US president Barack Obama arrives to deliver a statement on Syria in the Rose Garden of the White House on Saturday. He changed his mind about military intervention in Syria while strolling around the White House grounds with his top adviser, chief of staff Denis McDonough, on Friday evening, NBC News said. Photograph:  Kristoffer Tripplaar-Pool/Getty Images

Barack Obama’s surprise move to defer military action against Syria pending the approval of Congress turns an international crisis over the alleged us(...)

Russia’s foreign minister Sergei Lavrov.  Photograph: Maxim Shemetov/Reuters

In a further boost to its support of President Bashar al-Assad, Russia has announced it is continuing to supply weaponry to Syrian government forces. (...)

Our TDs are often written off as mere ‘messenger boys’, but is their behaviour much different from that of parliamentary representatives in other countries?

The following quote appears in the autobiography of a former Irish cabinet minister: “Foreign colleagues were amazed in an interval of some internatio(...)

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I can chart the major events of most of my adult life in glasses of wine. There was the one – crisp and white – I had in a sunny back garden with my p(...)

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