John Kirby

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The vast majority of Irish prisoners overseas will eventually be released, with many choosing to return home. .PA photo: Rebecca Naden.

The Irish Council for Prisoners Overseas (ICPO) was established 30 years ago by the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference following concerns about the nu(...)

Wang Yu and her husband Bao Longjun have been detained under a form of solitary confinement without access to a lawyer for more than 100 days.

State broadcaster CCTV has broadcast the distraught reaction of jailed dissident lawyer Wang Yu and her husband Bao Longjun as state security agents t(...)

The All Burma Students Democratic Front  has signed the ceasefire. Photograph: AFP

The Government of Burma, also known as Myanmar, and eight armed ethnic groups signed a ceasefire agreement on Thursday, the culmination of more than t(...)

An Israeli border policeman uses pepper spray on a Palestinian man during clashes in Arab East Jerusalem on Friday. Photograph: Ammar Awad/Reuters.

Israel has launched a huge manhunt in the West Bank for the suspected Palestinian gunmen who killed a pair of Israeli settlers in front of their child(...)

Former US senator Gary Hart, Secretary of State John Kerry’s personal representative on Northern Ireland.

The US State Department is watching developments in Northern Ireland “very carefully” and has urged all political parties to “engage constructively” (...)

South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir (right) is congratulated by Kenya’s president Uhuru Kenyatta and Ethiopia’s prime minister Hailemariam Desalegn after signing a peace agreement in South Sudan’s capital, Juba, on Wednesday. Photograph: Jok Solomun/Reuters

South Sudan’s president has signed a peace deal to end a 20-month conflict with rebels, but he told regional African leaders at the ceremony he still(...)

Two members of Turkish police special forces patrol outside a police station after an attack in Istanbul on Monday. Photograph: Huseyin Aldemi/Reuters

Iranian foreign minister Javad Zarif’s visit to Turkey, during which he was expected to discuss the Syrian conflict, has been postponed, a Turkish for(...)

US secretary of state John Kerry was in Geneva to meet his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif in Geneva in an effort to bridge differences on a far-reaching nuclear deal that is to be sealed by the end of next month. Photograph: Jean-Christophe Bott/EPA

US secretary of state John Kerry broke his right leg in an accident while cycling a portion of the Tour de France route near Scionzier, France, on Sun(...)

Archbishop of Tuam Dr Michael Neary said that the referendum is asking to people to not only redefine marriage, but to redefine the family. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times.

A number of senior members of the Irish clergy called for a No vote in the upcoming same-sex marriage referendum during masses held at the weekend.Spe(...)

A US air force MQ-1 Predator drone. The strike, carried out last Thursday as Garar traveled near Diinsoor, Somalia, “dealt another significant blow” to al-Shabab and killed Garar, who is believed to have planned the 2013 attack on the Westgate mall in Kenya, the defence department said.  Photograph: Reuters/US air force

A US drone strike has killed an al Shabab leader linked to the 2013 Kenyan shopping centre massacre in which 67 people were killed.The Pentagon has co(...)

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