of Dalian/AFP via Getty Images

A Chinese court on Tuesday upheld the death sentence of a Canadian man convicted of drug trafficking, one of several legal cases that have driven a di(...)

Paddy Power owner Flutter says the average number of people who bet with the group regularly every month in the first half rose 40 per cent to 7.625 million.

Shares in Paddy Power owner Flutter Entertainment surged more than 8 per cent after it said pretax profits had trebled to £72 million sterling (€91 mi(...)

Belarusian president Alexander Lukashenko claimed on Monday that no one had been beaten or tortured by his security forces. Photograph: Dmitry Astakhov/AFP via Getty Images

The United States, Canada and Britain have imposed new sanctions on Belarus as its veteran leader, Alexander Lukashenko, said the West risked provokin(...)

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