An Iranian hugs her mother upon her arrival back  in Tehran, Iran, after performing the hajj in Mecca, Saudi Arabia. Photograph: Abedin Taherkenareh/EPA

Iran’s death toll from the Saudi hajj disaster has nearly doubled to 464 pilgrims killed, state media reported today - a development that is likely to(...)

Pupils of Mount Temple Take part in red tshirt day. Photograph: Stephen McCullagh

An initiative started by a Dublin man in response to the image of a three-year-old drowned refugee is being replicated around the world. Bernard Dunl(...)

A man looks at the Pudong financial district of Shanghai: China’s economy has registered its slowest growth in a quarter century. Photograph: REUTERS/Carlos Barria/Files

The Asian Development Bank has just cut its forecasts for economic growth in the region on the back of slower expansion in China and India, but the le(...)

Iranian women chant slogans at an anti-Saudi protest rally: they were among thousands of worshippers have marched in Tehran after Friday prayers to denounce the “incompetency” of Saudi Arabia’s handling the hajj. Photograph: Vahid Salemi/AP

The human crush that killed more than 700 pilgrims near Mecca echoed across the Muslim world on Friday as countries from Africa, Asia and Europe claim(...)

Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne leaves Turpan, north west China where he paid a private visit to the ancient ruins of the Silk Road settlement Yar City dating back three thousand years.   Photograph: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

British finance minister George Osborne will open bidding during a visit to China on Thursday on £12 billion of contracts to build a high-speed rail l(...)

A Facebook page affiliated with Islamic State shows the group’s militants in Damascus, Syria. Photograph: Rased News Network, via AP

In June a leaked internal memo from the US State Department admitted Islamic State was winning the war online. The New York Times reported the IS’s “v(...)

A body from an Indonesian capsized boat victim carried by Malaysian rescuers. Photograph: Malaysian Enforcement Angency/EPA/handout

Sixty-one bodies have been recovered from an overloaded wooden boat which sank off Malaysia carrying dozens of Indonesian illegal immigrants, maritime(...)

The couple were married on June 26th, in a humanist ceremony, in the walled garden of Trudder Lodge, Co Wicklow.

Hilary O’Hagan (32), head chef at 3FE coffee and owner of Blas Catering company, and Conor Brennan (33), a music technology lecturer at IADT Dún La(...)

Rescuers carry a body recovered from a capsized boat at a jetty in Hutan Melintang, near Teluk Intan, Malaysia. Photograph: Reuters

An overloaded wooden boat believed to be carrying dozens of Indonesian migrants sank off the coast of Malaysia on Thursday, killing at least 14 people(...)

Tall order: Amorphophallus titanum blooming in 2013. Photograph: Binghamton University 1:04

One of the biggest and smelliest plants in the world is about to bloom in a greenhouse in Binghamton, New York. The Amorphophallus titanum’s co(...)