UN secretary general Ban Ki-Moon, French foreign minister Laurent Fabius and Peruvian environment minister Manuel Pulgar Vidal in Paris yesterday. Photograph: Miguel Medina/AFP/Getty

Officials responsible for the COP 21 United Nations conference on climate change are attempting to inject a new sense of urgency into negotiations, in(...)

People mark the 70th anniversary of the US attack at the Atomic Bomb Dome at the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, Japan. Photograph: Getty Images 1:54

Seventy years on and more than 10,000 miles away, a group of atomic bomb survivors from Hiroshima and Nagasaki are campaigning for a nuclear-free worl(...)

 Lisa Bruton from Malahide attends to her horse ahead of the Discover Ireland Dublin Horse Show in the RDS in Dublin.   Photo: Sam Boal/Rollingnews.ie

That hardy summer annual, the Dublin Horse Show, gets under way on Wednesday morning at the RDS. Now in its 142nd year, this fixture of the Irish sum(...)

 UFC bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey accepts the best female athlete award at the 2015 ESPYS  in Los Angeles, California. Photograph: Kevin Winter/Getty Images

At the ESPYs (America’s rather lame attempt at a sporting Oscars) earlier this month, Ronda Rousey collected the “Fighter of the Year” gong and the(...)

Sinéad Diver from Belmullet, Co Mayo, has just been confirmed on the Australian team for the IAAF world contest in Beijing.

A Mayo woman, who took up competitive running accidentally just four years ago, has been selected to represent Australia in this year’s athletics worl(...)

Riot policemen fire tear gas against residents of the Complexo Alemao during protests calling attention to the violence that erupts during police operations against suspected drug traffickers in the Rio de Janeiro slum in early April.  The slum has once again experienced violent clashes with police following the death of  Eduardo de Jesus Ferreira (10). Photograph: Rafael Fabres/AFP/Getty Images

Residents in one of Brazil’s biggest slums demonstrated over the fatal shooting of a young boy in the area, allegedly at the hands of police.Some prot(...)

Gendarmerie and French mountain rescue teams arrive near the site of the Germanwings plane crash in the French Alps. Photograph: by Patrick Aventurier/Getty Images

July 17th, 2014: Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 crashes near Grabove in eastern Ukraine. The 298 people on board were killed on the flight from Amsterd(...)

Protesters in cities across Brazil held marches to pressure Rousseff over unpopular budget cuts and a corruption scandal that has snared leaders of her political coalition. Photograph: Paulo Whitaker/Reuters

Hundreds of thousands of Brazilians have marched peacefully in more than 50 cities to demand President Dilma Rousseff’s impeachment and to criticise g(...)

Shauna O’Neill, who was previously awarded a Clipper round world race bursary and now works for the Children in Crossfire charity. File photograph: Clipper Round the World Yacht Race

Organisers of the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race have appealed to young people in Derry or Strabane who are over 18 and currently out of work to a(...)

Annalise Murphy:  may face the prospect of a trial even though she won a Laser Radial nation place at last year’s ISAF World Cup in Spain. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Irish sailing will get its first Olympic trial of the 2016 quadrennial this summer as places for Aquece Rio, the second of two Rio 2016 test events(...)