Indian prime minister Narendra Modi at the start of a crucial parliament budget session. Mr Modi is due to present his first federal budget amid growing disenchantment with his government. Photograph: Prakash Singh/AFP/Getty Images

India’s prime minister Narendra Modi faces his first major appraisal this weekend when his Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government p(...)

  A new book will raise funds for the Irish Hospice Foundation. Sons + Fathers will contain an introduction by Colm Toibín and  contributions by Bill Clinton,Gabriel Byrne, Daniel Day Lewis, Colin Farrell, Bono and all members of U2. Photograph: Eric Luke / THE IRISH TIMES

Members of U2, as well as a host of other musicians and writers are contributing to a special new Irish Hospice Foundation book celebrating the unique(...)

Dominic Ongwen, a senior Lord’s Resistance Army commander is being  handed over to the International Criminal Court to stand trial. Photograph: Reuters

A commander of the Ugandan Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) wanted for war crimes was transferred to the International Criminal Court in The Hague on Tues(...)

Further studies are planned in the US later this month and soon after volunteers will receive the vaccine in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania. Photograph: AP Photo

Johnson & Johnson has started clinical trials of its experimental Ebola vaccine, which uses a booster from Denmark’s Bavarian Nordic, making it th(...)

Analysts who follow Tullow agree that its price  undervalues its assets, namely its oil exploration and production businesses

Speculation is growing that Irish exploration group Tullow Oil could find itself in the crosshairs of one of the world’s oil majors on the back of a (...)

UCD midwifery student Martha Baker-Kenny with children at Kisiizi Hospital, Uganda.

Since 1985, the United Nations has set aside December 5th as a day to honour volunteering, from the local to the global. Research published thi(...)

Yemeni anti-terrorism activists hold a banner reading in Arabic: ‘No to armed militias, No to terrorism, No to Violence’ during a rally against the control by Shiite Houthi fighters of the country’s main cities. Photograph: Yahya Arhab/Epa

The number of lives lost to terrorist attacks increased by 61 per cent in a single year, according to the second edition of the Global Terrorism Index(...)

Nigel Farage, the leader of the United Kingdom Independence Party, says  foreign patients’ illnesses are putting pressure on the National Health Service. Photograph: Stefan Wermuth/Reuters

UK Independence Party leader Nigel Farage has defended his belief that HIV-positive immigrants should be banned from entering the United Kingdom. Dur(...)

 Dr Anne Merriman’s calling grew into helping bring palliative care to the underprivileged. Photograph: Eric Luke

Anne Merriman looks at least 20 years younger than her actual age of 79, an impression reinforced because she also speaks with the passion and intensi(...)

File photograph of asylum seekers protesting against the direct provision system in Dublin last year. Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

Some 160 asylum seekers at a direction provision centre in Waterford have begun a protest this morning against conditions at the centre and the entire(...)