US president Barack Obama: keeping in touch with European leaders as US continues to monitor the Greek debt crisis. Photograph: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty images

The Obama administration has again warned of the potential damage to the European economy and the knock-on effect on the US economy if the Greek de(...)

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(...)

‘The US Supreme Court will decide before the end of this month whether gays and lesbians have a constitutional right to marry. If the court says yes, all state laws against equal marriage will fall. The outcome would represent another major step towards the vindication of LGBTI rights generally (and, as a trivial aside, would allow us to congratulate American friends on their judiciary having caught up with the plain people of Ireland). Supporters of same-sex marriages  outside the US Supreme Court on April 28th, 2015. Photograph:  MLADEN ANTONOV/AFP/Getty Images

The US Supreme Court will decide before the end of this month whether gays and lesbians have a constitutional right to marry. If the court says yes, a(...)

‘There is rightly much pride in the life-saving work of the LÉ Eithne and its crew.’ Above, migrants wait to  disembark from the Irish Naval ship  LÉ Eithne at the Catania harbour,  on June 16th, 2015. Photograph: AP Photo/Carmelo Imbesi

Footage of Irish naval personnel rescuing women, men and children in peril at sea has brought the crisis in the Mediterranean closer to home. There is(...)

 An explosion during a  Nato military exercise in Drawsko Pomorskie military range in  Poland. A global security report said on Wednesday that the cost of violence around the world reached a record $14.3 trillion last year. Photograph: Marcin Bielecki/EPA.

The cost of violence around the world reached a record $14.3 trillion (€12.7 trillion) in 2014, equivalent to the combined economies of Brazil, Can(...)

Italian police officers carry away a migrant  from the Italian-French border in the city of Ventimiglia. Photograph: Jean Christophe Magnenet/AFP/Getty Images

Italian police in riot gear have forcibly removed a few dozen African migrants who had been camping out for days at the country’s Mediterranean border(...)

Kenyan men work at a road construction site near Isiolo town, 320km north of Nairobi, in July 2008. The road was being built by China Wuyi, a Chinese state company, and funded by African Development Bank and the Kenyan government. Since then the scale of Chinese aid to Africa has increased dramatically. Photograph: Antony Njuguna/Reuters

Chinese aid to Africa is creating pariah states rather than just supporting them, claim the findings of a study that reviews the relationship between (...)

President Omar al-Bashir’s rapid, discreet departure from South Africa yesterday has spared the latter serious embarrassment. The government’s apparen(...)

Sudanese president Omar al-Bashir returns from South Africa to Khartoum on Monday, avoiding arrest over war crimes charges. Photograph: Marwan Al/EPA

Whatever gloss the International Criminal Court (ICC) places on Omar al-Bashir’s deft evasion of two of its arrest warrants yesterday, the bottom line(...)