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

Communications consultant Monica Leech secured a €1.25m libel award. Photograph: The Irish Times

Independent Newspapers says €1.25m award has ‘chilling effect’ on freedom of expression

ATM withdrawals are limited to €60, but some banks can run out of €20 notes, in effect making the limit €50. Photograph: Reuters

Greek banks have been closed for more than two weeks and are not due to reopen until Monday at the earliest

Greece PM Alexis Tsipras:  Grexit will be off the agenda. Photograph: Bloomberg

Defeat in parliamentary vote would be ‘victory’ for Syriza enemies home and abroad

Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras during his interview for ERT state television. Photograph: Andrea Bonetti/AFP

In TV interview, Tsipras said EU summit in Brussels was a “sad night” for Europe

Pensioners are given priority tickets  as they wait to receive part of their pensions in Athens, Greece yesterday. REUTERS/Yiannis Kourtoglou

Leader of left faction in party says Brussels agreement should be rejected

Protesting outside the Greek parliament against agreement for a third bailout with euro zone leaders. Photograph: Getty Images

PM will need opposition support to ensure passage of contentious bailout package

Anti-austerity protesters demonstrate in front of the Greek parliament in Athens on Monday. Prime minister Alexis Tsipras returned from Brussels to a gathering storm at home. Photograph: Orestis Panagiotou/EPA

Bellicose rhetoric from Tsipras but pervading sense that hard battle has been lost

Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras talks to the press at the end of the Eurozone leader summit on the Greek crisis on Monday. Photograph: EPA.

Greek PM faces battle to keep his majority as details of tough bailout deal emerge

 Greece’s prime minister Alexis Tsipras arrives at a euro zone leaders summit in Brussels, Belgium, yesterday. Photograph: Francois Lenoir/Reuters

Opposition within Syriza will make it difficult for Tsipras to introduce cuts

Greek riot police stand guard on the steps in front of the Parliament building, behind a presidential guard, during an anti-austerity demonstration in Athens on Sunday. Photograph: Yannis Behrakis/Reuters

Tsipras allies say creditors are seeking to humiliate Greece in a ‘form of revenge’

Protestors outside the Greek parliament. Photograph: Yorgos Karahalis/Bloomberg

Euro zone finance ministers will gather in Brussels in last-ditch attempt to resolve issue

Alexis Tsipras: faced resistance from some MPs left stunned by his acceptance of rejected austerity measures. Photograph: Alkis Konstantinidis/Reuters

Greek prime minister wants €13bn in cuts and tax increases to be approved

Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras: how will he placate those who voted No? Photograph: Louisa Gouliamaki/AFP/Getty Images

Syriza leader has gambled all his political capital on a €13bn round of cuts and tax rises

Greece’s prime minister Alexis Tsipras reacts after arriving at the Greek parliament to address lawmakers in Athens. Photograph: Kostas Tsironis/Bloomberg

Cuts-for-cash proposals presented by Tsipras tentatively welcomed in European capitals

Alexis Tsipras, Greece’s prime minister: Greece is reported as planning a reform package worth €12 billion over two years, a figure that reflects the country’s return to recession and the damage the economy has suffered in recent months. Photograph: Kostas Tsironis/Bloomberg

Tsipras looks for €50bn bailout in exchange for cuts and tax increases

The only piece of contingency planning for most visitors’ is to bring plenty of cash, says Patrick Tuite from Co Meath.  Photograph: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images

‘There’s a crisis but people here are quite calm about it’, hears Ruadhán Mac Cormaic

Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras and leader of the centre-left  Potami party Stavros Theodorakis in Athens on Wednesday. Photograph: Christian Hartmann/Reuters

Greek press see stark choice between euro and drachma by Sunday

 A shipyard worker works on the hull of a new ship being built in a Perama shipyard   near  Athens. The shipbuilding town of Perama on the outskirts of Piraeus  has suffered immensely during the recent economic slowdown with the local area suffering 90  per cent  unemployment. Photogrph:  Christopher Furlong/Getty Images

Political change spurred in what was once a centre of maritime industry

 Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras leaves at the end of a euro zone summit at the European Council headquarters in Brussels on Tuesday. Photograph: Laurent Dubrule/EPA

All 28 EU leaders to meet on Sunday to conside a third bailout programme

Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras and Greek president Prokopis Pavlopoulos  at the Presidential Palace in Athens. Photograph: EPA/Armando Babani

Prokopis Pavlopoulos’s letter may allow negotiations on new bailout to proceed

 Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras leaves at the end of an euro zone summit at the European Council headquarters in Brussels, Belgium,  July 7th, 2015. Photograph: Laurent Dubrule/EPA

Tsipras pledges to submit detailed proposals on a new bailout on Thursday

New Greek finance minister Euclid Tsakalotos (right)  with Greek president Prokopios Pavlopoulos (centre) and Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras  in Athens yesterday.  Photograph: Andreas Solaro/AFP/Getty Images

Euclid Tsakalotos sees Syriza and Sinn Féin as part of great European ‘realignment’

Alexis Tsipras, Greece’s prime minister, arrives at the Presidential Palace to sign the official appointment of Greece’s new finance minister, Euclid Tsakalotos, in Athens, Greece, on Monday, July 6th, 2015. Photograph: Kostas Tsironis/Bloomberg

Merkel and Hollande urge quick and precise proposals in Greek reform deal

A woman withdraws money from an ATM while others speak to an official of the bank, in Athens. Photograph: Louisa Goulimaki/AFP/Getty

Focus turns from the street to the chancelleries of Europe

Supporters of the No campaign react during the results of the referendum in Athens. Photograph: ORESTIS PANAGIOTOU/EPA

The former prime minister steps down after leading the campaign for a Yes vote

People celebrate in front of the Greek parliament as the people of Greece reject the debt bailout by creditors on July 6th, 2015 in Athens, Greece. Photograph: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images

Voters reject bailout, defying warnings ‘No’ result would set Athens on path out of euro

A supporter of the No vote waves a Greek flag after the first results of the referendum at Syntagma square in Athens. Photograph: AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti

Even pro-Europe voters were leaning to No side: ‘It’s a stand to say: no more’

Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras. As Syriza points out, Greece – just one border away from Islamic State-held territory – looks like a beacon of stability in a difficult neighbourhood. Photograph: Reuters

More than economics at stake as regional geopolitics comes to fore

‘The Europe of Shame’: left-leaning and satirical newspapers set their sights on the EU and IMF as talks are ongoing. Photograph: Louisa Gouliamaki/AFP

While negotiations continue, Greeks at home must play a tense waiting game

Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras,  leaves  the  emergency meeting with the heads of the three creditor institutions in Brussels. Photograph: Jasper Juinen/ Bloomberg

Tsipras criticises Greece’s international lenders for pushing for concessions

Alexis Tsipras  said that some of the creditors had not yet accepted the latest Greek proposals, criticising the IMF in particular

EU ministers to gather in Brussels for last ditch Greece talks

Under pressure: Greece prime minister Alexis Tsipras arrives at Maximos Mansion after returning from crunch Brussels talks. Photograph: Bloomberg

Concessions in debt negotiations trigger reaction that could threaten Syriza majority

MEP Stelios Kouloglou said: “I think there was an effort to humiliate Tsipras, to discredit him in the eyes of voters and supporters.” Photograph: Emmanuel Dunand/AFP/Getty Images

‘More solidarity’ expected from debt-afflicted states such as Ireland, Spain and Portugal

Protesters attend a rally in front of the parliament building, calling on the government to clinch a deal and secure Greece’s future in the euro zone on Monday. Photograph: Reuters

Even some among Syriza’s opponents credit party with restoring degree of national pride

Pro-Euro protesters take part in a rally in front of the parliament  in Athens. Photograph:   Milos Bicanski/Getty

Demonstration outside parliament as Syriza figures urge leadership to hold firm

Athens, Greece. “I’m afraid for my child,” said Kannellina Giannakaki, who was browsing at the Golden Hall shopping centre north of the city centre. “I don’t want him to grow up in a situation like this.”

Greeks anxiously await news from Brussels

Men dressed as ancient Greek warriors cross a street during a performance at Constitution (Syntagma) Square in Athens. Photograph: Marko Djurica/Reuters.

‘Even without a lot of money’, Greece will have dignity, Syriza activist tells crowd

A woman views a memorial for the six Irish students who lost their lives after a balcony gave way in Berkeley, California. The balcony builder may face charges   if investigators find shoddy workmanship caused the  collapse.  Photograph: Josh Edelson/AFP/Getty Images

Investigators examine whether shoddy workmanship was behind fatal collapse

Broken wooden supports on the Berkeley balcony: many engineering experts have questioned the use of wood rather than steel. Photograph: Jim Wilson/The New York Times

Segue Construction faced allegations over balconies and windows in another scheme

The company that built the apartment complex where six Irish students were killed in a balcony collapse paid $3 million last year to settle a case over alleged defects in apartment buildings.

Agreement reached by Segue Construction last year over alleged defects in buildings

 Friends of the victims stand outside as they survey the scene in Berkeley.  Photograph: EPA/Peter Dasilva

Niccolai Schuster, Eoghan Culligan, Eimear Walsh, Olivia Burke, Ashley Donohoe and Lorcán Miller confirmed dead in California

Salil Shetty, secretary general of Amnesty International. Mr Shetty has defended the organisation’s call for the repeal of the Eighth Amendment to the Constitution.  Photograph: Aidan Crawley/The Irish Times

Head of human rights organisation defends call for repeal of the Eighth Amendment

Amnesty International director general Salil Shetty: said Fifa ‘should have put a lot more pressure’ on Qatar’s government to improve conditions for those working on building projects related to the 2022 World Cup. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Salil Shetty says charity’s mission still clear in spite of widening remit

Luke “Ming” Flanagan said while it was obvious Russian president Vladimir Putin was “not a very nice individual” the EU had “given up the right to lecture anybody on sovereignty”. File photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Luke ‘Ming’ Flanagan opposes motion saying EU ‘doesn’t have a clue’ on sovereignty

Mr Justice Donald Binchy clarified on Tuesday that the injunction was not intended to block the reporting of comments made by Independent TD Catherine Murphy in the Dáil about Mr O’Brien’s financial affairs. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Broadcaster to seek to vary order preventing reports about businessman’s banking affairs

The EU-wide initiative supported by Dublin could be complicated by recent moves by the US Congress to link negotiations on a US-EU trade deal to the debate on the settlements. Photograph: Getty Images

Policy needed to stop goods from unlawful settlements being misrepresented as Israeli

Mr Justice Donald Binchy. Photograph: Colin Keegan.

Broadcaster expected to seek changes to injunction relating to report on banking affairs

A High Court hearing over a temporary injunction preventing RTÉ from reporting on Denis O’Brien’s banking affairs has been adjourned. Photograph: Reuters.

Counsel for RTÉ says it can’t come to court every time there are utterances about businessman

The redacted Denis O’Brien v RTE judgment. Photograph: Ruadhan MacCormaic

Injunction prevents RTÉ from broadcasting Denis O’Brien’s banking details

Denis O’Brien: when Independent TD Catherine Murphy made a statement about the businessman in the Dáil on Thursday, it threw up a question that has never been fully thrashed out in the courts. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

It was a shame Denis O’Brien didn’t contest the RTÉ and ‘The Irish Times’ case

Luke Field from Cork and Minister of State for Equality Aodhán Ó Ríordáin at the count centre in Dublin for the same-sex marriage referendum. Photograph: Cyril Byrne.

Schools and hospitals will not be able to discriminate over sexuality, Minister says

 Dave Power, Mount merrion and Paul Byrne, Swords wait for the official results, in the court yard of Dublin Castle on Saturday. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Tánaiste says legislation could be passed before summer

Senators Katherine Zappone and David Norris: the latter was told in the Supreme Court in 1983 that homosexuality was “morally wrong, and has been so regarded by mankind throughout the centuries. It cannot be said of it . . . that no harm is done if it is conducted in private by consenting males. Very serious harm may in fact be involved.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Just 30 years ago, Supreme Court said homosexuality was ‘harmful’ and ‘wrong’

Monnine Griffith (L) and Clodagh Robinson celebrate. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/EPA

Couple will declare they are ‘spouses of each other’

Press Ombudsman Peter Feeney at launch of the annual report of the Press Council of Ireland and the Office of the Press Ombudsman yesterday. Mr Feeney said that journalists risked becoming irrelevant by failing to maintain standards of accuracy. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Journalists risk becoming irrelevant and losing public trust, watchdog warns

If the proposal is passed, a marriage between two people of the same sex will have the same status under the Constitution as a marriage between a man and a woman

Ruadhán Mac Cormaic explains the legal implications of the proposed amendment

Former minister Alan Shatter, who lost his High Court challenge aimed at quashing parts of the Guerin report. Photograph:  Collins Courts

In excoriating 71-page judgment, ex-minister accused of initiating a ‘collateral attack’ on Guerin report

Minister for Justice and Equality Frances Fitzgerald: removed a section on surrogacy from the Children and Family Relationships Act. Photography: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland

Law on adoption and donor-assisted reproduction overhauled by provisions

Gareth Lee, a gay rights activist, after leaving Laganside Courts after a judge ruled in his favour and against the Christian-run bakery Ashers. Photograph: Getty Images

Key legalities mean a different verdict could have been given in the Republic

A Rohingya migrant child poses for an identification picture at a temporary shelter  in Kuala Langsa, Aceh province, Indonesia. Photograph: Ulet Ifansasti/Getty Images

UNHCR will declare 300 as refugees before they arrive here

The possible implications for the Belfast Agreement of a Tory move to repeal the Human Rights Act have set off alarms in Dublin. Photograph: The Irish Times

London plan to shelve Human Rights Act risks a constitutional battle with Scotland

The SDLP said they have deep concerns that the DUP is attempting to influence the Tory British bill of rights to create a “right to parade” in exchange for support for their slim Commons majority. Photograph: The Irish Times

Minister emphasises governments’ duty to safeguard human rights dimension of pact

Campaigners on both sides of the Same-sex Marriage Referendum (above). Referendum Commission chairman Mr Justice Kevin Cross has said any law that treated one type of married couple differently would be carefully scrutinised by the courts and would likely only be permitted in exceptional circumstances. Photographs: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Referendum Commission chairman says laws treating couples differently will be ‘scrutinised’

Referendum Commission chairman Kevin Cross responds to questions on the same-sex marriage referendum.

Referendum Commission chairman Mr Justice Kevin Cross on Yes/No vote legal implications

Theresa Villiers (top, with Lady Tina Stowell,  leader of  House of Lords)  the Northern Ireland secretary  at 10 Downing Street: David Cameron previously pledged to scrap the UK’s Human Rights Act and his majority makes it easier for him to do so. Photograph:  Suzanne Plunkett/Reuters

Dublin to warn Tories it may breach Belfast Agreement terms and threaten stability

Graham Dwyer’s legal team will submit the grounds of appeal - the points of law on which it is seeking reappraisal in the courts - in the coming weeks, after which the prosecution will file its response.

Appeal to centre on issues raised by lawyers during trial for Elaine O’Hara’s murder

 A Marriage Equality poster featuring campaigners Grainne Healy  and Denise Charlton. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Question: What is the difference between marriage and civil partnership?

Newly elected SNP member of parliament Mhairi Black greets defeated Labour MP Douglas Alexander. Photograph: Lesley Martin/AFP/Getty Images

Even the SNP itself initially seemed taken aback by the scale of its feat

SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon at the Glasgow count declarations. Photograph: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

Nicola Sturgeon says never in her ‘wildest dreams’ would she have imagined her party could win 56 out of 59 seats

Scottish Labour Party leader Jim Murphy gives a gracious speech after failing to be re-elected as a member of parliament for East Renfrewshire.  Photograph: Graham Stuart/Reuters

The Lib Dems went into the election with seven seats in London – by this morning they had only one

 SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon celebrates in Glasgow as her party secured 56 out of the 59 seats in Scotland. Photograph: Getty

Result casts fresh doubts on future of union with Labour decimated

Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood, (right), and the party’s candidate for Rhondda, Shelley Rees-Owen,  after casting their votes on Thursday. The party failed to make a breakthrough, staying on three seats. Photograph: Ben Birchall/PA Wire

Upset as Conservatives narrowly win Gower constituency held by Labour for over 100 years

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