New Irish ambassadors to Australia, Canada and Greece are among 11 senior diplomatic nominees  approved by Cabinet.

New Irish ambassadors to Australia, Canada and Greece are among 11 senior diplomatic nominees who have been approved by the Cabinet. Breandán Ó Caoll(...)

 German chancellor Angela Merkel made the announcement during a televised New Year’s Eve address. Photograph: Ukas Michael/Getty Images

Guy Chazan Germany is to change its policy of granting automatic refugee status to Syrians entering the country, as it struggles to deal with an influ(...)

Mongolian women working in the clothing industry. When women are paid, they earn on average 24%  less than men

Global development is being held back by the relative shortage of women in paid work, with participation rates having risen only slightly in the past (...)

The Eritrean national football team line up for a photo before the start of their October 13th World Cup qualifier in Francistown, Botswana. Ten of the squad’s players sought political asylum in the country after the game. Photograph: Monirul Bhuiyan/AFP/Getty Images

Botswana has granted asylum to a group of 10 Eritrean soccer players who sought refuge after playing in a World Cup qualifying match earlier this mont(...)

European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker welcomes Hungary’s Prime Minister Viktor Orban during a meeting over the Balkan refugee crisis with leaders from central and eastern Europe at the EU Commission headquarters in Brussels. Photograph: Eric Vidal/Reuters

The European Union faces collapse if the bloc cannot agree on a plan to confront the sudden influx of refugees through the Balkans, Slovenia’s premier(...)

A child with moderate malnutrition at the office of Action Contre la Faim (Action Against Hunger) in Aweil, Northern Bahr El-Ghazal state in South Sudan. According to reports, from 2.5 million to 4.6 million people are classified severely food insecure in South Sudan. Photograph: Albert Gonzalez Farran/ AFP/Getty Images

It’s a shift that has taken place slowly and without fanfare, but in the past 50 years the worst types of famine have become dramatically less frequen(...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel and Turkish prime minister Ahmet Davutoglu walk on the banks of the Bosphorus during a meeting in Istanbul on Sunday. Photograph: Guido Bergmann/Bundesregierung/Getty Images

Pressure is growing on German chancellor Angela Merkel to ease Germany’s refugee crisis ahead of a far-right march this evening in Dresden and the sta(...)

The Eurotunnel terminal area  near Calais,  France. Photograph: Philippe Huguen/AFP/Getty Images

Two more suspected illegal immigrants have been arrested after walking through the Channel Tunnel to reach Britain. The latest security breach in the (...)

Migrants get off a train  at the railway station of Botovo, near the Croatian-Hungarian border. Photograph: Stringer/AFP/Getty Images

Four years of war have killed 250,000 of its people, driven four million of them abroad and displaced twice as many inside its borders, but on the Bal(...)

Politicians see refugees as a young workforce which will  defuse Germany’s demographic time bomb. Photograph: Dominic Ebenbichler/Reuters

When the annual Oktoberfest beer bonanza kicked off in Munich on Saturday, Hamado Dipama wasn’t in the mood for celebrating. As boisterous Bavarians i(...)