Men gather at the Anwar-i-Madina Mosque on Talbot Street, Dublin to eat after fasting and praying during Ramadan. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons.

Fancy fasting for 20 hours a day? No food, no water, no smoking, no sex, and broken sleep. That is the daily lot, from sunrise to sunset, of Muslims (...)

Pakistani rescue workers bury the bodies of heatwave victims in Karachi, Pakistan, yesterday. The death toll from a heatwave in southern Pakistan climbed to 1,100 on Thursday. Photograph: Rehan Khan/Epa

The Pakistani Taliban yesterday warned it would take action against an electricity company if power outages continued to plague Karachi, a southern po(...)

People cooling off as they are sprayed with water from a leaking pipeline in Karachi on Thursday. Photograph: Akhtar Soomro/Reuters

The worst heat wave to hit Pakistan’s southern city of Karachi for nearly 35 years has killed more than 1,000 people, a charity said on Thursday, as (...)

A woman  wets her burqa to cool her father’s head outside the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre  in Karachi, Pakistan, June 24th, 2015. The city  is wilting in a four-day heatwave that has killed more than 780 people. Photograph: Akhtar Soomro/Reuters

A heatwave has killed 780 people in Pakistan’s financial hub of Karachi and piled pressure on a beleaguered provincial government, as rivals blame it (...)

There is some concern in the Coaltion that the improvements in direct provision system, as well as a recovering economy, could make Ireland a destination country for immigrants. Photograph: Getty Images

The Coalition is increasingly concerned about a spike in migrants coming to Ireland, with hundreds arriving via the United Kingdom in recent months(...)

Laiq and his wife Amtul with their sons Waleed (16) Nabeed (12) and Sarmad (5). The family live and sleep in one room in the Eglinton direct provision centre in Salthill. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

After more than eight years of hoping, waiting and praying, Laiq and his family of four are cautiously hopeful that an end might finally be in sight. (...)

 Residents help a heatstroke victim at a market area during a heatwave in Karachi, Pakistan,  on June 23rd, 2015. Photograph: Rizwan Tabassum/AFP/Getty Images

The death toll in Pakistan’s southern Sindh province, which has been struck by a heatwave, has reached 622, a senior health official has said. Senior(...)

Relatives mourn the death of a heatwave victim at the EDHI morgue in Karachi. Photograph: Asif Hassan/AFP/Getty Images.

An intense heat wave over three days has killed more than 260 people in Pakistan’s southern Sindh province, officials said on Monday, leading authorit(...)

Bruce Schneier: “We’re all open books to both governments and corporations; their ability to peer into our collective personal lives is greater than it has ever been before”

A decade ago, the Irish Council for Civil Liberties cautioned that the mobile phone was in essence, the equivalent of a personal tracking device, reco(...)

A Malaysian Islamic religious officer looks at a telescope to determine the sighting of the new moon to mark the start of the fasting month of Ramadan in Putrajaya, outside Kuala Lumpur this week. Photograph: Fazry Ismail/EPA

The chairman of the Qasim Ali Khan mosque in Peshawar has little doubt why it regularly throws a spanner into the timings of Pakistan’s most important(...)