George Clooney smiles as he arrives  to the venue of a gala dinner ahead of his official wedding ceremony in Venice yesterday. Photograph: Reuters

The world‘s most famous bachelor, George Clooney has broken a vow to remain single and married human rights lawyer Amal Alamuddin during a weekend of (...)

Ebola is a recurring problem, yet the world seems unprepared. The response has been slow and unco-ordinated. Photograph: EPA/AHMED JALLANZO

Imagine two cities. In City A, town leaders notice that every few weeks a house catches fire. So they create a fire department – a group of profession(...)

A still image from a  video purportedly showing  David Haines being held by a masked Islamic State fighter in an unknown location. Photograph: Islamic State via Reuters TV

The family of a Scottish aid worker thought to be being held by Islamic militants in Syria has urged his captors to contact them.Islamic State (IS) e(...)

Prof Brigid Laffan, who told Daniel O’Connell Summer School: “We in Ireland have a deep love for the UN ... but it is deeply flawed in its ability to maintain peace and security in the world”

Ireland should change its position on military neutrality and replace the current Triple Lock policy with a Double Lock policy involving just Irish i(...)

Smoke fills the sky over Tripoli after fighting between rival militias. Photograph: EPA/STR

Libya lurched closer to fragmentation and civil war at the weekend after Islamist-led militias seized the airport in the capital, proclaimed their own(...)

Outgoing UN human rights commissioner Navi Pillay giving  an interview  in her office in Geneva earlier this month. Photograph: Ruben Sprich/Reuters.

Outgoing UN rights chief Navi Pillay last night rebuked the UN security council for putting short-term geopolitical concerns and narrowly-defined nati(...)

Members of the International Committee of the Red Cross stand near a storehouse after a Ukrainian convoy delivered humanitarian aid for eastern Ukrainian regions. The number of attacks on aid workers last year set an annual record, at 460. Photograph: Roman Pilpey/EPA

Attacks on international aid workers have risen sharply over the past year and a half, with spikes in the numbers of killings, injuries and abductions(...)

Demonstrators hold up banners during a rally that was held to mark the 120th day since the abduction of two hundred school girls by the Boko Haram. Photograph: Afolabi Sotunde/Reuters

Suspected Islamist Boko Haram fighters have abducted dozens of boys and men in a raid on a remote village in northeast Nigeria, loading them onto truc(...)

Displaced children from the minority Yazidi sect, fleeing the violence in the Iraqi town of Sinjar, rest after they re-enter Iraq from Syria at the border crossing in Fishkhabour yesterday. Photograph: Youssef Boudlal/Reuters

The humanitarian crisis in Iraq remains complex and highly dangerous for hundreds of thousands of people, even after the lifting of the Islamic State (...)

The WHO’s director general, Margaret Chan, said: “Countries affected to date simply don’t have the capacity to manage an outbreak on this scale on their own.” Photograph: EPA/Salvatore Di Nolfi

The World Health Organisation declared the west African Ebola outbreak an international public health emergency yesterday, demanding an “extraordinary(...)