Mayeli Hernandez who was forced to leave    Honduras as a 12-year-old due to increasing violence. Amnesty International governments paid lip-service to protecting civilians last year while “failing miserably”. Photograph: Alex Wong/Getty

Last year was “devastating” for human rights across the world and the United Nations did too little to protect them, according to Amnesty Internation(...)

China saw a rise of 70 percentage points in the ratio of corporate and household debt to GDP between 2007 and last year. Photograph: Johannes Eisele/AFP/Getty

Balance sheets matter. This is the biggest lesson of the financial crises that have rolled across the world economy. Changes in balance sheets shape t(...)

Dr Nata Duvvury, global women’s studies director at NUI Galway: “Violence in society further pulls down an economy’s capacity to recover from crisis.” Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Governments that cut back on supports such as rape crisis counselling during times of economic crisis are “shooting themselves in the foot”, a global (...)

The Douglas DC-3 plane, which carried members of the top-division Chilean team Green Cross, disappeared in the Andes mountains on April 3, 1961.

Chilean mountaineers say they have found the wreckage of a plane that crashed in the Andes 54 years ago, killing 24 people, including eight members of(...)

The jury at  Clare Coroner’s Court in Ennis has recommended extra warnings for  tourists to drive on the correct side of the road  after hearing  details of a horrific crash that claimed two lives near the Cliffs of Moher last summer. File photograph:  Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

A jury on Wednesday recommended increased signage at tourist hot-spots warning holidaymakers to drive on the correct side of the road.The jury at Cla(...)

Tom McMahon, senior statistician, Richard McMahon, assistant director general and Patrick Foley, statistician, at the Central Statistics Office at Government Buildings Dublin yesterday. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Families squeezed into hotel rooms, with nowhere for children to play because they have been priced out of their homes. Children growing up in homes w(...)

The Next-Generation Transit Survey (NGTS) is located at ESO’s Paranal Observatory in northern Chile. Photograph: ESO/R. Wesson

Queen’s University Belfast is on a fresh hunt to discover new planets as part of an international partnership that includes UK universities and a comp(...)

Chief Fifa inspector Harold Mayne-Nicholls   at a press conference in Doha in  2010. Photograph:karim Jaafar/AFP/Getty Images

Fifa’s technical report of the 2018 and 2022 World Cup bids may have been compromised by the head of the inspection team putting pressure on one of t(...)

Wine: Get the party started

There is no better way to get the Christmas festivities going than popping open a bottle of fizz. I intend serving a magnum of Champagne, but a goo(...)

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff (left) receives the final report of the Commission of Truth about human rights violations during the last dictatorship (1964-1985) from the Commission of Truth coordinator Pedro Dallari, at Planalto Palace in Brasilia, Brazil. Photograph: Fernando Bizzera Jr/EPA

A truth commission investigating humans rights abuses committed by Brazil’s 1964-85 military dictatorship called on Wednesday for the overturning of (...)