An Iranian hugs her mother upon her arrival back  in Tehran, Iran, after performing the hajj in Mecca, Saudi Arabia. Photograph: Abedin Taherkenareh/EPA

Iran’s death toll from the Saudi hajj disaster has nearly doubled to 464 pilgrims killed, state media reported today - a development that is likely to(...)

Terry McCarthy’s 27-year career  began on the front lines in Nicaragua and El Salvador.

In the mid-1980s, when Terry McCarthy graduated from UCD and started out at the Irish Press, Ireland’s unemployment rate was in double digits and a pe(...)

 Muslim pilgrims surround the Kaaba at the Masjid al-Haram Mosque in Mecca, Saudi Arabia. Photograph: Amel Pain/EPA

Saudi Arabia’s interior ministry has said that the 1,100 photos distributed to foreign diplomats to help identify nationals who died in the hajj trage(...)

Queue for the Garda National Immigration Bureau. Photograph: Sorcha Pollak 3:18

Meaures are being introduced this week to counter long queues outside the Garda National Immigration Bureau on Burgh Quay, according to the Department(...)

Pakistani soldiers and police commandos pictured in Peshawar.  A man who is to be hanged over a crime he says he did not commit says police framed him because he was poor by planting two guns at his house. Photograph: A Majeed/AFP/Getty Images.

Pakistani authorities are set to hang a man who says he was 15 when he was arrested for a murder he claims he did not commit, lawyers said on Saturda(...)

Iranian women chant slogans at an anti-Saudi protest rally: they were among thousands of worshippers have marched in Tehran after Friday prayers to denounce the “incompetency” of Saudi Arabia’s handling the hajj. Photograph: Vahid Salemi/AP

The human crush that killed more than 700 pilgrims near Mecca echoed across the Muslim world on Friday as countries from Africa, Asia and Europe claim(...)

Pilgrims throw stones at a symbolic devil, hours after the stampede in Mina, near Mecca. Photograph: Amel Pain/EPA

Muslim pilgrims are continuing with the final rites of hajj a day after more than 700 people died in a stampede. The hajj pilgrimage is a main pillar (...)

Khaled Hosseini, UNHCR goodwill ambassador.

Like millions around the world, I have been moved by the recent public outcry and spontaneous acts of solidarity towards refugees in Europe. As an am(...)

Migrants get off a train  at the railway station of Botovo, near the Croatian-Hungarian border. Photograph: Stringer/AFP/Getty Images

Four years of war have killed 250,000 of its people, driven four million of them abroad and displaced twice as many inside its borders, but on the Bal(...)

The new leader of the Afghan Taliban, Mullah Mansour, has called for unity and raised the possibility of peace talks with the government in Kabul in a message released on Tuesday to mark the upcoming Muslim festival of Eid. Photograph: Taliban Handout/Handout via Reuters.

The new leader of the Afghan Taliban, Mullah Mansour, has called for unity and raised the possibility of peace talks with the government in Kabul in (...)