A child cries in a military helicopter after being evacuated by Iraqi forces from Amerli, north of Baghdad. The United Nations has agreed to send investigators to Iraq to examine crimes being committed by Islamic State militants on ‘an unimaginable scale’, with a view to holding perpetrators to account. Photograph: Reuters.

The United Nations has agreed to send investigators to Iraq to examine crimes being committed by Islamic State militants on “an unimaginable scale”(...)

 Shay Given in action at the Irish squad training. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Martin O’Neill and Shay Given have both denied that the player attached any conditions to his return from international retirement. The manager sugge(...)

The course will explore Irish history from 1912 to 1923 using original source materials provided to students online. Photograph: Dara MacDonaill/The Irish Times

Almost 14,000 people have registered for a free online history course offered by Trinity College Dublin, the first of its kind for the college. The si(...)

Still from a video posted on YouTube showing Bret King with his son Ashya, explaning why he was taken by his parents from hospital without doctors’ consent. Photograph: Naveed King/YouTube/PA Wire

The British parents who sparked a major manhunt by taking their seriously ill son out of hospital last week have asked a Spanish court not to extradit(...)

The Slovakian Aeromobil 2.5 prototype  has had about 40 hours of flight testing and resembles a supercar with considerable flight capabilities

A number of us can thank a cartoon character from the future, George Jetson, for instilling our longing. Students of aviation history might look fo(...)

 A number of EU commissioner designates, including Irish nominee Phil Hogan (above), will meet incoming European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker this week in Brussels. Photograph: David Sleator

Ireland is interested in securing an EU commissionership related to jobs, investment and growth, Taoiseach Enda Kenny said this weekend, suggesting t(...)

Incoming European Council president Donald Tusk: said it was possible to combine fiscal discipline and economic growth in Europe. Photograph: Yves Herman

Newly elected president of the European Council Donald Tusk pledged to work with British prime minister David Cameron over the coming years and “take(...)

Orville Wright, at the controls of the Wright Flyer, and his brother Wilbur, watch from the ground during the plane’s first flight  in   1903.  Photograph: AP Photo/File

‘No flying machine will ever fly from New York to Paris . . . [because] no known motor can run at the requisite speed for four days without stopping”.(...)

A girl has been arrested at Nice airport. File photograph: Wikimedia

A 16-year-old girl suspected of trying to reach Syria to join Islamist rebels has been arrested in the southeastern city of Nice, France’s interior mi(...)

 Undated handout file photo issued by Hampshire Police of Ashya King who was found in southern Spain yesterday. Photograph: Hampshire Police/PA

The grandmother of a five-year-old brain cancer patient whose parents took him out of hospital without doctors’ consent has criticised police for arre(...)