A group of undocumented parents and children outside the Dáil to mark International Migrants Day. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons. 2:11

Allan Defiesta’s sixth Christmas in Ireland will be a quiet one, a far cry from the extravaganza of holiday celebration in his native Philippines. (...)

Lima was never going to save the world. What the UN’s 20th climate change conference (Cop20) was meant to do, however, was to lay firm foundations for(...)

President of COP20, Peruvian minister of environment Manuel Pulgar-Vidal (right) and executive secretary of UN Framework Convention on Climate Change Christiana Figueres applaud after the approval of  document dubbed The Lima Call for Climate Action. Photograph: EPA

The UN’s 20th climate-change conference in Lima – Cop20 – could easily have fallen apart, and it looked as if it would on Saturday. But the irreconcil(...)

Typhoon victim Alfredo dela Pena fixes the roof of his damaged house on Samar Island in the Philippines. Photograph: Francis R Malasig/EPA 1:43

Philippine emergency workers are struggling to reach coastal villages on an island hardest hit by a typhoon where thousands of homes have been wrec(...)

The capital Manila shut down as Hagupit, now downgraded to a tropical storm, took aim at the tip of the main island Luzon, just south of the city of 12 million people. Photograph: Erik De Castro/Reuters 1:43

The death toll from Typhoon Hagupit rose to 21 on Monday, the Philippine Red Cross said, after the storm tore through the country’s central islands fl(...)

A  typhoon victim pleads for help in the town of Taft, Samar island. Photorgaph:  EPA/Francis R Malasig 1:43

At least 21 people are reported dead in the main town of Eastern Samar in the Philippines where Typhoon Hagupit made first landfall, the Philippine (...)

Residents take shelter in Pope Francis complex in Tacloban city, central Philippines after fleeing their houses due to Typhoon Hagupit. Photograph: Rowel Montes/Reuters

A powerful typhoon tore through the central Philippines on Sunday, bringing howling winds that toppled trees and power poles and cut off communication(...)

People move to safer ground in the town of Marabot, Samar island, Philippines, 6th December 2014, ahead of Typhoon Hagupit. Photograph: EPA/Francis R. Malasig

Irish charities Plan Ireland and GOAL are preparing response efforts in the Philippines as Typhoon Hagupit is predicted to make landfall on Saturday.O(...)

Filipino residents evacuate to safer ground in the town of Marabot, Samar island, Philippines, 6th December 2014. Photograph: EPA/Francis R. Malasig

Aid workers have described deserted streets and scenes of destruction in the Philippines as a typhoon started to work its way across the country.Power(...)

Residents with their belongings ride  to an evacuation center in Tacloban city, central Philippines on December 4th, 2014. Photograph: Reuters

Tens of thousands of people fled coastal villages and landslide-prone areas in the central Philippines on Friday as typhoon Hagupit neared.The storm h(...)