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# international relations

Last year
2022
Voices
Michéal Martin: Europe’s most sacred task remains its first - peace
The Tánaiste reflects on Ireland’s 50 years in the EU and the development of the country’s voice within.
Voices
Opinion: Ireland has shown great leadership in protecting civilians affected by urban warfare
Liam O’Dwyer and Philip Spoerri of the Red Cross welcome today’s political declaration on urban warfare expected at Dublin Castle.
Voices
Tom Clonan: Is Russia planning on invading Ukraine?
The security expert looks at the likelihood of an all-out invasion of Ukraine by Russia, and how it will play out on a global stage.
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# Tigray Conflict
Eritrea condemns 'illicit and immoral' US sanctions over conflict in Ethiopia
Eritrea claimed the new sanctions reflected a “misguided and hostile policy” by the US and were based on false allegations.
# Global Affairs
NATO allies meet to discuss cyber attacks, China and withdrawal from Afghanistan
Joe Biden is seeking to restore trust at the first summit post-Trump.
Voices
Barry Andrews: Richard O'Halloran and China's handling of such cases should not be ignored
The MEP says China’s holding of Richard O’Halloran against his will is an outrageous breach of human rights.
# Ballistic
North Korea fires more missiles into Sea of Japan amid global occupation with coronavirus
North Korea yet to officially report a case of Covid-19 but it is speculated that the virus has reached the country.
# Explainer
Explainer: What were the Armenian massacres and why is it controversial to describe them as a 'genocide'?
Recognition of the killings as ‘genocide’ is the subject of a dispute between Turkey and Armenia.
# international relations
Coveney rules out Occupied Territories Bill support but will discuss free vote with Independent Alliance ministers
Despite government opposition, the Bill has cross-party support from Labour, Sinn Féin, Fianna Fáil as well as independent senators.
# history lessons
Political rows over Eurovision have made headlines before - so what are the chances of an Irish withdrawal?
Rarely a year went by in the late 1970s without Turkey or Greece sitting out the event.
# Putin's pal
'Great move, Vladimir': Trump praises Russian President for reaction to US sanctions
“I always knew he was very smart,” Trump tweeted.
# War games
The most powerful militaries on earth ranked from 20 to 1
You probably won’t be surprised at the top three.
# international relations
'European Union': Erasmus programme has produced one million babies, says EU
“Cultural exchange”, eh?
Voices
Opinion: American policy is moving ever further from European interests
Under the Obama administration the NSA has continued to grow and Libya has slipped into chaos, meanwhile relations with Russia are reaching crisis point.
# Diplomacy
Eamon Gilmore calls for support on UN Syria, but Russia's already said no
The resolution will seek to refer Syria to the International Criminal Court.
# you're hired
Ireland is reopening its Vatican Embassy, here's the new Ambassador...
Emma Madigan will be in charge of Ireland’s slimmed down presence in the Holy See.
# Bad Neighbours
Tensions rise after North Korea fires across maritime border with South Korea
South Korea says that it will make a “resolute retaliation” to the firing of over 200 rounds into their waters.
# standoff
Vladimir Putin has begun the process of taking Crimea into the Russian Federation
An agreement is still to be signed but the UK has already said Russia has taken is ‘paving the way for the annexation of part of Ukraine’.
# international relations
Here's what the Tánaiste is up to in Paris today
Eamon Gilmore is spending three days in France ahead of St Patrick’s Day.
# international relations
Obama calls European leaders over Ukraine crisis
The new measures will ‘noticeably affect relations between the international community and Russia’.
# gallant allies
'European friends came to the help of Ireland': TDs brief Scots on EU membership
Labour TD Eric Byrne told Scottish counterparts that “it wasn’t Europe who sabotaged” the Irish economy.
# Japan
Annual Japanese dolphin hunt documented in 'The Cove' begins amid US criticism
The hunt in the fishing village of Taiji in western Japan has come under international criticism and was the subject of the Academy Award-winning film “The Cove”.
# Chemical Weapons
First shipment of chemical weapons leaves Syria
Syria agreed last year to a US-Russian deal to hand over its chemical weapons.
# international relations
China gives Japan 'severe reprimand' over PM's war shrine visit
Before and during World War II Japanese forces swept through much of east Asia, and their treatment of both civilians and prisoners of war was often appalling.
# War
America is sending missiles and drones to Iraq
The weapons were shipped on the back of increased Al-Qaeda violence.
# international incident
US planes defy Chinese flight restrictions over disputed islands - Reports
The US B-52s that flew through a Chinese air defence zone are believed to have been unarmed.
# hello
David Cameron calls Iranian President Hassan Rouhani
It was the first time in over a ten years that a British PM has called his counterpart in Tehran.
# no rush
CIA (finally) admits it masterminded the 1953 coup in Iran
The coup toppled Iran’s prime minister after he tried to nationalise his country’s oil wealth from Britain.
# Diplomacy
Dubliner Samantha Power confirmed as US ambassador to UN
The genocide expert and human rights champion sailed through on a 87-10 vote.
Voices
Column: North Korea’s pursuit of the bomb should not be ignored
While a functioning nuclear weapon remains years away for North Korea, recent activities and statements will nevertheless have a worrying effect in Seoul, Washington and the wider world, writes Jason Douglas.
# Adoptions
Putin says he will sign anti-US adoptions bill
The Russian president said today he will sign a controversial bill banning Americans from adopting Russian children.
Voices
Sitdown Sunday: 7 deadly reads
The very best of the week’s writing from around the web…
# international relations
Nǐ hǎo! Taoiseach to start visit to China today
Enda Kenny is due to meet with Chinese premier Wen Jiabao in Beijing during the four-day visit to promote trade and investment in Ireland.
# action
Ireland to take part in 'Friends of Syria' conference
Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore is in Tunisia for discussions on how to help the Syrian people.
# Chinese Visit
Taoiseach praises 'special relationship' as Xi Jinping visit enters final day
The Chinese vice president will visit Áras an Uachtaráin this morning on the final day of his three day visit to Ireland.
# Pirates
Iran welcomes US rescue of sailors from pirates
Iran’s government has called the US Navy’s rescue of 13 Iranian fishermen held by pirates “a positive humanitarian gesture” – but some of the country’s media outlets see things differently.
# Diplomacy
Tánaiste meets with Bulgarian Foreign Minister in Dublin
Eamon Gilmore discussed a range of issues with Nickolay Mladenov, who is making his first official visit to Ireland.