Igor Shadzkou meeting Marie Cox from Castlebar, Co Mayo, last December as the Chernobyl Children International charity arrived at Dublin Airport.  Photograph: Brian Mcevoy

The Cox family watched with amazement Belarusian orphan Igor Shadzkou’s reaction as he experienced rain drops touching his skin and saw stars in th(...)

The sarcophagus covering the damaged fourth reactor at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant is seen behind a radiation sign. Jim Kavanagh, winner of Ireland’s Charity Hero of 2014, established his Volunteer Outreach Group affiliated to Adi Roche’s Chernobyl Children International in Co Kilkenny in the early 90s. Photograph: Gleb Garanich/Reuters

An Irish man who has spent the last two decades helping alleviate the suffering of children and adults in psychiatric institutions across Belarus and (...)

The Council of Europe building in Strasbourg. A council group, Greco, noted   “with concern” in their report  that the disclosure of confidential communication can lead to up to six months in prison in Ireland

The Council of Europe has called for a radical reform of Ireland’s parliamentary system in order to prevent corruption and misconduct by members of t(...)

Iryna Khalip, editor of  Novaya Gazeta newspaper, will talk about life under President Lukashenko. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

It is 2010 and journalist Iryna Khalip is sitting at a press conference in Minsk, Belarus, where incumbent president Alexander Lukashenko - who has he(...)

Proposed design for UCD Confucius Institute

Not everyone was toasting Jan O’Sullivan’s first education budget, but when she visits China this week they’ll be raising a glass to the Government(...)

Liverpool’s Dejan Lovren (left) will miss two of Croatia’s qualifiers because of injury. Photograph: Phil Noble/Reuters

Liverpool centre-back Dejan Lovren has withdrawn from Croatia’s squad with an abdominal injury to give club manager Brendan Rodgers a potential defen(...)

A Ukrainian border guard sits in a military vehicle in the southern coastal town of Mariupol September yesterday after  Ukraine and pro-Russian rebels agreed a ceasefire. Photograph: Reuters

Russia’s foreign ministry has vowed to react if the European Union implements new sanctions against Moscow over its role in the Ukraine crisis. The EU(...)

A Ukrainian priest blesses members of a people’s volunteer corps during a rally in support of single Ukraine in  Mariupol yesterday. Photograph: EPA/Photomig

Moscow-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine have pledged to call a ceasefire today if Kiev agrees to a peace plan proposed by Russian president Vl(...)

(L-R) Russia’s president Vladimir Putin, Belarus’ president Alexander Lukashenko and Ukraine’s president Petro Poroshenko react while posing for a photo during their meeting in Minsk today. Photograph: Grigory Dukor/Reuters

Russian president Vladimir Putin said today the crisis in Ukraine could not be solved by a further military escalation or without dialogue with repres(...)

A Russian aid convoy of white trucks waits to enter Ukraine at a border control point with Ukraine in the Russian  Rostov region. Photograph: EPA.

The White House today denounced a Russian convoy’s move into Ukraine, calling it a flagrant violation of Ukraine’s sovereignty and saying Russia shoul(...)