Ireland players (l to r) George Dockrell, Niall O’Brien, Ed Joyce, William Porterfield and Paul Stirling have a look at the square at The Gabba during their training session on Monday ahead of tomorrow’s World Cup game against the United Arab Emirates. Photograph: Barry Chambers/Inpho

From the seaside idyll of Nelson to the subtropical expanse of Brisbane, from temporary stands to the multi-coloured seats in the giant concrete bowl(...)

 Australian former convicted terrorist and former detainee at Guantanamo Bay David Hicks speaks at a press conference in Sydney, Australia. Photograph: Nikki Short/EPA

An Australian former Guantanamo Bay detainee has claimed after a US military appeals court threw out his conviction on a terrorism charge that he wa(...)

An MQ-1 Predator drone: the lifting of sales restriction is likely to lead to a flood of request for purchases. Photograph: Lt Col Leslie Pratt

The United States government has agreed to sell to more allies armed unmanned aircraft or drones, controversially used in the wars in Iraq and Afghan(...)

Ireland’s captain William Porterfield (centre) plays a shot watched by West Indies’ wicketkeeper Denesh Ramdin (left) and captain Jason Holder (right) during the Pool B 2015 Cricket World Cup match between Ireland and the West Indies at Saxton Park Oval in Nelson on Monday. Photograph:  AFP 1:09

Ireland’s four-wicket victory over West Indies in their opening 2015 World Cup clash on Monday was not an ‘upset’, according to their captain.William (...)

HSBC’s Expat Explorer league table  placed Bahrain in fifth position  in terms of attractiveness for expats out of 34 countries, followed by Oman (6), Qatar (10) and the UAE (13).

There are six Gulf Co-operation Council states: Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE), and Irish expats hea(...)

Pakistani security personnel inspect a Shia Muslim mosque after an attack by Taliban militants in Peshawar on Friday. Photograph: AFP.

At least 19 people were killed on Friday in the Pakistani city of Peshawar in a series of explosions targeting a Shia mosque, in the latest sectari(...)

Dr Nata Duvvury, global women’s studies director at NUI Galway: “Violence in society further pulls down an economy’s capacity to recover from crisis.” Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Governments that cut back on supports such as rape crisis counselling during times of economic crisis are “shooting themselves in the foot”, a global (...)

Presenter Laura Whitmore at the IFTA Awards in 2014. Whitmore had to contend with a number of technical glitches during the ceremony, including viewers being unable to hear her. Photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins Photos

The National Lottery had to defer its weekly prize draw for the first time in its 28-year history on Wednesday because of a technical hitch. Thousands(...)

Migrants arriving at Porto Empedocle in Sicily after being rescued off the Libyian coast by a Dutch freighter. Photograph: Frank Miller

Across Europe asylum applications are on the increase and Ireland, for the first time in more than a decade, is no exception. Last year, there was an(...)

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The number of refugees in the world recently exceeded 50 million. Half are children. The country most affected is Syria. More than 2.5 million of its (...)