Reality television sometimes seems to be in a race to the bottom, but one woman’s germ of an idea is trying to harness its power for good. Anna Elliot(...)

US president Barack Obama has paid tribute to an Irish woman who has just become a US citizen in an address on immigration reform. Photograph:  Jim Wilson/The New York Times.

President Barack Obama has paid tribute to an Irish woman who has just become a US citizen in an address on immigration reform. Mr Obama said Ann Der(...)

Ousted Egyptian president Mohammed Morsi: Morsi has been sentenced to 20 years in prison, along with 12 others, over the killing of protesters outside the presidential palace in 2012. Photograph: EPA/Fouad Alganousi/Almasri Alyoum 1:05

Ousted Islamist president Mohammed Morsi has been sentenced to 20 years in prison by an Egyptian criminal court over the killing of protesters in 2012(...)

Few pop artists of the past 50 years achieved such wide global recognition as Demis Roussos, who has died aged 68. The kaftan-clad crooner was reporte(...)

Egyptian youths shout slogans at a protest in Cairo yesterday commemorating the anniversary of the 2011 uprising. Photograph: Mohamed Shokry Algarnoussi/EPA

At least 18 people, including three policemen, were killed and 38 injured when demonstrators clashed with police enforcing a ban on unauthorised pr(...)

An anti-government protester chants slogans during a protest in front of the journalists’ syndicate in Cairo. Photograph: Asmaa Waguih/Reuters

Supporters of Egypt’s ousted Islamist president have fought street battles with police in Cairo and other cities on the fourth anniversary of the coun(...)

French prime minister Manuel Valls (left) and interior minister Bernard Cazeneuve (centre) applaud as Lassana Bathily (24), holds his citizenship papers during a ceremony at the Interior Ministry in Paris on  January 20th, 2015. Photograph: Charles Platiau/Reuters

The Malian grocery worker hailed as a hero for saving hostages’ lives when an Islamist militant attacked a kosher supermarket in Paris this month was(...)

Karla Mitchell of Cara Rescue Dogs in Portarlington, Co Laois, with Cairo, one of two dogs that came from Egypt after a woman discovered them and sought a new home for them here where they could recover from their injuries. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times 2:30

Wanted: a good home for two downtrodden dogs, preferably thousands of miles away on a different continent. It is not your average rescue appeal, but (...)

Barack Obama holds up a hoagie sandwich at Taylor Gourmet after a discussion with small business owners at the restaurant in Washington DC in 2012. Photograph: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images

Think of food and Washington DC, and it conjures the image of Frank Underwood, the Machiavellian politician in the Netflix drama House of Cards, de(...)

Ishaq ibn Hunayn’s Arabic Translation of Euclid’s Elements, AD 1270. Photograph: copyright the trustees of the Chester Beatty Library

Some years ago a book with the title How the Irish Saved Civilisation was published. It told of how, by copying ancient manuscripts, Irish monks pr(...)