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(...)

Alejandra Tizal, a Mayan teen from the highlands city of Quetzaltenango, was 16 when she left home to try to make a life in the US. Photograph:  Jennifer Hough

Alejandra Tizal was 16 when she made up her mind to go. “I told my family I wanted to go to the US,” says Tizal, from the western highlands city of Qu(...)

Mexico’s Attorney General Arely Gomez shows a picture of Mexican drug kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman during a press conference in Mexico City. Photograph: Yuri Cortez/AFP/Getty Images 1:10

Mexican authorities must have colluded with Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán to enable the country’s top drug lord to escape from a maximum security prison a(...)

Sally O’Neill (left) and Anne Enright in Honduras. Photo David Stephenson

Tributes have been paid to Sally O’Neill, Trócaire’s head of region for Latin America, who is to retire next month. Ms O’Neill has been at the heart o(...)

Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu at the  American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) policy conference yesterday. Mr Netanyahu is to address  Congress today. Photograph: Getty Images

Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu will address a joint session of Congress today in one of the most politically divisive speeches by a foreign(...)

The Golden Bear for Best film trophy, awarded to Iranian dissident director Jafar Panahi in absentia for his film Taxi, is on display at the award winners press conference after the closing ceremony of the 65th International Film Festival Berlinale in Berlin. Photograph: AFP

Banned Iranian director Jafar Panahi’s ‘Taxi,’ which shows a cab driver meeting an odd assortment of people around Tehran but is really a condemnati(...)

A wall painting for Daniel Ortega’s 1996 election campaign. The Nicaraguan president, whose current term is due to run until 2016, has since changed the constitution to enable perpetual re-election (and, with it, perpetual immunity). Photograph: Andrew Winning/Reuters

If it’s true that the people get the government they deserve then, judging by the past 20 years, Central American voters need to examine their conscie(...)

Tom Meagher and Mary Robinson photographed at a seminar organised by the Irish Consortium on Gender Based Violence (ICGBV) today in Dublin. Photograph: Paul Sharp/Sharppix.

“Women’s empowerment is vital to stop man-inflicted violence,” former president of Ireland Mary Robinson has told a seminar organised by the Irish Con(...)

Bernadette McAliskey: “An educated poor eats its government.” Photograph: Paula Geraghty

The primacy of human rights has to be the  lens through which we can "understand society" and be "agents for a better world",  former MP,(...)

 People taking part in the anti-water charges protest march, in O’Connell Street, Dublin, earlier this month. Photograph: Eric Luke

The debate triggered by recent water charge-related incidents has focused attention on the scope and limits of our entitlement to protest. The startin(...)