James Connolly addressing a meeting of about 8,000 people in Union Square, Manhattan, New York City on May Day, 1908. Photograph: Library of Congress

The death of James Connolly in the 1916 Easter Rising was an incalculable loss to Irish socialism as he was succeeded by a labour leadership that was(...)

People release white doves  in memory of those who died in a fire at a trade union building two years ago. Photograph: Anatolii Stepanov/AFP/Getty Images

Scuffles, arrests, a bomb scare and high security overshadowed events in the Ukrainian city of Odessa yesterday to mark two years since vicious street(...)

Syrian children take part in a rally in solidarity with Aleppo, in the Lebanese northern port city of Tripoli, on Sunday. More than a week of fighting in Syria’s second city has killed hundreds of civilians and left a UN-backed peace process hanging by a thread. Concern has been growing that the fighting in Aleppo will lead to the complete collapse of a landmark ceasefire between president Bashar al-Assad’s regime and non-jihadist rebels that was brokered by Moscow and Washington. Photograph: Ibrahim Chalhoub/AFP/Getty Images

Washington and Moscow said on Monday they were working hard to extend a truce in Syria to Aleppo, the divided northern city where a sharp escalation o(...)

US secretary of state John Kerry: he said efforts to revive a cessation of hostilities must include Aleppo. Photograph: Brendan McDermid/Reuters

Russia said on Sunday talks were taking place to include Aleppo in a temporary lull in fighting declared by the Syrian army in some western parts of t(...)

Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton: on some foreign policy issues, it’s Hillary the Hawk against Donald the Quasi-Dove. Photographs: Damon Winter/Zach Gibson/The New York Times

It seems odd, in this era of gender fluidity, that we are headed toward the most stark X versus Y battle since Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs. Donal(...)

A Red Crescent aid worker inspects scattered medical supplies after an airstrike on a medical depot in the rebel-held Tariq al-Bab neighbourhood of Aleppo, Syria on April 30th, 2016. Photograph: Abdalrhman Ismail/Reuters

The United States is working on “specific initiatives” to reduce the violence in Syria and sees stopping the bloodshed in Aleppo as a top priority, a(...)

A Walpurgis Night bonfire. Photograph: Thinkstock

Walpurgis Night, which spans the last day of April and the start of May, is not much celebrated in these parts. But throughout Northern Europe it seem(...)

A civil defence member carries a child that survived from under the rubble at a site hit by air strikes in the insurgent-held area of Old Aleppo, Syria, on Thursday.  Photograph: Abdalrhman Ismail/Reuters

Air strikes on a hospital in Aleppo on Thursday killed three doctors and some 27 patients, in addition to dozens of civilians killed in strikes on in(...)

A family clambers over the rubble   of destroyed buildings following an air strike  in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo.  Photograph: Ameer Alhalbi/AFP/Getty Images

Air strikes have destroyed a hospital and killed dozens of people in rebel-held areas of the Syrian city of Aleppo including children and doctors, and(...)

Campaigner Adi Roche delivers an impassioned plea to the United Nations general assembly in New York on the 30th anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster. Photograph: Simon Carswell

Campaigner Adi Roche delivered an impassioned plea to the United Nations general assembly in New York on the 30th anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear(...)