Japan’s Ground Self-Defence Force Patriot Advanced Capability-3 (PAC-3) missile interceptor unit is deployed in Tokyo to counter North Korea’s possible launch of ballistic missile. Asian powers including Japan and South Korea have expressed concern over the mooted launch of what the North described as a satellite. Photograph: Franck Robichon/EPA.

News of North Korean plans to launch a satellite and rocket have been met with concern by regional neighbours Japan, South Korea and even ally China.(...)

Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi (right) prepares to shake hands with US secretary of state John Kerry  at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Beijing,  January 27th, 2016. Photograph: Fred Dufour/AFP/Getty Images

North Korea’s nuclear ambitions and China’s territorial claims in the South China Sea topped the agenda as US secretary of state John Kerry met Chines(...)

US Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter and US ambassador to France Jane Hartley, pay tribute to the victims of November 13th terror attacks in Paris, at the Place de la Republique. Photograph: Jacques Demarthon/AFP/Getty Images

The French writer and statesman André Malraux allegedly predicted that “the 21st century will be a century of religion or it will not be at all.” Th(...)

Pall-bearers carry the coffin of Welly Nzitonda, the son of human rights defender Pierre-Claver Mbonimpa, during a funeral ceremony in Bujumbura, Burundi, on November 10, 2015. AFP PHOTO / LANDRY NSHIMIY

It is a bit predictable for a human rights organisation to produce a report saying how bad the human rights situation is, but we have reached a turnin(...)

 Mary Lawlor, founder and director of Front Line Defenders: “Ireland and the EU must be as strong speaking up for human rights defenders in countries where they have political and strategic interests as they are when it comes to the usual suspects,” she said. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Some 157 human rights activists were killed or died in detention in 25 countries last year, according to the advocacy group Front Line Defenders. T(...)

Spain heads the list of countries where Irish citizens are most likely to run into trouble with police, according to figures from the past five years (...)

Islamist gunmen shoot a wounded police officer on the ground at point-blank range, as they flee the offices of French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo in Paris, in this still image taken from amateur video shot on January 7th, 2015. Photograph: Reuters

The Islamist attack on satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo made France the third deadliest country for journalists in 2015, just behind Syria and Iraq, me(...)

In October, the US Navy sent the USS Lassen, a guided-missile destroyer, on patrol within  12 nautical miles of Subi Reef in the Spratly archipelago. China responded by accusing Washington of having a “cold war mentality”. Photograph: Evan Kenny/EPA/US Navy

Was there a more potent image in 2015 to represent China’s newfound confidence in matters of foreign policy than the satellite photograph of a land r(...)

The law is indeed an ass in this case as Connacht travel to Newcastle for this European Challenge Cup fixture one man short in terms of their match-d(...)

According to the MRCI, there are 20,000-26,000 undocumented migrants living in Ireland. Of these, 21 per cent have been here for more than 10 years. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Undocumented migrants on both sides of the Atlantic have called on the Government to introduce regularisation for those living in Ireland undocumented(...)