The Government is committed to early ratification, and, despite Brexit consuming so much of the department’s time and resources, negatively, I hope in a very positive way this treaty can be ratified by Ireland before the end of the year.’ File photograph: Sara Freund/The Irish Times: ‘

It would be illegal for most American military flights to pass through Shannon airport under a new international nuclear weapons treaty which the Gove(...)

When Lost In Translation was released in 2003, it became many a cinephile’s dream to go and immerse themselves in the brilliant, bizarre culture of Ja(...)

Rescue workers look for missing people in a house damaged by heavy rain in Kumano town, Hiroshima Prefecture, on Monday. Photograph: Reuters

Rescuers in Japan dug through mud and rubble on Monday, racing to find survivors after torrential rain unleashed floods and landslides that killed at (...)

Residents are evacuated  from floodwaters caused by heavy rains in Kurashiki, Okayama prefecture. Torrents of rainfall and flooding continued to batter southwestern Japan. Photograph: AP

Unprecedented rains that have killed at least 66 people also stranded 1,000 in the western Japanese city of Kurashiki on Sunday, including about 100 a(...)

Mike Pompeo, US secretary of state, set out a long list of demands on Iran in a speech on Monday at the  Heritage Foundation in Washington, D.C.  Photograph: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg.

A senior Iranian military commander poured scorn on US threats to tighten sanctions on Tuesday, saying the Islamic Republic’s people would respond by (...)

A photograph released by the North Korean government shows what was said to be the test launch of a Hwasong-12 intermediate range missile in Pyongyang, North Korea, in August 2017. Photograph:  Korean Central News Agency/Korea News Service via AP

The mountain above North Korea’s main nuclear test site has collapsed, research by Chinese geologists shows. It means that the site is unsafe for furt(...)

South Korean soldiers lock the entrance to a beach on Yeonpyeong island, near the ‘northern limit line’ sea boundary with North Korea on Tuesday. Photograph: Ed Jones/AFP/Getty Images

South Korean president Moon Jae-in will greet North Korean leader Kim Jong-un on Friday as the latter crosses a military demarcation line to enter the(...)

Japanese chef Takashi Miyazaki  at his new restaurant ichigo ichie in Cork city. Photograph: Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision

Takashi Miyazaki’s first job after leaving school was in a small café in the airport of his home city of Fukuoka on the island of Kyushu in southern J(...)

An image of Mongee bananas. Photograph: D&T Farm

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US president Donald Trump alongside Defense Secretary James Mattis and Vice President Mike Pence at the Pentagon last month. A new nuclear policy issued by the Trump administration last Friday vows to counter a rush by the Russians to modernise their forces. Photograph: Al Drago/The New York Times

A treaty committing the United States and Russia to keeping their nuclear arsenals at their lowest levels since the Cold War came into effect on Monda(...)

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