Ali Mitter, Shane Bonner and Katrina Crawford; behind, Clare Wilkinson Naveen Bachani, and Mari Donelan at Newmarket Kitchen at Bray Business Park . Photograph: Cyril Byrne

In a sprawling industrial estate on the outskirts of Bray, Co Wicklow, there’s a stylish, spacious and bright unit where 16 food businesses share a c(...)

Wikileaks founder Julian Assange squints in the sunlight as he prepares to speak from the balcony of the Ecuadorian embassy. Photograph: Carl Court/Getty Images

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange called on Britain and Sweden on Friday to let him freely leave the Ecuadorian embassy in London after a UN panel rule(...)

The gathering of Myanmar’s MPs in its capital Naypyitaw for the first session of the new parliament is an important and welcome milestone in the count(...)

Myanmar’s National League for Democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi arrives for the opening of the new parliament in Naypyitaw. Lawmakers  will form Myanmar’s ruling party, with enough seats to choose the first democratically elected government since the military took power in 1962. Photograph: Soe Zeya Tun/Reuters

After an historic day yesterday when pro-democracy campaigner Aung San Suu Kyi entered Myanmar’s parliament, the southeast Asian nation focused on ap(...)

Myanmar democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi after attending the first day of a new parliament session in Naypyitaw, Myanmar on Monday. Photograph: Hein Htet/EPA

Wearing flowers in her hair and looking poised and calm, Aung San Suu Kyi took her seat in the front row of Myanmar’s parliament after more than 50 ye(...)

National League for Democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi leaves after the last day of the parliament’s lower house regular session. Photograph: Ye Aung/AFP/Getty Images

Myanmar will form its first democratically elected government since the military junta took power in 1962 when opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi over(...)

Almost 40 people drowned and 75 were rescued after a boat carrying migrants to Greece sank off Turkey’s western coast. File photograph: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

Almost 40 people drowned and 75 were rescued after a boat carrying migrants to Greece sank off Turkey’s western coast on Saturday, according to local (...)

 Mary Lawlor, founder and director of Front Line Defenders: “Ireland and the EU must be as strong speaking up for human rights defenders in countries where they have political and strategic interests as they are when it comes to the usual suspects,” she said. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Some 157 human rights activists were killed or died in detention in 25 countries last year, according to the advocacy group Front Line Defenders. T(...)

John Jenkins and Katrina Crawford with their Bayin sesame and peanut oils. The oils are imported from Burma

A honeymoon trip by John Jenkins and Katrina Crawford led to them setting up Bayin Oils, the first and, so far, only Irish company to import a food or(...)

Freelance miners in Burma make a living by digging for raw jade stones in piles of waste rubble dumped by mechanical diggers. Photograph: Getty Images

Nearly 100 bodies have been pulled from a landslide near a jade mine in Burma northern Kachin State and an estimated 100 people are still missing, a (...)