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A Unmanned Aerial System at the US military base in Vilseck-Grafenwoehr in Germany. “The detachment of warfare feeds into how we are detaching ourselves more and more from the reality of living.” Photograph: Reuters/Michaela Rehle

The idea of clocking into work, sitting down at a desk and pressing buttons to kill people thousands of miles away is a terrifying, dystopian vision o(...)

Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs Eamon Gilmore said it appeared to have been an isolated incident which took place as a result of an administrative  error. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

An armed US military aircraft stopped at Shannon airport early last month in breach of Government rules prohibiting planes carrying weapons from landi(...)

A dreadful war

The four United States soldiers killed by a bomb on Sunday in Afghanistan brought the number of US military deaths there since 2001 to 2,146. More tha(...)

Sunshine on Leith

A movie based on a stage musical based on the songs of The Proclaimers? We know what you’re thinking: Letter to America, Sunshine on Leith, 500 Miles (...)

An injured policeman is rushed to a hospital for treatment after six people were killed in a raid on an Indian police station near the border with Pakistan. Photograph: Reuters

A group of suspected Islamist militants killed 10 people, including five policemen and three soldiers, in a strike in India’s disputed northern Jammu (...)

A rare opportunity

That turbulent times create opportunities for creative political diplomacy has rarely been illustrated so well as by current events in the wider Middl(...)

An island that rose from the sea following an earthquake is pictured off Pakistan’s Gwadar coastline in the Arabian Sea . Photograph: Stringer /Reuters

More than 300 people are feared to have been killed in one of the worst earthquakes to hit Pakistan in years, and with the death toll steadily rising (...)

A file photograph of former Taliban fighters sitting in their cells in the prison in northern Afghan town of Shibirgan. Photograph: Shamil Zhumatov/Reuters.

Pakistani officials have reportedly released their highest-ranking Afghan Taliban prisoner in a bid to kick-start Afghanistan’s struggling peace proce(...)

Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar was captured in Pakistan in 2010 and has since emerged as a figure who Afghanistan and Pakistan believe could help to persuade his former comrades to lay down their weapons and engage in peace talks. Image: Google Maps

Pakistan will release former Afghan Taliban second-in-command Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar tomorrow, the Pakistani foreign ministry said today.The Unite(...)

Military action against Syria should remain an option as the international community attempts to enforce proposals for president Bashar Assad’s regime(...)

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