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 Mayor Toru Hashimoto: ’I understand that my remark could be construed as an insult to the US forces and to the American people’

A Japanese politician apologised today for saying US troops should frequent adult entertainment businesses as a way to reduce rapes. Howe(...)

Lithuania’s foreign minister Linas Linkevicius listens to Britain’s foreign secretary William Hague (R) at the start of an European Union foreign ministers meeting in Brussels today. Photograph:  Francois Lenoir/Reuters.

European foreign ministers have reconvened talks in Brussels tonight where divisions remain over a proposal to lift an EU arms embargo on the Syrian o(...)

Demonstrators protest against the killing of British soldier Lee Rigby, outside the Woolwich barracks in southeast London yesterday. Photograph: Olivia Harris/Reuters.

Three men who were arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to commit murder in connection with the killing of Drummer Lee Rigby have been released (...)

Too posh to push?

The presentation of a study showing Caesarean sections are more common among pregnant women who have private insurance and who attend consultan(...)

Italy’s Matteo Manassero  celebrates victory after the fourth play-off hole during the final round of the BMW PGA Championship on the West Course at Wentworth yesterday. Photograph: Getty Images

The giant billboards lining the London Road on the way in to Wentworth hailed Europe’s Ryder Cup heroes, with a celebratory photograph of the t(...)

 Carl Froch at the post-bout press conference at the O2 Arena, London. Photograph: Nick Potts/PA Wire.

Carl Froch immediately set his sights on avenging the other blot on his record after overcoming his first conqueror Mikkel Kessler in a scintil(...)

Martin Doran’s Ellen Construction built the refurbished Bewleys Hotel in Ballsbridge. Mr Doran sought bankruptcy in the UK in 2011

Two Irish property developers, who were declared bankrupt in Britain leaving more tha(...)

Apple Operations International, a subsidiary of Apple Inc, is seen in Hollyhill, Cork. Photograph: Michael MacSweeney/Reuters

Former Apple executives claim the almost tax-free status enjoyed in Ireland by the iPhone and iPad ma(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny: “Those unions who have now agreed with the Haddington Road statement will have those agreements honoured, and those unions that do not will be subject to legislation.” Photograph: Julien Behal/PA Wire

Two teaching unions are seeking further talks on improving the Haddington Road Agreement on reducing the State’s pay bill in education and othe(...)

Rebecca Rigby,  wife of murdered soldier Lee Rigby, grieves during a family press conference at the Regimental HQ of his unit, the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers today. Photograph: Dave Thompson - WPA Pool/Getty Images

Two women arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to murder British soldier Lee Rigby (25) in London on Wednesday have been released without charge(...)

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