Human Rights and Equality Commissioner Emily Logan at the launch of the European Network Against Racism Ireland’s new report on racially-motivated incidents in 2014. The body found that there were almost 400 racist incidents recorded in Ireland last year.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Almost 400 racist incidents were recorded in Ireland last year, including 16 racially-motivated assaults, according to a new report.Figures compiled b(...)

A car carrying British prime minister David Cameron leaves Buckingham Palace after he  had a private audience with  Queen Elizaberth to formalise the dissolution of parliament in London on Monday. Photograph: Niklas Halle’n/AFP/Getty Images.

Campaigning in Britain’s closest election in decades ramped up on Monday after prime minister David Cameron met Queen Elizabeth to tell her parliament(...)

Prada has seen weaker sales in China and Hong Kong amid a government crackdown on corruption, including bribery which often takes the form of lavish gifts to officials. Photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

Italian luxury goods company Prada reported its first drop in annual net profit since it listed in Hong Kong four years ago, as growing retail sales (...)

The Netherlands prime minister Mark Rutte: his party has just produced a seven-page position paper suggesting it’s time for Europe to close its borders to refugees and asylum-seekers. Photograph: Thierry Charlier/AFP/Getty Images

It’s indicative of what a hot topic immigration has become in the Netherlands that prime minister Mark Rutte’s Liberal Party has just produced a seven(...)

Israel’s prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu: “The Iran-Lausanne-Yemen axis is dangerous for mankind and must be stopped.” Photograph: Uri Lenz/Reuters

Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu has warned that the emerging nuclear deal with Iran confirms all Israel’s fears and exceeds them.“Even as me(...)

Singapore’s guide

Lee Kuan Yew, who died last week aged 92, was one of Asia’s most remarkable leaders of the 20th century. As prime minister of Singapore from 1959 to 1(...)

Now, I’m on the record as saying that I have a serious thing for Miriam. I’m standing there, grinning at her like a lovesick dope, to the point where I think nothing of it when someone clips something to the belt of my chinos and asks me to run a microphone wire up the back of my shirt.

‘The bloody nerve of these people,” the old man goes, pacing the floor of the RTÉ green room. “They can’t call themselves New Republic, because we’(...)

Uzbekistan’s president, Islam Karimov, faces another term following this weekend’s election. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

If there ever was any doubt that Islam Karimov, the president of Uzbekistan, would win another term at this weekend’s election, it has been laid to re(...)

Monster catch: Esox lucius has a lithe and muscular beauty. Illustration: Michael Viney

The pike, Esox lucius, is the one freshwater fish that looks at you with both eyes at once, above jutting, duck-billed jaws and spiny teeth. Even dead(...)

Irish people are good at counting their blessings. Down the decades, surveys have found us to be one of the most contented communities in Europe. The (...)