Former Ireland rugby international Trevor Ringland. Mr Ringland was one of the attendees at the launch of the first branch of the Royal Commonwealth Society (RCS) in the Republic, where Lord Diljit Rana urged the State to consider rejoining the Commonwealth.   File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The Republic needs to have a “rational and serious debate” about rejoining the Commonwealth, a member of the House of Lords has said. Speaking at the (...)

Nuns hold vigils to condemn the gang-rape of an elderly nun in Ranaghat, India, on March 14th, allegedly by Hindu extremists. Photograph: Rajat Gupta/EPA

Ten months after prime minister Narendra Modi’s Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) assumed power, many members of India’s minority Christi(...)

Pakistani Christians gather in front of a church following suicide bombing attacks on churches in Lahore on Sunday. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Bombs outside two churches in the Pakistani city of Lahore killed 14 people and wounded nearly 80 during Sunday services, and witnesses said quick (...)

A Native American costume which sold for €320,000

A Native American costume, brought home to an aristocratic house in Co Kilkenny more than 100 years ago, sold for €320,000 at Fonsie Mealy Auctioneers(...)

A set of forks which belonged to Jonathan Swift have green-stained ivory handles which  carry the initials of the writer and his family coat of arms

Jonathan Swift (1667-1745), the renowned Anglo-Irish satirist and Dean of St Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin, used his quill to deadly effect to puncture (...)

An independent investigation into the deaths of at least 13 women at an unhygienic mass sterilisation camp in central India last month found the doctor used the same needle on each patient and staff never changed their gloves. Photograph: Anindito Mukherjee/Reuters

Fifteen Indians lost their sight after a doctor used suspected infected equipment to remove cataracts at a free eye surgery camp in the latest inciden(...)

 At least 73 people have been killed across Pakistan after heavy rains brought flash floods and caused homes to collapse in the Punjab and Kashmir regions. Photograph: Mohsin Raza/Reuters

At least 73 people have been killed across Pakistan after heavy rains brought flash floods and caused homes to collapse in the Punjab and Kashmir reg(...)

Former cricket star and opposition leader Imran Khan speaks to supporters in Islamabad. Mr Khan says prime minister Nawaz Sharif rigged last year’s elections to secure his landslide win. Photograph: Bilawal Arbab/EPA

Thousands of protesters marched to the Pakistani parliament yesterday as part of a bid to force the prime minister to resign, using a crane and bolt (...)

Indian Trinamool Party workers protest against the Communist Party near a polling station during the ninth and final phase of the parliamentary elections in Calcutta today. Photograph: EPA/Piyal Adhikary

India’s Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), led by the controversial Narendra Modi (63), is poised to form the country’s next government, (...)

Polling officials demonstrate to residents how to use an electronic voting machine in Kolkata yesterday.  Photograph: Rupak De Chowdhuri/Reuters

The showdown between the ruling Congress Party and its principal challenger, the opposition Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), has become(...)