“No” supporters shout slogans during celebrations following Sunday’s referendum   in Athens. Photograph:  Reuters/Dimitris Michalakis 1:50

As the result of the Greek referendum became clear on Sunday evening, the last stanza of Shelley’s great poem about political resistance, The Mask of (...)

Roger Casement: said he wanted Ireland to be restored to Europe. Photograph: Getty Images

Roger Casement, who was executed by the British for treason in 1916, predicted his own downfall three years earlier when he wrote: “I fully expect to (...)

China’s president Xi Jinping: the bank is a key part of his  efforts to boost China’s influence, called “peripheral diplomacy”, and redress  China’s poor levels of representation on international bodies such as the World Bank and ADB.  Photograph: SeongJoon Cho/Bloomberg

Last week saw the official signing ceremony in Beijing of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, a China-led international financial institution th(...)

David Thom: ‘The place we live must be a place we love, a place we don’t want to leave.’

Our home is buses, boats hotels, guest houses, farms, villages, towns and cities. Our home is the road, two backpacks and each other, and we love it. (...)

 South Africa’s president Jacob Zuma with school children during the closing ceremony of the 25th African Union  summit in Johannesburg on June 16th. Photograph: Elmond Jiyane/EPA

The handling of a variety of recent controversies in South Africa by the African National Congress-led government has given rise to the notion on many(...)

Sudan’s president Omar al-Bashir waves to his supporters at the airport in Khartoum on June 15th, on arrival for  South Africa. Photograph: Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah/Reuters

South Africa will review its membership of the International Criminal Court (ICC) and consider withdrawing as a last resort in light of demands mad(...)

Sudanese president Omar al-Bashir waves as he arrives in Khartoum from Johannesburg after a court ordered him not to leave South Africa as it decided whether to arrest him over alleged war crimes.  Photograph: Ebrahim Hamid/AFP/Getty Images

The South African government “clearly violated” the law by allowing Sudan’s president, Omar al-Bashir, to leave the country, a court ruled yesterda(...)

Minister for the Marine Simon Coveney: has been told he must “up his game” to ensure EU commitments  on fish stocks are met. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Birdwatch Ireland has called on Minister for the Marine Simon Coveney to ensure Ireland plays its part in meeting an EU deadline on managing fish sto(...)

File photo  of British Airways aircraft parked at the airline’s engineering base at London’s Heathrow airport. The two men are believed to have clung on to a British Airways plane as it flew more than 8,000 miles (12,875 km) from Johannesburg in South Africa to Heathrow.  Photograph: Steve Parsons/PA Wire

A stowaway has plunged to his death from a plane and landed on a shop in a high street in London. A second man who did not fall from the plane is bein(...)

Police lead suspected shooter Dylann Roof (21) into the courthouse in Shelby, North Carolina. Roof  is accused of killing nine people at a Bible-study meeting in a historic African-American church in Charleston, South Carolina. Photograph: Jason Miczek/Reuters. 0:56

In the hours after the Charleston shooting, a portrait began to take shape of suspect Dylann Roof as someone with racist views and at least two recent(...)