Syrians holding portraits of President Bashar al-Assad as they gather in the central city of Homs around the city’s newly renovated clock tower during a ceremony revealing the restored monument. Photograph Getty Images

Prosecution cases have been prepared against president and senior members of his regime for possible war crimes tribunal Smuggled Syrian documents en(...)

Dawa Chhiri Sherpa: “Our houses are gone and my 16-year-old son is not sleeping well, but I have no information at all about my family back at home”

Dawa Chhiri Sherpa speaks English with a hint of an Irish accent, due to his close relationship with many from these parts who are drawn to the Himal(...)

Fearghal O’Nuallain: ‘He understood from an early age that his time here was finite and he wanted to do and have as much as he could,’ said a close friend

Fearghal O’Nuallain (34), adventurous geography teacher at St Paul’s Academy, Abbey Wood, London Louis Armstrong’s voice warmed the chill of a (...)

Singer Kizito Mihigo was sentenced to 10 years in jail for plotting to kill Rwandan president Paul Kagame and other senior officials. Photograph: Ruben Sprich/Reuters

A popular singer in Rwanda known for his renditions of the national anthem was sentenced to 10 years in prison on Friday after being found guilty of p(...)

Tina Turner has lived in Switzerland for nearly two decades and gave up her US citizenship in 2013. 2:03

Secret documents reveal that global banking giant HSBC profited from doing business with arms dealers who channeled mortar bombs to child soldiers in (...)

Palestine’s permanent observer to the United Nations, Riyad Mansour, speaks at a UN Security Council meeting on a resolution to establish a Palestinian state. The resolution was defeated. Photograph: Peter Foley/EPA

The UN Security Council rejected a Palestinian resolution calling for an Israeli withdrawal from the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem and the est(...)

Palestine’s permanent observer to the United Nations, Riyad Mansour, speaks at a UN Security Council meeting on a resolution to establish a Palestinian state. The resolution was defeated. Photograph: Peter Foley/EPA

The UN Security Council rejected a Palestinian resolution calling for an Israeli withdrawal from the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem and the est(...)

High life expectancy and equal access to third-level education contributed to Ireland’s strong performance  in the World Economic Forum gender gap survey. Photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Are you bored with women complaining about gender inequality?Surely these days women can “look the business” in their sharp suits and high heels. They(...)

People at work at the Sorwathe Tea Plantation, 90 minutes from the Rwandan capital of Kigali. Photograph: Conor Pope 1:32

The blame for Ireland’s cataclysmic economic crash can be traced back to tea. Were it not for our enduring love of the stuff, a love stretching back m(...)

Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade Charlie Flanagan at a UN peacekeeping summit in New York.

The Government has agreed to train African military officers, most likely from Ethiopia, Tanzania and Uganda, in peacekeeping skills in Ireland and Af(...)