Nepalese rescue members gather at the collapsed Darahara Tower in Kathmandu on April 25, 2015. A powerful 7.9 magnitude earthquake struck Nepal, causing massive damage in the capital Kathmandu with strong tremors felt across neighbouring countries. Photo: Prakash Mathema/AFP

The death toll from a powerful quake that struck Nepal on Saturday has risen to 449, most of it in the Kathmandu Valley, police said. The quake measur(...)

Prince Charles, President Michael D Higgins,   Prince Harry and President of the Republic of Turkey  Recep Tayyip Erdogan at Helles Memorial, Gallipoli, Turkey, at the Commonwealth and Ireland service to Commemorate the centenary of the Gallipoli landings. Photograph: Chris Bellew/Fennell Photography

There are white carnations on the graves of the erstwhile forgotten Irish of V Beach this morning.They were put there by a president and by his wife, (...)

Cagliari chief prosecutor Mauro Mura told reporters that as well as planning to launch attacks in Pakistan and Afghanistan, as earlier reported, the suspects may also have been aiming to target the Vatican. Photograph: Osservatore Romano/EPA

Suspected extremists being questioned in a counter-terrorism investigation in Italy may have been planning an attack against the Vatican, one of the p(...)

US president Barack Obama delivers a statpment in  White House in  on Thursday in which he apologised for a counterterrorism operation in January that accidentally killed two aid workers held hostage by al Qaeda. Photograph: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

US president Barack Obama expressed his “deepest apologies” on behalf of his government over the killing of two aid workers, an American and an Itali(...)

The White House acknowledged on Thursday two hostages held by Al Qaeda were accidentally killed in an American government counter-terrorism operation in January and said President Obama takes full responsibility. One of the hostages, Warren Weinstein, an American held by Al Qaeda since 2011, is seen in an image from a video released by his captors in 2013. Photograph: New York Times

One American and one Italian held hostage by al Qaeda in the border region of Pakistan and Afghanistan were killed in a US counter-terrorism operatio(...)

China’s president Xi Jinping receives flowers from a Pakistani girl after arriving at Nur Khan air base in Rawalpindi.  Mr Xi  arrived in Islamabad on Monday for his first state visit to Pakistan, where he is expected to announce investment of €42.77 billion. Photograph:  AFP/Press Information Department, Pakistan

China’s President Xi Jinping arrived in Islamabad on Monday for his first state visit to Pakistan, where he is expected to announce investment of €42.(...)

South Africans gather  outside a hostel during anti-immigrant  violence in Johannesburg. South Africa has sought diplomatic support from  African nations to defeat the ‘demon’ of anti-immigrant violence in the country.  Photograph: Siphiwe Sibeko/Reuters

South Africa sought diplomatic support from countries across Africa to defeat the “demon” of anti-immigrant violence in the country, in which at least(...)

Joint Garda/social welfare checkpoint on Mallow to Cork road. Twenty members of the force joined the national unit earlier this year and are able to use their powers of arrest. Photograph: Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

It’s shortly after 9am and the benefit fraud team spots two builders working on the roof of a house in a suburban housing estate. “I’ve a funny feelin(...)

Abdul Malik, chief minister of Baluchistan (6th from left), along with Pakistan Army soldiers and locals, attends a funeral prayer for the victims of the attack on a construction site. Photograph: Directorate General Public Information Department (DGPID)/Reuters

Gunmen attacked a Pakistani construction site and killed 20 labourers as they slept on Saturday, a government official said, in what appeared to be fu(...)

Mohsin Hamid, author of the bestselling novel The Reluctant Fundamentalist, is not a typical Pakistani Muslim. He argues eloquently that there is no s(...)