Arriving in Gevgelija: After their ordeals, many refugees are  content to wait a while in the southern Macedonia town where local and international aid groups offer food, clothes, medical help and other crucial services. Photograph: Boris Grdanoski/AP

It is late on a dank and foggy night in a transit camp for refugees in southern Macedonia, and the next train north won’t leave for several hours. Mo(...)

Brothers Pasang Tensing Sherpa and Mingma Tsiri Sherpa at the Cliffs of Moher. Photograph: Cian O’Brolchain

Multiply Croagh Patrick by 11 and a bit, and that’s the sort of environment that Mingma Tsiri Sherpa and six of his siblings spend their working days (...)

 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(...)

People look at damaged  houses after an earthquake of magnitude 6.8 hit  Imphal, India. Photograph: Reuters.

A powerful earthquake struck South Asia before dawn on Monday, killing at least nine people and injuring about 200. Efforts to rescue those trapped in(...)

The Khalifa Stadium in Doha which is  preparing to host some of the matches for the 2022 World Cup. In the summer, in Qatar, it can be 40 degrees for days on end. Death rates among Nepalis working in the Gulf are high. Photograph:   Getty Images

At first glance, the village of Dhaitar, about three hours by bus along a potholed road from Kathmandu, the capital of this impoverished, mountainous (...)

“We’re all different. That’s not a bad thing. That’s a good thing. And while it may not be easy to get past the things you don’t always understand, it is absolutely possible if we only do it together.” Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

The kiss Senator Katherine Zappone shared with her partner Ann-Louise Gilligan after proposing live on television the day of the same-sex marriage ref(...)

The same-sex marriage referendum was the most talked about topic on Facebook in Ireland in 2015, while marriage equality, including Ireland’s May referendum, was the sixth most talked about topic on Facebook in the world. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Ireland’s same-sex marriage referendum was among the Top 10 most talked about world events on Facebook in 2015, according to the social media site’s y(...)

A Bollywood Kids dance was part of the Diwali Festival of Lights organised by the Indian Cultural and Sports Community Galway and Indian Society at NUI Galway. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Galway’s Indian community celebrated “light over darkness” at its annual Diwali festival at the weekend, when a tribute was paid to former particip(...)

The increasing sophistication of passport and visa fraud is becoming a major challenge, a seminar to mark the 60th anniversary of Ireland’s membership of the UN has heard. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The growing sophistication of passport and visa fraud is presenting major challenges for the Department of Foreign Affairs, a seminar on security chal(...)

 Buddhist master Ringu Tulku Rinpoche. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

When he was a young boy, Ringu Tulku Rinpoche was forced to flee Tibet along with his family. Tied to his horse so he wouldn’t fall off it when he sl(...)