A prison officer on patrol in Mountjoy Prison. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The Government’s failure to allow prisons, Garda stations and other places of detention to be inspected by the United Nations has become a so(...)

Cambodia’s opposition leader Sam Rainsy  and prime minister Hun Sen: acrimony between the two threatens to plunge the country back into political conflict. Photograph: Samrang Pring/Reuters

Wanted Cambodian opposition leader Sam Rainsy delayed his return home from South Korea as tension mounts between his supporters and those of prime m(...)

Singapore: named the most successful economy in the world by the Legatum Prosperity Index. Photograph:   REUTERS/Edgar Su

Asia Briefing comes from Singapore this week, which has just been named the most successful economy in the world by the Legatum Prosperity Index, whic(...)

Some 150 people attended the annual Asia Pacific Ireland Business Forum in  Shanghai on Friday. Photograph: Getty

Shanghai hosted hundreds of Irish people for the biggest meeting to date of Irish expatriates in Asia on Friday. Senior Irish business figures (...)

Irish barrister Coman Kenny, with the skyline of Phnom Penh in the background

Sitting in his high-rise apartment overlooking the Cambodian capital, Phnom Penh, Cóman Kenny can still remember the first time he felt excitement cou(...)

Sri Lankan mourners burying coffins with 61 victims killed in a bomb attack at Kebitogollewa in northern Sri Lanka in June 2006. Photograph: Lakruwan Wanniarachchi/AFP/Getty Images

Sri Lanka signalled on Thursday it aims to establish a credible judicial process involving foreign judges and prosecutors to investigate alleged war c(...)

Thai police chief Somyot Poompanmuang  told reporters that the reward offered for information leading to the capture of any bombing suspects would be given to the police team. Photograph: EPA

Police hunting for the perpetrators of Thailand’s deadliest bombing have arrested a second foreign suspect, prime minister Prayuth Chan-ocha said on T(...)

 Performers at the Galway International Arts Festival. File photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

The old cliché of the welcoming Irish has been reinforced by a new travel survey which places three of our cities in the top four for global friendlin(...)

Image from  February 2009 shows former Khmer Rouge minister Ieng Thirith in court   in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. File photograph: Heng Sinith/AFP/Getty Images

Ieng Thirith, a Khmer Rouge leader who was the highest-ranking woman in the genocidal regime that oversaw the death of nearly two million Cambodians i(...)

 Sint Maarten in the Caribbean, Lesotho and Kazakhstan, are among the countries where Irish people chose to marry last year.

The small Caribbean island of Sint Maarten, the landlocked African country of Lesotho and the former Soviet republic Kazakhstan, are just some of the(...)