Photos of  prisoners  are seen in the foreground as representatives of Mitsubishi Materials  apologise to POWs. Photograph: Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images

Mariko Lochridge in Los Angeles Construction company Mitsubishi Materials has become the first major Japanese company to apologise for using captured(...)

It is estimated there are between 20,000 and 25,000 undocumented people living in Ireland, including children. Photograph: Eric Luke

A majority of the Irish public is in favour of allowing undocumented migrants the right to live and work here legally, according to a poll commission(...)

French ecology minister Ségolène Royal has already become a central figure in the presidency of her former partner François Hollande. Photograph: Charles Platiau/Reuters

Revenge is a dish best eaten cold. A decade ago, Ségolène Royal watched helplessly as Valérie Trierweiler, a journalist at Paris Match magazine who(...)

Waves  hit  the sea shore in Wenling in east China’s Zhejiang province as Typhoon  Chan-Hom makes landfall. Photograph: EPA

Nearly one million people have been forced to flee as Typhoon Chan-hom hit the Chinese coast south of Shanghai with winds of up to 160km/h. Hundreds o(...)

Demonstrators in Dublin  supporting the ‘undocumented’ in Ireland. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times 4:42

Department of Justice officials are considering a proposal aimed at regularising the status of up to 20,000 undocumented migrants living and working i(...)

China’s president Xi Jinping: the bank is a key part of his  efforts to boost China’s influence, called “peripheral diplomacy”, and redress  China’s poor levels of representation on international bodies such as the World Bank and ADB.  Photograph: SeongJoon Cho/Bloomberg

Last week saw the official signing ceremony in Beijing of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, a China-led international financial institution th(...)

US navy crewman points to a computer screen purportedly showing Chinese construction on the reclaimed land of Fiery Cross Reef in the disputed Spratly Islands in the South China Sea. Photograph: US navy/Handout/Reuters

China is close to completing a 3,000m-long airstrip on one of its artificial islands in the disputed Spratly archipelago of the South China Sea, new (...)

New Irish citizens at a citizenship ceremony in 2013. File photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Nigerian citizens were the largest single group among those who received Irish citizenship in 2013, according to figures by Eurostat. Nigerian citize(...)

Incentives and innovation could be the best way to ensure carbon-free technologies are competitive with fossil fuels. Photograph: Reuters

Every silver lining has a cloud. The technologies that offer human beings comforts and opportunities that would have been unimaginable two centuries a(...)

Joel Barquez still clearly remembers the day of December 12th, 1997. Barquez, founder of Blood Donors Network, was hospitalised for dengue fever at St(...)