Italian Coast Guard operation to rescue 194 Syrian refugees in the Mediterranean    on  December 19th. Photograph: EPA/Italian Coast Guard

The number of foreign nationals making asylum claims after arriving in the Republic is on course to increase by almost 50 per cent by the end of the y(...)

Migrants on board an Italian Navy vessel on December 24th, 2014. Photograph: Italian Navy/EPA

Nearly 1,250 migrants have so far been rescued in the Mediterranean over the Christmas period and five bodies have been recovered, Italian officials s(...)

Dr Eamon Martin  at St Patrick’s Cathedral, Armagh. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Archbishop Eamon Martin, the Primate of the Catholic Church, has praised the progress made by policitians in the North in recent days but warned again(...)

Pope Francis delivers the Urbi et Orbi (to the city and the world) message from the balcony overlooking St Peter’s Square at the Vatican, December 25, 2014. Photograph: Alessandro Bianchi/Reuters

Pope Francis condemned the “brutal persecution” of minorities by Islamic State insurgents in his Christmas message on Thursday and urged people not to(...)

French prime minister Manuel Valls said that between 200 and 300 more military personnel would be deployed, in addition to 780 already on the streets as part of routine year-end precautions. Photograph: Yoan Valat/EPA

After a string of attacks across France that have heightened concerns about Islamic militancy, prime minister Manuel Valls has ordered hundreds of add(...)

President Michael D.Higgins with wife Sabina at Áras an Uachtaráin. Photograph: Áras an Uachtaráin. 4:07

President Michael D.Higgins has issued his annual Christmas address, reflecting on the “season of peace” as he remembered his visit to the United King(...)

 If you’ve (somehow) missed out on all those OITNB premiere parties, now is the time to get queuing

In the olden days, you had to leave your seat every three hours to change the DVD. Now, only the demands of bladder and nutrition need force you up(...)

Archibishop of  Armagh Eamon Martin: worried about growing persecution of Christians worldwide.

The growth in the persecution of Christians and others worldwide is a focus of the joint Christmas message from both Primates of All-Ireland. Catholi(...)

The Red Cross distributes relief materials to displaced victims of the Boko Haram violence at a relief camp in Dawaki, a local government area in Kano. Photograph: Reuters

Suspected Boko Haram gunmen kidnapped more than 100 women and children and killed 35 people during a Sunday raid on the remote northeast Nigerian vil(...)

François-Henri Pinault, who took over the Kering business from his father in 2006. Photograph: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

Since September, at least nine senior executives have left businesses controlled by French billionaire François Pinault. The latest came this month, w(...)