French president Hollande  after his speech during the annual gathering of French ambassadors at the Élysée Palace in Paris on August 25th. Photograph:  Philippe Wojazer / EPA/ Pool MaxPPP

When French president François Hollande addressed France’s ambassadors to foreign countries, assembled in the red velvet and gilt reception rooms of t(...)

Illustration: Frazer Hudson/Ikon via Getty Images

Since the web entered public consciousness 20 years ago, there has been a lot of talk about its dangers and all the rogues who lie in wait for them(...)

A man  walks past a board showing currency exchange rates in Almaty, Kazakhstan on  August 20th Photograph: Reuters

Kazakhstan relinquished control of its exchange rate in the latest sign emerging nations will stop defending their currencies after China roiled globa(...)

One in eight students attending Ireland’s second-level schools last year was born overseas, figures for the 2014-2015 school year show. Almost 45,000 (...)

Tawa Awobinpe with children Malik (5), Mubarak (12), Faridah (on lap 18mths) and Tunde (6) in Edel House, Grattan St, Co Cork. Photograph: Provision

Tawa Awonbinpe, originally from Nigeria and now an Irish citizen, says her four children have “experienced things they shouldn’t” since they became ho(...)

Migrants walk along the railway tracks of the Eurotunnel terminal at the Calais-Frethun station outside the northern French port of Calais on August 10th, 2015. Photograph: FRANCOIS LO PRESTI/AFP/Getty Images

When you’re facing the world’s biggest refugee crisis since the second world war, it helps to have a sober debate about how to respond. But to do that(...)

An image grab taken from a video shows alleged Islamic State leader  Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in Mosul. Photograph: Al-Furqan Media/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

It seems a strange obsession for men so opposed to graven images that they smash ancient statues with sledge hammers. The jihadists of Islamic State (...)

  An Post office in Dublin. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Stolen cash, missing mail, and parcels sent to the wrong hemisphere are just some of the issues which vex An Post customers. In the last year and a (...)

Michael D Higgins: “We need to confront the hegemonic ethic of individualism and insatiable consumption at the roots of our behaviour and replace it with a new thinking”. The President was speaking at  the Consciouness Summit in Paris.  Photograph: EPA/ETIENNE LAURENT

Two news items about climate change illustrate how public opinion is becoming more aware of the dangers in a year of major choices about how to mitiga(...)

‘I cannot make you understand. I cannot make anyone understand what is happening inside me. I cannot even explain it to myself.” Gregor Samsa’s mutati(...)