Ben Atreu Flegel of Germany looks out to the sea at a memorial ten years after for German survivors of the 2004 tsunami, and family and loved ones of those who died, on the tenth anniversary of the  tsunami on the beach at Khao Lak, southern Thailand today. Mr Atreu Flegel was in the tsunami and lost his grandmother.  Photograph: EPA 2:00

Beachside memorials and religious services have been held across Asia to mark the 10th anniversary of the Indian Ocean tsunami that left more than a q(...)

President Ronald Reagan and Ms Nancy Reagan during their visit to Ireland. President Reagan is drinking a pint of Guinness in the Ronald Reagan pub in Ballyporeen, Co Tipperary. File photograph: Pat Langan/The Irish Times

It was a time when a Labour party in coalition with Fine Gael took a kicking in European elections, two cases involving the deaths of babies shook the(...)

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in a statement on Tuesday it was “critical that we continue to promote universal participation in the (treaty), by encouraging all states, particularly major arms exporters and importers, to join”. Photograph: Justin Lane/EPA

A global arms trade treaty that aims to regulate the $85 billion (€70 billion) industry and keep weapons out of the hands of human rights abusers a(...)

An illustration of Fr Ned Dowling during the first World War in ‘Christmas at the Front - Unpacking the Parcels from Home’ by British official war artist Fortunino Matania, taken from ‘Goodbye, Old Man: Matania’s Vision of the First World War’ by Lucinda Gosling in association with the Mary Evans Picture Library.

The first World War diary of an Irish Catholic priest, including his detailed account of Christmas Day 1914 on the battlefields, has come to light.The(...)

Christian children take part in a demonstration  commemorating Assyrian Martyr Day  in Beirut’s Fanar district. Photograph:  Maya Hautefeuille/AFP/Getty Images

India is the latest country in which Christians have spoken out about their persecution. Christians of all denominations have issued a joint pre-Chris(...)

Anglo’s former headquarters: special liquidators have completed 70 loan portfolio sales in Ireland, the UK and the US, repaying €13 billion to the State. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

The special liquidators of Anglo Irish Bank now only have loans with a face value of less than €500 million remaining to be sold in what has been the(...)

Checking out Xiaomi phones in Beijing. photograph: gilles sabrie/the new york times

In China, the smartphone battle used to be Samsung versus Apple. But not anymore.Over the summer, a Chinese company, Xiaomi, took the No. 1 position i(...)

Mats Forsgren: one of  the brains behind Clindox, a software start-up specialising in applications for the pharmaceutical and medical device sectors

Mats Forsgren and Tom Beaufoy are the brains behind Clindox, a software start-up specialising in applications for the pharmaceutical and medical devi(...)

India to Nepal by Bus   The Indian and Nepalese governments have just officially inaugurated the first-ever bus service between the two (...)

A Pakistani court has granted bail to a man accused of masterminding a deadly 2008 rampage through the Indian city of Mumbai, lawyers have said. Pictured in 2008 is the Taj Hotel, Mumbai. Photograph: Arko Datta/Reuters

A Pakistani court has granted bail to a man accused of masterminding a deadly 2008 rampage through the Indian city of Mumbai, lawyers have said.The de(...)