French ecology minister Ségolène Royal has already become a central figure in the presidency of her former partner François Hollande. Photograph: Charles Platiau/Reuters

Revenge is a dish best eaten cold. A decade ago, Ségolène Royal watched helplessly as Valérie Trierweiler, a journalist at Paris Match magazine who(...)

In one of the most bizarre twists in America’s war on terrorism, the CIA assigned veteran operations officer Harold James “Jim” Nicholson to run a cou(...)

Cork priest Fr Tom Duggan who volunteered as a British army chaplain in both World Wars and was awarded the Military Cross for bravery and an OBE by King George VI.

Fr Tom Duggan certainly lived a life less ordinary. He served in the British army in the first World War and ended up as a PoW; became friends with IR(...)

Pope Francis has  warned that failure to act over climate change would have “grave consequences for all of us”. Photograph: Getty

Pope Francis will this week call for changes in lifestyles and energy consumption to avert the “unprecedented destruction of the ecosystem” before the(...)

Amnesty International director general Salil Shetty: said Fifa ‘should have put a lot more pressure’ on Qatar’s government to improve conditions for those working on building projects related to the 2022 World Cup. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Fifa has failed to put pressure on the authorities in Qatar to “do the right thing” and address the widespread abuse of migrant workers, Amnesty In(...)

 Authorities were investigating the crash, which took place in the Peruvian Andes. The driver, who survived, was being held by police. File  photograph: Jacob Halaska/Photolibrary/Getty Images

A dump truck crammed with dozens of schoolchildren dropped from a cliff in the Peruvian Andes as it returned from festivities in a highland province, (...)

‘Quinoa can be quite trouble-free to grow in Ireland’

I love salads as a main course, but I usually end up feeling hungry again a few hours later. By including a base such as freekeh, barley or couscou(...)

U2 guitarist The Edge (David Evans) with his son, Levi

"Two summers ago, Bono spoke to me about drawings he had made of his father. He asked if they could be used to raise money for the Irish Hospice Fo(...)

Former president and UN envoy Mary Robinson: Developing countries must be right there at the beginning and not locked into dirty fossil fuel infrastructure. Photograph: The Irish Times

UN special envoy for climate change Mary Robinson says developing nations need to join the rest of the world in reducing greenhouse gas emissions to s(...)

Michaella McCollum Connolly (left) and Melissa Reid attend court at the Justice Court of Callao, Peru, on  August 21st, 2013. File photograph: Mariana Bazo/Reuters

Drug mule Michaella McCollum Connolly could serve a shorter jail sentence if she is repatriated to Northern Ireland, it has been revealed.The Co Tyron(...)