Meteorologists from the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration monitor and plot the direction of powerful Typhoon Melor at their headquarters in suburban Manila. Photograph: Jay Directo/AFP/Getty

Hundreds of thousands of people were evacuated from the central Philippines on Monday as a typhoon with winds of up to 150 kph made landfall, dumping (...)

Edgar O’Neill: ‘The floods  in our area are getting worse, often occurring in regions which were previously flood free.’

I moved with my wife to the island of Luzon in the Philippines in mid-2009. It was a baptism of fire. Shortly after our arrival a severe tropical stor(...)

This combination of undated images taken from Islamic State’s online magazine Dabiq purports to show Ole Johan Grimsgaard-Ofstad (48) from Oslo, Norway and Fan Jinghui (50) from Beijing, China. IS had demanded ransoms for the two men. Photograph: Dabiq via AP

China has vowed to seek justice after Islamic State killed its first known Chinese hostage in Syria. President Xi Jinping strongly condemned the “cru(...)

Police and ambulance vans parked near the apartment being targeted by police in Saint-Denis, a northern suburb of Paris on Wednesday. Photograph: Francois Mori/AP

The Belgian jihadist suspected of masterminding the Paris terror atrocities was reportedly killed when police stormed a flat in the north of the city,(...)

Dubai Celts GAA / Thailand GAA  vs Hong Kong Gaelic Football Club competing in the Camogie Final at the Asian Gaelic Games. Photograph: Aly Song

It’s a typical Shanghai autumn evening, warm but not oppressively so, a little overcast but the rain has held off. Against this eastern Chinese backdr(...)

A Chinese woman shot and wounded China’s consul general to the Philippines city of Cebu at a restaurant. Photograph: Google Maps

A Chinese woman shot and wounded China’s consul general to the Philippines city of Cebu at a restaurant on Wednesday and killed two consulate staff, a(...)

Undersecretary Alexander Pama, head of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council gives a briefing on Typhoon Koppu in suburban Manila. Photograph: Jay Directo/AFP/Getty Images

Typhoon Koppu grew stronger but was moving slower towards the north-eastern Philippines as the government urged local authorities to issue forced evac(...)

Filipino residents wade through floodwater in Bacoor city, south of Manila. Photograph: EPA

At least 10 people have died and 5,000 more have fled their homes after Typhoon Goni lashed the northern Philippines. Pounding rain and winds set off(...)

Cafes on South William Street: Dublin made it to fourth place in the Matador network’s list of the world’s best cities for coffee lovers and is hosting the world barista championships next year. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Dublin City Council has set up a working group to examine the various issues relating to cafes and restaurants replacing city centre shops, in the wak(...)

A view of a gutted slipper factory in the outskirts of  Manila, the Philippines. Local police have opened an investigation into the fire, which killed at least 72 people.  Photograph: Erik De Castro/Reuters

Police in the Philippines have opened a criminal investigation into a Manila factory fire that killed at least 72 people, as a relative of several vic(...)