The decision on Ban Ki-moon’s  successor is expected to be made by the end of September. Photograph: Getty Images

Method of replacing Ban Ki-moon will be most transparent in UN’s 70-year history

Daily bread: Goal maintains bakeries in Syria. Photograph: Cem Genco/Anadolu/Getty

Almost €3m has been frozen while the US investigates alleged fraud in Syria. The charity says it has managed to keep its projects(...)

Omaima (left), Fatima and Somaia Halawa, sisters of Ibrahim Halawa, continue to campaign for their brother’s release. File photograph: Aidan Crawley

Move follows rejection of all-party Oireachtas motion calling for his immediate release

The authorities believe Garda raids have dealt a blow to a Dublin-based crime gang that had arranged up to 1,000 sham marriages. Photograph: Collins Courts/Files

New powers for registrars and action being taken by gardaí are now bearing fruit

Goal chief executive Barry Andrews: “We work in very difficult environments and I think most of our funders understand that that is the situation.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Department of Foreign Affairs had withheld almost €3m in funding from the aid agency

A Goal emergency response team at work in Nepal. The Department of Foreign Affairs has withheld millions of euro in funding from the aid agency pending a US government inquiry. Photograph: Goalglobal.org

Government refuses to give millions of euro to the aid agency amid investigation

Anglo trial: Three ex-bankers jailed over  fraud scheme

Willie McAteer and John Bowe of Anglo and Denis Casey of Irish Life convicted of fraud

Mr Martin Nolan who has been appointed as a Circuit Court Judge.Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Three former bankers given jail terms in months long trial haunted by its absentees

Willie McAteer, Denis Casey and John Bowe were all handed jail terms on Friday for their roles in a €7 billion fraud. Photograph: Composite/Brenda Fitzsimons/Collins Courts

Willie McAteer given 3.5-year term; Denis Casey two years, nine months; John Bowe two years

Turkish anti-riot police officers escort soldiers who allegedly took part in the military coup, at a courthouse in Istanbul.  Photograph: Bulent Kilic/AFP/Getty Images

Accusations of abuse are baseless, says Necip Egüz, with bruising caused by ‘resistance’

Asli Vatansever: ‘Suddenly we were not afraid any more – not afraid of authority, not afraid to say no, not afraid to talk to strangers on the street, not afraid to be naive enough to believe that we could change the world.’

A peaceful demonstration in Istanbul three years ago sparked a nationwide movement

A Turkish swat team on patrol in Istanbul’s Taksim Square yesterday, following the government’s declaration of a state of emergency. Photograph: EPA/Sedat Suna

Purging 60,000 is just the start as Erdogan tightens grip

A pro-government demonstrator holds a scarf reading the name of Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan during a march towards the Asian side of the Bosphorus Bridge in Istanbul. Photograph: Osman Orsal/Reuters

Government rejects criticism Erdogan is using failed coup to tighten grip on power

Policemen with detainees. The 60,000 purged public servants include soldiers, police, judges, civil servants and regional governors. Photograph: Sedat Suna/EPA

Academics banned from travelling abroad as Erdogan’s purges of state institutions continue

A nearly empty cafe in Istanbul. As tourism accounts for 8 per cent of the national workforce, the slump poses a serious threat to the Turkish economy. Photograph: Ismail Ferdous/Bloomberg

Failed bid to overthrow Recep Erdogan has left hotels virtually empty during peak season

Turkey’s prime minister Binali Yildirim: told parliament that “This parallel terrorist organisation will no longer be an effective pawn for any country. We will dig them up by their roots.” Photograph: Erhan Ortac/Getty Images

Ankara closes down media outlets it says support alleged instigator of failed coup

Supporters of Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan flock to the national standard during a pro-government demonstration on Taksim square in Istanbul, Turkey. Photograph: Reuters

On night of coup d’état, this stronghold of the Turkish president did not let him down

Turkish soldiers search for missing military personnel suspected of being involved in the coup attempt in Marmaris, Turkey, yesterday. Photograph: Kenan Gurbuz/Reuters

Alarm at arrest of 3,000 prosecutors and judges over past three days

Protesters hold the national flag aloft in the aftermath of the attempted coup.  Photograph: EPA

Government cautioned against using coup to purge opponents, stifle dissent

Former Turkish president Abdullah Gul, Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkey’s Grand National Assembly president Ismail Kahraman  and former PM Ahmet Davutoglu attend the funeral service for victims of the thwarted coup in Istanbul, Turkey. Photograph: Burak Kara/Getty Images

Turkish president vows to purge the state of the ‘virus’ behind the military revolt

Flowers placed on the Promenade des Anglais in Nice  in tribute to the victims of the Bastille Day attack that left 84 dead. Photograph: Valery Hache/AFP via Getty

People reflect on the horror on the famed promenade that will never be the same again

People wave the Turkish flag as they join the celebratory crowd in Taksim Square, Istanbul, early yesterday. Photograph: Ismail Ferdous/The New York Times

Exhortations from Turkey’s strongman to resist the coup were decisive

Flowers and candles placed in tribute to the victims of the deadly Bastille Day attack in Nice. Photograph: AFP

Locals express shock and anger as France reels from latest terrorist incident

A man covered with a towel is apprehended by French police as the investigation continues. Photograph: Eric Gaillard/Reuters

About 85 people remain in hospital, many in life-threatening condition

A reproduction of the residence permit of Mohamed Lahouaiej-Bouhlel, the man who rammed his truck into a crowd celebrating Bastille Day in Nice. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Tunisian lorry driver who killed 84 was ‘completely unknown’ to French intelligence

Thermal covers and blankets cover the dead and injured after a heavy truck ran into a crowd  celebrating  Bastille Day on the Promenade des Anglais in Nice. Photograph: Tarubi Wahid Mosta/Reuters

Onlookers mistook the first sounds from France’s latest massacre for fireworks

Supporters of Tukish President Tayyip Erdogan celebrate after soldiers involved in the coup surrendered on the Bosphorus Bridge in Istanbul. Photograph:  Yagiz Karahan/Reuters

At least 60 dead; 754 soldiers arrested; President Erdogan says coup was ‘an act of treason’

Chancellor Angela Merkel with Taoiseach Enda Kenny in Berlin on Tuesday. Dr Merkel said she understood Irish concerns. Photograph: John MacDougall/AFP/Getty Images

Paolo Gentiloni expresses confidence frontier controls could be avoided in Ireland

Taoiseach Enda Kenny will meet German chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin today.

Italian foreign minister Paolo Gentiloni will meet Charlie Flanagan in Dublin today

Ngisti Beyane (26) and her 10-month-old son Biniam Tesfay after walking 8km to the Concern-supported nutrition programme and screening clinic at Sasie Tseda Emba near Kebele in eastern Tigray, Ethiopia. Photograph: Ed Carty/PA Wire

Local mothers struggle to find food for their children as men migrate in search of work

UN special envoy for El Niño and climate change Mary Robinson meeting Ethiopian foreign minister Tedros A Ghebreyesus during her visit to Ethiopia. Photograph: PA

Millions need food aid but funding is $518m short, says former Irish president

“The core message is: aid works.”Concern  chief executive Dominic MacSorley in Juba, South Sudan. Photograph: Concern Worldwide US

Charity’s new five-year plan to focus on fragile environments and long-term poverty

UN special envoy for climate change Mary Robinson will meet representatives of the Ethiopian government and visit areas affected by El Niño. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Former president to visit country with aid agencies to see response to food crisis

 Scottish first minister Nicola Sturgeon has appointed Professor Frances Ruane to a panel of experts to advise the government in Edinburgh on the implications of the Brexit referendum result.  Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Professor Frances Ruane will join Scottish and international experts on the panel

Taoiseach Enda Kenny: Advocating for the best possible deal for the British is likely to be Ireland’s strategy in exit negotiations

In the negotiations that will soon begin on the UK’s withdrawal from the EU, the Irish Government will attempt to strike a delicat(...)

Republic of Ireland fans in Paris ahead of the opening match against Sweden. Photograph: INPHO/James Crombie

Incident occurred two days after Ireland drew with Sweden in its opening game

Ibrahim Halawa:  Has been in prison since August 2013, when he was arrested at the Fateh mosque in Cairo during protests against the ousting of then-president Mohamed Morsi

Hopes dashed as trial of Irish man in Egypt postponed until October at the earliest

Ibrahim Halawa has been in prison in Egypt since August 2013

Sister of Irish citizen imprisoned in Cairo describes outcome as ‘deeply troubling’

Omaima (left) Fatima and Somaia Halawa, sisters of Ibrahim Halawa, hold a poster of him at their home in Dublin in 2014.  Photograph: Aidan Crawley/The Irish Times

Irish citizen has been jailed since 2013 after arrest during major Cairo protests

Today, verdicts could finally be delivered in a mass trial involving the young Irishman Ibrahim Halawa (above), who has been in prison in Egypt since his arrest during protests against the ousting of then-president Mohamed Morsi in mid-August 2013.

Government has intensified lobbying on case but faced backlash for not criticising Egypt

European Commission president Jean- Claude Juncker (centre) hugs Jonathan Hill (R), Britain’s EU Commissioner for Stability, Financial Services and Capital Markets Union, at the start of a special meeting of the European Commission on Brexit in Brussels.  Looking on is Spanish EU Commissioner for Climate and Energy, Miguel Arias Canete. Photograph: Stephanie Lecocq/EPA

Analysis: The European Union is struggling to present a coherent view on Brexit

Westminster Bridge in central London yesterday. Ireland’s massive trade with the UK leaves it particularly exposed to a British EU withdrawal. Photograph: Odd Andersen/AFP/Getty Images

No one knows what fallout will look like and it may take a decade to sort out

Peter Sutherland: “Britain has always been a negative force in Europe”

Former European commissioner say Ireland should insist UK be denied access to single market

 Tom Curran has said he still fears a garda investigation into his role in assisting his wife to die in December 2013.  Photograph: Eric Luke /The Irish Times

Tom Curran still fears Garda investigation into his role in assisting his wife to die

Georgia’s deputy foreign minister David Dondua during his visit to Dublin: he said Moscow was on course to repeat its annexation of Crimea by fully absorbing the regions into its territory. Photograph: Ruadhan Mac Cormaic

European Union must not look the other way while Russia grabs more territory, says Tbilisi

Canadian ambassador to Ireland Kevin Vickers tackles a protester who attempted to disrupt proceedings during a State ceremony to remember the British soldiers who died during the Easter Rising, at Grangegorman Military Cemetery. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

Prime minister yet to take public stance over Kevin Vickers’s clash with Dublin protester

Drawing on interviews with 40 key figures in the selection process, including taoisigh, attorneys general and government ministers over the past 30 years, The Politics of Judicial Selection in Ireland sheds new light on a process that has been shrouded in secrecy since the foundation of the State.

Process has been shrouded in secrecy since the foundation of the State

British Ambassador to Ireland Dominick Chilcott: “If you know people – either Brits in Ireland or Irish people living in Britain – by all means please talk to them,” he told an audience at Trinity College. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

British ambassador says those eligible to vote can make their voice heard on Brexit

Presidential candidates Alexander Van der Bellen (left) of the Austrian Greens and Norbert Hofer (right) of the Austrian Freedom Party (FPÖ) during  a live television discussion after the second round of  Austrian presidential elections on May 22nd, 2016, at the Hofburg palace in Vienna. Photograph: Helmut Fohringer/AFP/Getty Images

Preliminary results show FPÖ candidate Norbert Hofer in the lead on 51.9%

Home from home: Agnieszka Grochola and her daughter, Magdalena. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

The tens of thousands of young people coming here from Poland since 2004 to seek work and new horizons have settled into Irish soc(...)

Goal chief executive Barry Andrews: A US government investigation into alleged bribery and bid-rigging relating to humanitarian aid contracts for Syria has expanded to include 14 aid agencies and individuals and prompted Goal to replace a logistics team based in Turkey. Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill

USAid investigation into alleged bribery grows to include additional agencies

Fazalrahman, Abdul and Naqeeb Ahmadzai: a car blocked their path and men got out and swore at them and kicked and beat them.  Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Gang of four men assaulted family near Marlay Park in Dublin last week

Opinion polls carried out in Northern Ireland in recent months suggest a majority of 53-55 per cent in favour of staying in the EU, with nationalists more likely than unionists to vote to remain. The SDLP and Sinn Féin are on side of remaining.

Voters in NI expressing fears about farming subsidies, immigration and Border controls

Architect Stephen Salley in Aughnacloy: “This town suffered enormously through partition . . . half its hinterland was cut off by the Border.” Photograph: Philip Fitzpatrick.

Locals are concerned about new customs controls, but concerns go beyond commerce

Fazalrahman, Abdul  and Naqeeb Ahmadzai: a car blocked their path and men got out and swore at them and kicked and beat them. Gardaí are seeking a blue Peugeot. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Men were cycling home from Marlay Park in Dublin when gang beat them unconscious

  British ambassador to Ireland Dominick Chilcott. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Former Iran ambassador to leave Dublin in July and be replaced by Robin Barnett

Cache of leaked documents obtained by international media contains 11,000 leaked files with 4,600 individual records of Islamic State fighters. Photograph: Reuters

Algerian-Irish citizen profiled in Islamic State documents leaked by defector last month

Iraqi government forces under Islamic State slogans, in the town of Heet, which they are battling to retake from Isis jihadists. Photograph: Moadh Al-Dulaimi/AFP/Getty Images

Isis files obtained by media reveal an evolving organisation learning from past mistakes

Solicitors long insisted that component of law on suspended sentences was muddled

Joshua Molloy (24), who has been detained in Iraq.

Laois native Joshua Molloy (24) was detained after fighting with Kurdish forces in Syria

 Belgian police  during a search in Shaerbeek in Brussels, Belgium. Photograph: Stephanie Lecocq/EPA

Analysis: Brussels attacks show the gaps between deadly assaults are contracting

The late Supreme Court judge Adrian Hardiman. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times.

Supreme Court judge was colourful and polarising - but never dull, writes Ruadhán Mac Cormaic

Labour candidate Alan Kelly is hoisted into the air as he celebrates being elected in Tipperary. Photograph:  Chris Radburn/PA Wire

‘Yeeees!’ roared Labour Tipperary TD again and again, his face turning redder than his tie

“It’s time for Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael to stop the pettiness and come together to form a Government,” said Labour’s Alan Kelly. Photograph: Chris Radburn/PA Wire

Labour TD says Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil should put the country first and coalesce

Dominic Hannigan (Labour); Helen McEntee (Fine Gael); Regina Doherty (Fine Gael)

Thomas Byrne (FF), Helen McEntee and Regina Doherty (both FG) elected

A Brinks cash-in-transit van  in Dublin. File photograph: Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times

Security company says it will end its cash-in-transit operation in the Republic

Ulster Unionist  Party leader Mike Nesbitt: “All things being equal, I would hope to recommend that we stay in.” Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Ulster Unionist leader warns of potential dangers to NI of British withdrawal

Scotland’s Minister for Europe  Humza Yousaf (left): ‘The Irish are seen as close friends, indeed our cousins.’ Photograph: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

Scotland’s Minister for Europe Humza Yousaf says Irish voters could decide referendum

The stakes are high: if UK voters vote to withdraw they will be the first to leave union

Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan “We recognise the challenge and complexity of the task ahead.” Photograph: Matt Mackey/PA Wire

World leaders’ event in September aims to sign off on new global policy principles

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

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