David Nabarro, special adviser to UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon on the 2030 Agenda. Photograph: Eric Luke

David Nabarro is guiding states towards compliance with the UN’s 2030 Agenda

 Dominick Chilcott, British Ambassador to Ireland, addressing an Irish Exporters Association forum on Wednesday. Photograph: Maxwells.

Dominick Chilcott says ‘strategic aim’ to keep UK inside a reformed European Union

Sustainable Development Goals: Getting 193 countries to sign off on   2030 Agenda was widely considered a major achievement for the UN while also strengthening Ireland’s reputation as a serious player on international development stage

As the UN’s 2030 Agenda comes into force, negotiators recall a fraught drafting process

Syrians fleeing the northern embattled city of Aleppo wait for tents in Bab-Al Salam, near the Turkish border crossing. Photograph: Bulent Kilic/AFP/Getty Images

Concerns are rising that closure of the border with Turkey will halt flow of aid into Syria

Syrians fleeing the northern  city of Aleppo wait  in Bab Al-Salam, near the city of Azaz, northern Syria, near the Turkish border crossing. Photograph: Bulent Kilic/AFP/Getty Images

Opposition-held areas of Aleppo city close to encirclement as Assad forces step up assault

 President Michael D Higgins:  Central to what he describes as his “presidency of ideas” is a desire to challenge, to provoke, to question assumptions and orthodoxies. Photograph: Frank Miller

President pushing out boundaries of office with latest comments

Former editor of The Irish Times Conor Brady, one of Gsoc’s three commissioners from 2005 to 2011, wrote at the weekend that he authorised numerous phone record requests, as provided for by law. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Former commissioner says he authorised numerous phone record requests

Fumigating to prevent dengue, chikunguya and Zika virus at El Angel cemetery, in Lima, Peru. Photograph: Martin Mejia/AP Photo

Pregnant women advised to be wary of visiting affected parts of Latin America

Students from Stratford College, Dublin; Laurel Hill Coláiste FCJ, Limerick; Coláiste Dhúlaigh, Dublin; and Newtown School, Waterford, read  out the Scroll of Names at the Holocaust Memorial Day. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Enda Kenny recalls how in 1938 Europe closed its borders to fleeing Jewish refugees

Migrants near   Miratovac, Serbia: Critics of the  so-called Dublin Regulation, which requires asylum seekers to make their application for protection in the EU state in which they arrive, claim it drives migrants into the hands of smugglers. Photograph: Marko Djurica/Reuters

Calls from southern Europe for regulation to be dropped have intensified recently

A migrant wrapped with her child in a thermal blanket waits for a train to Croatia at a train station in Presevo, Serbia, this week.  Photograph: Marko Djurica/Reuters

Figures from Minister for Justice show 11 Eritreans and 44 Iranians also refused entry

British prime minister David Cameron and Taoiseach Enda Kenny at Downing Street in London. File photograph: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

Government says bloc’s core principles will not be diminished to prevent Brexit

 EU Council president Donald Tusk warned the bloc “no more than two months” to tackle the migration crisis or else face the collapse of the passport-free Schengen zone. Photograph:  Laurent Dubrule

Donald Tusk warns Schengen will collapse if EU fails to tackle migrant crisis

Refugees use their sleeping blankets to keep warm as they walk along snow-covered fields near the Macedonian-Serbian border. Photograph: Dimitar Dilkoff/AFP/Getty Images

Government acknowledges ‘very low’ number of applications

European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker: ‘Whoever kills Schengen carries the internal market to its grave.’ Photograph: Yves Herman/Reuters

Angela Merkel is under intense pressure as Austria imposes new border restrictions

New Irish ambassadors to Australia, Canada and Greece are among 11 senior diplomatic nominees  approved by Cabinet.

Envoys to Australia, Canada, Belgium and Greece among the appointed nominees

 Front Line Defenders executive director, Mary Lawlor  at the launch of ‘Stop the Killings - Front Line Defenders Annual Report 2016’. Photograph:  Conor McCabe Photography.

Front Line Defenders says Ireland slow to raise concerns with countries such as China and Ethiopia

Iranians hold aloft posters of Shia cleric Nimr al-Nimr during an anti-Saudi Arabia demonstration at the Imam Hossein square in Tehran. Photograph: EPA

Department of Foreign Affairs says Dublin working for death penalty abolition globally

Seven children among dead after boat apparently capsizes. Photograph: Reuters

Bodies washed ashore as over 2,500 migrants a day make perilous voyage to Greece

 Mary Lawlor, founder and director of Front Line Defenders: “Ireland and the EU must be as strong speaking up for human rights defenders in countries where they have political and strategic interests as they are when it comes to the usual suspects,” she said. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Almost half of activists killed were linked to defence of indigenous people’s, says group

The UK ballot on whether it should withdraw from the EU could take place this year. A decision to leave would change this country (...)

Nighat Dad: “I think 10 times before writing anything on Twitter or Facebook. Who is watching me? Why are they watching me? If they’re watching me, how will they interpret my message or my post on social media?”

Accidental activist Nighat Dad leads campaign for digital rights as women who use social media particularly vulnerable to haras(...)

Migrants and refugees paddling a rubber dinghy approach the beach at Psalidi near Kos Town, Kos, Greece, on August 21st.  Photograph: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

World review of the year: Flow of refugees from Syria and other countries gathers speed

The “ruinously selfish” behaviour of some member states towards refugees has brought the European Union to its knees, former attorney general Peter Sutherland has said.  Photograph: Aidan Crawley

‘Paralysis and ambivalence’ threatening Europe’s future

Ibrahim Halawa: He was 17 when arrested during protests against the ousting of Egypt’s then president Mohamed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood.

Analysis: No quick solution for Government in what Egypt sees as a terrorism case

Ibrahim Halawa has been detained  in Egypt for more than two years.

European Parliament resolution demands unconditional release of Irish man

EU parliament resolution demanding that death penalty be ruled out  if Ibrahim Halawa is convicted  passed yesterday by 566 votes to 11. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

EU parliament seeks Irish man’s immediate release and cites breach of human rights

Former president Mary Robinson speaking at the symposium hosted by Charlie Flanagan TD, with Kofi Annan, former United Nations Secretary General. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

Ireland ‘a model member’ of United Nations, Kofi Annan says marking 60 years of membership

Mongolian women working in the clothing industry. When women are paid, they earn on average 24%  less than men

Ireland in sixth place on ‘Human Development Report’ index

The trial in Egypt of Irishman Ibrahim Halawa has been postponed for the tenth time.

Absence of one of the 420 defendants results in trial being adjourned until 19th December

People queue  outside Bishop Street Social Welfare Office in Dublin:  a report from EU research agency Eurofound found immigrants are less likely than the local population to claim welfare benefits.  Photograph: Frank Miller

Central and eastern Europeans claim fewer benefits, put lower burden on public services

Migrants and refugees queue at a camp to be register after crossing the Macedonian-Greek border near Gevgelija. Photograph: Getty Images

Group of 21 NGOs calls on State to ‘show leadership’ by lifting Dublin Convention

Clearly identified: The guidelines set out how   produce   from Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank, which are illegal under international law, should be labelled if they are sold in the EU. Photograph: Thinkstock

Food labeling measure widely seen as attempt to put political pressure on Israel

Volunteers light lamps on a red ribbon, the symbol of solidarity with people living with HIV/Aids, on the banks of the Ganges in India. Photograph: Bikas Das/AP

International funding stagnates, though Ireland singled out for praise in report

Security staff at work at the site of the COP21 climate summit at Le Bourget, near Paris. Photograph: Benoit Tessier/Reuters

Civil and military forces deployed to guard the venue where 140 world leaders will meet next week

A French police officer stands guard by the Eiffel tower. Photograph: Eric Gaillard/Reuters

Salah Abdeslam, who fled to Belgium, may have changed his plans at the last minute

  A handout picture provided by the French ministry of interior   shows police forces during a police assault in Saint-Denis, near Paris, on November 18th.   Photograph: Jerome Groisard/Dicom/Ministry of Interior/EPA

Abdelhamid Abaaoud identified on CCTV footage recorded at suburban metro station while killings in progress in central Pa(...)

French President Francois Hollande: Was left clearly shaken by the attacks. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Paris aftermath: French leader undergoes transformation few could have imagined

A woman lights candles at a makeshift memorial for the victims of a series of deadly attacks in Paris, at the Place de la Republique  on November 20th, 2015, one week after a series of deadly terror attacks in the French capital. Photograph: Kenzo Tribouillard/AFP/Getty Images

Country’s senate votes to extend state of emergency for three months

French prime minister Manuel Valls addresses parliament in Paris. Photograph: Etienne Laurent/EPA

Ministers will propose increased scrutiny of EU nationals entering Schengen zone

French president François Hollande reviews troops  in the courtyard of the Hotel des Invalides, Paris, yesterday. Photograph: Dominique Faget/AFP/Getty Images

By an overwhelming vote, assembly broadens powers of house arrest

French soldiers patrol near Notre Dame cathedral in Paris: dozens of armed soldiers outnumber the tourists taking pictures of the famous façade. Photograph: Peter Dejong/AP Photo

Sharp fall-off in tourists visiting Paris while fears of attack lead to traffic gridlock

Stade de France stadium: “The Euros will take place under maximum security,” the French sports minister said.  Photograph:  Mike Hewitt/Getty Images

Measures would be in place for European Championships next summer

French special forces and medical vehicles  on rue de la Republique in Saint-Denis, north of central Paris. Photograph: Marc Piasecki/Getty Images

Intelligence leads police to Saint-Denis in hunt for Paris attacks mastermind

Nohemi Gonzalez (23) had dual US and Mexican nationality and was studying in Paris on exchange from California State University, Long Beach.

The range of ages and nationalities exposes the indiscriminate nature of Friday’s terrorist attacks, writes Ruadhán Mac Cormaic (...)

A Police van is parked at the cordoned off crime scene at the Bataclan concert hall on Monday. Photograph AFP Photo/ Bertrand Guay/AFP/Getty Images

The investigation shows security agencies failed to join the dots

A woman holds a crucifix as she sits on the pavement opposite the main entrance of Bataclan concert hall. Photograph: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

Attacks clustered on 10th and 11th arrondissements, known for the best nightlife

French President François Hollande delivers his speech during an exceptional joint gathering of both of the French houses of parliament in Versailles.  Photograph: Thierry Chesnot/Getty Images

Paris aftermath: François Hollande indicates current state of emergency will be extended

Irish man underwent surgery for gunshot wounds sustained at Paris concert venue

Journalists  in front of the house in Chartres, France, where neighbours say Ismaël Omar Mostefaï, one of the three suspected attackers who killed almost 100 people at the Bataclan music venue in Paris, lived with his family until about two years ago. Photograph: Michel Spingler/AP

Paris suburb-born Mostefai identified from severed finger found at Bataclan

Some of the reported victims. Top row (L-R) followed by bottom row (L-R): Valentin Ribet; Caroline Prénat; Nick Alexander; Nohemi Gonzalez; Guillaume B. Decherf; Djamila Houd; Mathieu Hoche; Alberto González Garrido; Kheireddine Sahbi; Elif Dogan.

Citizens of at least 15 countries among the 132 killed in the attacks

Candles  next to a flower in  a broken window of Le Carillon restaurant in Paris,  the site of one of the attacks in the French capital on Friday. Photograph: Loic Venance/AFP/Getty Images

Massive air attack targets Raqqa in northern Syria as hunt continues for Salah Abdeslam

An injured man holds his head as people gather near the Bataclan concert hall following fatal shootings in Paris. Photograph: Christian Hartmann/Reuters

Friday night’s six deadly attacks were launched within an hour of each other

French prime minister Manuel Valls (centre) arrives with interior minister Bernard Cazeneuve  and defence minister Jean-Yves Le Drian at the Gare du Nord railway station in Paris. Photograph: Eric Feferberg/AFP/Getty Images

Former DGSE agent says attacks at several locations is ‘security services nightmare’

A policeman redirects civilians in front of the Bataclan concert hall. Photograph: Miguel Medina/AFP/Getty Images

Ismaël Omar Mostefaï had been identified as being at risk of radicalisation in 2010

Arrest warrant issued for Abdeslam Salah.

France conducts ‘massive’ air strikes against Islamic State in Syria two days Paris attacks

 Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan.  According to  “Guardian” he received  explicit assurances  twice in the past year that Irish migrants would not be affected by any welfare changes.  Photograph: Alan Betson

UK benefits claimed by 14,000 Irish nationals, 12,000 British nationals on Live Register

Smoke rises from the site of US-led air strikes in the town of Sinjar, Iraq. Photograph: Ari Jalal/Reuters

Loss of Sinjar is second significant battlefield reversal for Islamic State in recent days

Maldives National Defence Force personnel patrol the streets in the capital, Malé, on November 4th, after a state of emergency was declared. It has since been lifted. Photograph: Sharwaan/Sun Online via AP

State of emergency declared over ‘threat to national security’ lifted on Tuesday

A group of European Christian Dutch visit in a showroom of soaps produced in a small factory in the Israeli settlement of Kohav Hashahar, in the occupied West Bank, during a tour organised by the Lev Haolam foundation, which supports companies in Israeli settlements. Photograph: Menahem Kahana/AFP/Getty Images

Move seen as applying political pressure on Israel, which has fiercely opposed guidelines

President Michael D Higgins and Sabina Higgins with Bolivian president Evo Morales at Áras an Uachtaráin. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Bolivian president Evo Morales is the first South American head of state to visit Ireland

Swearing in: Michael D Higgins during his inauguration at Dublin Castle in 2011, flanked by his predecessors Mary Robinson and Mary McAleese. Photograph: Maxwell

Weekend Read: Michael D’s public success, popular touch and work rate have confounded sceptics who doubted if a 74-year-old with a(...)

Bolivia’s president Evo Morales: Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan said he woulld discuss trade and political links between the two countries.  Photograph: David Mercado/Reuters

Bolivian president the first South American head of state to come to Ireland

Russian tourists arriving at the Sharm el-Sheikh airport this week. Photograph: Khaled Elfiqi

Irish Aviation Authority bans Irish operators from Sharm el-Sheikh over bomb fears

Anwar al-Bunni: “There is no future for Syria if the people responsible for war crimes are not brought to justice.”

Leading Syrian human rights lawyer Anwar al-Bunni to address Dublin event

Farmers picking their harvest  in Alaga, Ethiopia. “The concern is that if there is not a timely response the situation will deteriorate,” says John Rynne of Goal. Photograph:  Thomas Imo/Photothek via Getty Images

Over eight million people are already in need of food assistance as livelihoods devastated

 Hebron, on February 2014: Many of those taking to the streets to throw stones at Israeli soldiers have no memory  of the suffering of the second intifada.  HAZEM BADER/AFP/Getty Images

Talk of a third intifada may be premature, but violence can produce its own momentum.

A child with moderate malnutrition at the office of Action Contre la Faim (Action Against Hunger) in Aweil, Northern Bahr El-Ghazal state in South Sudan. According to reports, from 2.5 million to 4.6 million people are classified severely food insecure in South Sudan. Photograph: Albert Gonzalez Farran/ AFP/Getty Images

Historic change suggests starvation could be brought to an end across the globe by 2030

Dr Declan Barry of Médecins Sans Frontières was until recently medical director at the MSF hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan, which was bombed by US aircraft two weeks ago. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Irish doctor left MSF hospital in Afghanistan two weeks before US aircraft bombed it

Minister for Foreign Affairs  Charlie Flanagan. File  photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Flanagan says additional funding shows State’s commitment to fighting global crises

Ghassan Ahmed Hussein, a Syrian refugee from Homs at the Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) hospital in Amman. Ghassan lost both of his legs during shelling in Homs and is now undergoing rehabilitation. Photograph: Ted Nieters

A specialised facility in Amman cares for the wounded from Syria, Iraq and Yemen

Azraq refugee camp in Jordan. Photograph: UNHCR/ M Hawari/ Ruadhán Mac Cormaic

Restricted arrivals at refuge as fear of IS means mounting difficulty crossing border

The children of Halima Hawad Al Ali and Abdulmouti Al Ibrahim  at their home in Amman, Jordan. Photograph: Ted Nieters

Cuts to humanitarian aid leave hundreds of thousands facing into winter with little help

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald: a spokesman from her department said said no decision had been made on where  in Ireland the 2,450 refugees would be resettled. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Almost 2,500 scheduled to come to Ireland before Christmas under new EU programme

Hans Zomer (47) has been director of Dóchas, an umbrella group for Ireland’s development agencies, for the past 13 years. File photograph: Cyril Byrne

Dóchas director Hans Zomer’s appointment comes after departure of two advisers

The hospital in Kunduz which was bombed on Saturday. Médecins Sans Frontières says 12  of its staff and 10 patients, including three children, were killed in the attack. Photograph: MSF handout/EPA

Médecins Sans Frontières nurse recounts horrors of airstrike on hospital

Gerry Adams in Havana, Cuba: he said that while change in Cuba would present “many challenges, such challenges are part of revolutionary struggle,”  Photograph: Desmond Boylan/AP.

Sinn Féin leader praises Castro and Obama during visit and calls for end to US embargo

Uphill battle: the aftermath of air strikes in Kafr Nabel, a town in Idlib province. Photograph: Hadi al-Abdallah via AP

The Syrian conflict has lasted more than four years, displacing 11m Syrians and killing 250,000. Russia’s intervention this week r(...)

Terry McCarthy’s 27-year career  began on the front lines in Nicaragua and El Salvador.

Irish journalist Terry McCarthy has seen huge change in 30 years in world’s warzones

President Michael D Higgins: signed Bill in accordance with Constitution. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Supreme Court rejected appeal against referendum result after Bill already signed

Former minister for justice Alan Shatter: appeals in referendum result cases should automatically bypass the Court of Appeal. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Shatter says appeals in referendum cases should go straight to the Supreme Court

 British prime minister David Cameron: by the time his entourage denied claims in a new book, a paper had serialised it and social media gleefully spun some A-grade hashtags. Photograph: Jasper Juinen/Bloomberg

Issues and questions: Irish college society initiations seem tamer than in Britain and US

 Students from John Scottus School,  Dublin, sing and join members of the Indian community to welcome prime minister of India Narendra Modi to Ireland at  the Double Tree Hotel, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Modi discusses terrorism, migration and bilateral trade with Kenny during Dublin visit

Indian artist Raj Saini puts the finishing touches to a painting  of Indian prime minister Narendra Modi. Photograph: Sanjeev Gupta/EPA

Prime minister Narendra Modi’s trip is the first of its kind in more than half a century

Commission for Energy Regulation, says  forum a ‘vital component’ in the development of the sector.

Body, made up of 32 members, will discuss ideas in relation to the provision of water

New  Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn leaves his party’s headquarters in London on September 14th,  Photograph:  Neil Hall/Reuters

The new leader of the British Labour Party navigated a difficult first week

Jeremy Corbyn moments after he was announced as the new leader of the UK Labour Party during a leadership conference in London. Photograph: Kirsty Wigglesworth/AP Photo

Jeremy Corbyn won by a landslide, astonishing even his own supporters

Jeremy Corbyn (second right) is announced as the new Labour leader on Saturday, flanked by defeated rivals Andy Burnham, Yvette Cooper and Liz Kendall. Photograph: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images.

Greatest threat to Labour leader comes from within party, which he must hold together

Jeremy Corbyn, the UK’s new Labour leader, has pledged to bring together ‘ideas from all levels of the party’. Photograph: Stefan Rousseau/PA

New Labour leader faces challenge to unite MPs as eight refuse to join shadow cabinet

Jeremy Corbyn salutes the crowd shortly after his announcement as new leader of the UK labour party. Photograph: Getty

Prominent front benchers say they will not serve in new party leader’s shadow cabinet

Newly-elected Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn is greeted by supporters after delivering a speech during an event expressing solidarity with refugees in Parliament Square, London. Photograph: EPA

Many long-time socialists feel that Labour now has a leader they can believe in

The new leader of Britain’s opposition Labour Party Jeremy Corbyn makes his inaugural speech at the Queen Elizabeth Centre in central London. Photograph: Reuters

Left-winger succeeds Ed Miliband as party leader with Tom Watson as deputy leader

The Fennelly report notes Attorney General Maire Whelan did not contact Martin Callinan or Alan Shatter directly on the phone recording issue. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Analysis: Focus on fact the Attorney General never approached Shatter on crisis

Ibrahim Halawa:  awaiting trial in Egypt.   Ilustration: Brian Gallagher

Weekend Read: Ibrahim Halawa travelled with his sisters to Egypt, where he was caught up in political protests and arrested. Effor(...)

Omaima, Fatima and Somaia Halawa sisters of Ibrahim Halawa who is awaiting trial in Egypt. Photograph: The Irish Times

Irish citizen Ibrahim Halawa and almost 500 co-accused to stand trial on terrorist charges

US secretary of state John Kerry presents the Trafficking in Persons Report. It urged Ireland to implement its trafficking law to ensure offenders were held accountable through convictions and dissuasive sentences. Photograph: Shawn Thew/EPA

No convictions for sex or labour trafficking in Ireland in 2014, US state department finds

Four youths, aged 15 and 16, broke out of Oberstown detention facility, near Lusk, at around 9.30pm on Saturday. Four youths, aged 15 and 16, broke out of Oberstown detention facility, near Lusk, at around 9.30pm on Saturday.

Four teenagers broke out of Oberstown facility, one later handed himself in to gardaí

Anti water charge protest. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

Head of Irish Water parent company says there is ‘no other rational solution’ to utility

Why is the Government proposing a law to state that judges must do what they’re already doing? For symbolic and political effect, partly

New rules could help shine light on an opaque part of the legal system

 President Michael D Higgins and his wife Sabina with Wendy and Colin Parry at the Tim Parry Johnathan Ball Foundation for Peace Centre, Warrington. Photograph: Shane O’Neill/Fennell Photography.

President pays tribute to families of two boys killed in town centre attack in 1993

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