Adi Roche pictured in Ukraine. Photograph: Dan McLoughlin

Irishwoman and founder of the charity, Chernobyl Children International, Adi Roche has been honoured with the World of Children Award for her campaign(...)

 Ilham Aliyev with Kazakhstan’s president Nursultan Nazarbayev. A drop in oil prices has made it harder for him to deliver on his promise to raise living standards. Photograph: Alexey Nikolsky/EPA/Ria Novosti/Kremlin pool

The people of Azerbaijan will vote in a parliamentary election on Sunday overshadowed by a merciless crackdown on human rights in the oil-rich forme(...)

Kent Harstedt, OSCE special co-ordinator: ‘It is clear that Belarus still has a long way to go towards fulfilling its democratic commitments.’ Photograph: Maxim Malinovsky/AFP/Getty Images

The European Union is poised to ease sanctions on Belarusian president Aleksandar Lukashenko and his allies despite criticism of his re-election by in(...)

Belarusian president Alexander Lukashenko. After his last re-election five years ago prompting a brutal police crackdown and the arrest of hundreds of people, including several presidential candidates. Photograph: Nikolai Petrov/Belta/Pool/EPA

The European Union is poised to suspend sanctions on autocratic Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko and his allies, if Sunday’s election brings no (...)

 Svetlana Alexievich the 2015 Nobel literature winner, waves  after a news conference in Minsk, Belarus, yesterday.  The judges described her work “a monument to suffering and courage.” Photograph: Sergei Grits/AP Photo

It takes courage to see the truth; it takes even more to confront it, describe it and present it against the odds. This year’s Nobel Prize for Literat(...)

Belarussian journalist and writer Svetlana Alexievich, the 2015 Nobel literature winner, following a news conference in Minsk, Belarus on Thursday.  Photograph: Sergei Grits/AP

Svetlana Alexievich, a Belarussian journalist and prose writer, won the Nobel Prize for Literature on Thursday “for her polyphonic writings, a monumen(...)

A consignment of cigarettes seized at Dublin Port represent a potential loss to the exchequer of €3.6 million, if assuming they would have displaced the equivalent fully tax-compliant quantity of cigarettes from the market. File photograph: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

Customs officers from the Revenue Commissioners have seized €4 million worth of illegally imported cigarettes at Dublin Port. Some eight million ciga(...)

Ukrainian army members pay their repects to a fellow serviceman during his funeral ceremony in   Kharkiv. Photograph: Sofia Bobok/AFP/Getty Images

Ukraine says it is ready to respond with full force to what it calls a sharp escalation in shelling from Russian-backed rebels in eastern regions, (...)

Dundalk manager Stephen Kenny shakes hands with his Drogheda United counterpart Johnny McDonnell earlier this season. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Dundalk will begin their Champions League campaign in Belarus tonight looking to become only the third team in history to beat BATE Borisov on thei(...)

Ukrainians take up positions as they attend a military training session organised for civilians in Kiev on June 21st. The EU has approved an extension of economic sanctions against Russia in protest against the Kremlin’s aggressive policies in Ukraine. Photograph: Roman Pilipey/EPA epa04812795 Ukrainians in military uniforms take up positions as they attend a military training session organized for civilians, in Kiev, Ukraine, 21 June 2015. The European Union on 19 June extended economic sanctions imposed on the Ukrainian peninsula of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol following their annexation by Russia, with the measures now due to stay in place until 23 June  2016. The sanctions were introduced last year, to reinforce the EU's opposition to Russia's illegal annexation of the two territories in March 2014. Relations between Brussels and Moscow are at their worst level since the end of the Cold War, due to Russia's actions in Crimea and in eastern Ukraine, where it is accused of supporting pro-Russian separatists.  EPA/ROMAN PILIPEY

The European Union approved an extension of economic sanctions against Russia on Monday in protest against the Kremlin’s aggressive policies in Ukra(...)