Rajitha Seneviratne, Sri Lanka’s government spokesman, speaks about a planned investigation into accusations of human rights abuses in the final stages of the country’s  26 year civil war. Photograph: Dinuka Liyanawatte/Reuters

Sri Lanka is planning an investigation into accusations of human rights abuses in the final stages of a 26 year civil war amid international frustrati(...)

Michéal Martin’s father Paddy in an Irish Army uniform

Micheál Martin’s spidery writing is all over the printout of an email sent to him by his cousin outlining his family connections. Like many extended I(...)

File photo dated former British defence secretary Liam. Photograph: PA

Former British Defence Secretary Liam Fox has rejected charges that Conservative backbenchers have proposed to deprive hundreds of thousands of Irish (...)

Following his arrival in the Philippines from Sri Lanka, Pope Francis travels through Manila, where tens of thousands crowded the streets to glimpse the pontiff. Photograph: Francis Malasig/EPA 1:38

Cheering throngs greeted Pope Francis when he arrived in the deeply Catholic Philippines yesterday for the first papal visit in 20 years to a country (...)

Pope Francis arrives to attend a canonisation Mass for Joseph Vaz at Galle Face Green in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Photograph: Buddhika Weerasinghe/Getty Images

Pope Francis paid a surprise visit to a Buddhist temple yesterday, capping a trip to Sri Lanka where he told huge crowds that religions must unite to (...)

 Justin Slattery on board Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing adjusts trim in the staysail as winds build along the Iranian coastline during the third leg of the Volvo Ocean Road Race. Photo: Matt Knighton/Getty

If the Iranian Naval Patrol had any issues with us, we certainly never saw sight nor sound of them at the weekend as we departed on leg three of the V(...)

 Ben Atreu Flegel of Germany looks out to the sea at a memorial ten years after for German survivors of the 2004 tsunami, and family and loved ones of those who died, on the tenth anniversary of the  tsunami on the beach at Khao Lak, southern Thailand today. Mr Atreu Flegel was in the tsunami and lost his grandmother.  Photograph: EPA 2:00

Beachside memorials and religious services have been held across Asia to mark the 10th anniversary of the Indian Ocean tsunami that left more than a q(...)

Pope Francis leads the midnight Christmas Mass. Earlier, Francis made a phone call to some Iraqi refugees forced to flee their homes by Muslim militants.  EPA/ALESSANDRO DI MEO

Pope Francis celebrated Christmas Eve with a late-night Mass in St Peter’s Basilica and a phone call to some Iraqi refugees forced to flee their homes(...)

The Maldives has declared a state of emergency and requested aid as it faces a drinking water shortage

The Maldives declared a state of emergency after a fire at the capital’s only water sewage treatment plant has led to a shortage of drinking water.Abo(...)

Australian Phillip Hughes has died at the age of 25 after being struck by a short ball during a Sheffield Shield match between South Australia and New South Wales at the SCG 2:09

As an opening batsman, the Australian cricketer Phillip Hughes, who has died aged 25 after being struck by a ball while on 63 during a Sheffield Sh(...)