People hold flags during a large protest in Chisinau, Moldova, last Sunday. More than 15,000 people gathered to protest against the government, demanding early elections. Photograph: AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda

Moldova’s opposition is planning new demonstrations after an ultimatum to the government expired yesterday evening, amid warnings that the protests c(...)

Protesters shout slogans during a large demonstration in Chisinau, Moldova, on Sunday. Photograph: Vadim Ghirda/EPA

Moldovans are taking to the streets to protest against corruption and a controversial new government, but a potential driver of much needed change is (...)

Protesters in the middle of a blocked motorway in Chisinau on Sunday. At least 15,000 people rallied in the capital  in the latest demonstration against a government that was hastily approved by parliament and secretly sworn in late last Wednesday. Photograph: Robert Ghement/EPA

Moldova’s ruling coalition has rejected calls for the controversial government to quit and call snap elections, setting the stage for more street prot(...)

Women chant slogans during a large protest in Chisinau, Moldova on Sunday. More than 15,000 people gathered to protest against the government, demanding early elections in Europe’s poorest state. Photograph: Vadim Ghirda/AP

More than 15,000 anti-government protesters marched through Moldova’s capital on Sunday, and vowed to pile more pressure on a controversial new cabine(...)

A protest outside the national television building  in Chisinau, Moldova, against the new government headed by pro-European  Pavel Filip. Photograph:  Dumitru Doru/EPA

Opposition leaders in Moldova vowed to continue street protests until the controversial new government resigns and snap elections are called. Thousa(...)

People attending a rally in front of the parliament building in Chisinau, Moldova, on Thursday. Photograph: Dorin Goian/AFP/Getty Images

Thousands of Moldovans rallied in the country’s capital, Chisinau, on Thursday to demand the resignation of a government that was secretly sworn in la(...)

Religious statuary which formed part of an auction of items from two Mercy convents in Tralee, Co Kerry, last Saturday

An auction of contents of two Mercy convents has unexpectedly turned out to be the most successful auction in Ireland in 2015 with 100 per cent of (...)

 Ilham Aliyev with Kazakhstan’s president Nursultan Nazarbayev. A drop in oil prices has made it harder for him to deliver on his promise to raise living standards. Photograph: Alexey Nikolsky/EPA/Ria Novosti/Kremlin pool

The people of Azerbaijan will vote in a parliamentary election on Sunday overshadowed by a merciless crackdown on human rights in the oil-rich forme(...)

Dubliner Mark Walsh: “My break came when I was asked to work on a documentary about Salman Rushdie”

In the mid-1980s, Dubliner Mark Walsh, following college, was “attracted to the louche cosmopolitanism of West Berlin”, preferring to live “on a wa(...)

Authorities working with the FBI in eastern Europe have foiled four attempts in the past five years by gangs with suspected Russian connections to sell radioactive material to Middle Eastern extremists. Image: Thinkstock

Authorities working with the FBI in eastern Europe have foiled four attempts in the past five years by gangs with suspected Russian connections to sel(...)