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Frances Greene Brisbane I am Frances from Carnlough, Co Antrim. My husband is Rory from Gortahork, Co Donegal. We have three children (one Aussie born(...)

US president Joe Biden addresses the 76th session of the UN General Assembly in New York on Tuesday. Photograph: Brendan Smialowski/AFP via Getty Images

Joe Biden has vowed to double the financial aid given to developing countries vulnerable to the worsening climate crisis as he warned the United Nati(...)

US president Joe Biden and French president Emmanuel Macron. In the round, Paris gets the US more right than some easily mesmerised European capitals. File photograph: New York Times

The French approach to foreign affairs can be cold, one-eyed, chauvinist – and right. De Gaulle’s blackballing of Britain from the European project tu(...)

Relative to GDP, the Irish State’s performance is seen as being above expectations for its level of development

The Republic of Ireland has fallen four places in a ranking of the most innovative nations and is down seven places compared to two years ago. The Gl(...)

EU foreign affairs chief Josep Borrell  at a press conference in  New York on Sunday. Photograph: Jason Szenes/EPA

EU foreign ministers have expressed “clear solidarity” with France in a spat with Australia, the United States and Britain that has strained the trans(...)

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European shares rose on Tuesday after their biggest fall in two months on easing worries about the spillover from the crisis at China’s Evergrande, wh(...)

Officials empty a ballot box following the election committee subsector ordinary elections in Hong Kong on Sunday. Photograph: Bloomberg

Hong Kong’s chief executive, Carrie Lam, has defended the weekend’s election of a powerful committee to appoint senior leaders, after just one non-est(...)

South Sudanese children gather in a refugee camp:  migration pacts may be among the big flashpoints in geopolitics to come. Photograph:  Ashraf Shazly/AFP via Getty Images

Most predictions about the future of technology age badly, but even the least prescient of them can tell us a great deal about the present. If a singl(...)

World greenhouse gas emissions are set to rise 16 per cent by 2030 compared with 2010, based on all the existing climate pledges that have been formally submitted by the 191 parties to the Paris accord. Photograph: iStock

The world’s climate pledges are far off track from meeting the goals of the Paris climate accord, according to a new UN report card that tallies up na(...)

Some 60.4 million Germans are called to elect a new government on September 26th and all polls suggest it will be a tight race. Chancellor Angela Mer(...)

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