Michael D Higgins: “We need to confront the hegemonic ethic of individualism and insatiable consumption at the roots of our behaviour and replace it with a new thinking”. The President was speaking at  the Consciouness Summit in Paris.  Photograph: EPA/ETIENNE LAURENT

Two news items about climate change illustrate how public opinion is becoming more aware of the dangers in a year of major choices about how to mitiga(...)

Gráinne O’Hara: ‘The type of work I do is very, very compelling.’ Photograph: Aidan Crawley

The decision to seek asylum in a foreign country is almost always a last resort. Most people are keen to stay as close to home as possible, remain (...)

One of the shops in the migrant camp known as the new Jungle in Calais, France. Photograph: PA

The situation in Calais, with thousands of people attempting to enter Britain through the Channel Tunnel, is the latest manifestation of the migration(...)

Emergency services at Cloverhill Prison on Wednesday. Photograph: Collins.

A man who was injured during disturbances at Cloverhill Prison on Wednesday was the Afghan migrant who was found on the side of the M7 two weeks ago. (...)

A policeman inspects a passenger at a checkpoint in Helmand province, Afghanistan. Photograph: Abdul Malik/Reuters

The Taliban have chosen supreme leader Mullah Omar’s deputy to replace him, two militant commanders said on Thursday, as Pakistan announced that sched(...)

An undated image believed to be of former Afghan Taliban leader Mullah Omar. Confirmation of his death is likely to intensify the internal tussle to replace him.

Afghanistan has said that Mullah Omar, elusive leader of the Taliban movement behind an escalating insurgency against the government in Kabul, died mo(...)

Migrants walk along railway tracks at the Eurotunnel terminal on July 28th. Photograph: AFP

One migrant has died after hundreds of illegal migrants tried to enter the Channel Tunnel in Calais overnight, operator Eurotunnel said. The latest in(...)

There was an 86 per cent increase in the amount of people claiming asylum in Europe between the first quarters of 2014 and 2015. In the first quarter (...)

Vice president Dick Cheney watches television reports in Washington in the hours following the September 11th attacks. Photograph: US National Archives

Newly-released photographs taken on the day of the September 11th attacks show the reaction of senior figures in the Bush administration as they conve(...)

Al-Qaeda: guerrillas at al-Farouq, in a video from June 2001; Mourad Benchellali ended up at the training camp. Photograph: AFP/Getty

Mourad Benchellali understands perfectly why thousands of young Europeans, male and female, have joined the jihad in Syria. Mourad was 18 when his br(...)