‘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(...)

 Dave Power, Mount merrion and Paul Byrne, Swords wait for the official results, in the court yard of Dublin Castle on Saturday. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times 3:18

Work will begin this week to give effect to the referendum decision to amend the Constitution with the first same-sex marriages likely to take place a(...)

The Motherland monument decorated with a symbolic wreath of red poppies at the Ukrainian State Museum of the Great Patriotic War in Kiev, Ukraine, yesterday. Photograph: Gleb Garanich/Reuters

Ukraine has condemned Kremlin support for the country’s separatists and urged the world not to appease Moscow, as events to mark the end of the secon(...)

Former UN Envoy to Yemen, Jamal Benomar, speaking to reporters during a news conference in Sana’a, Yemen.  The Moroccan diplomat had expressed an interest in moving on to another assignment after four years of work on Yemen, the UN said. Photograph: Wadia Mohammed/EPA

The United Nations envoy to Yemen, Jamal Benomar, resigned on Wednesday, according his official Facebook page, signalling the failure of UN efforts to(...)

Palestinians protest outside the Palestinian Liberation Organisation headquarters in Ramallah, the West Bank, during a rally  in solidarity with  Palestinians living in Syria’s besieged Yarmouk camp. Photograph: Abbas Momani/AFP/Getty Images

Relief officials at the UN have expressed growing alarm about the deepening humanitarian disaster in Syria’s Yarmouk Palestinian refugee camp, which (...)

An undated picture released by Copenghagen police shows the man suspected of killing two people in shootings in Copenhagen. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

The suspected gunman behind double shootings in Copenhagen was identified as a 22-year-old with a history of violent crime who had only been freed fro(...)

Al Jazeera journalist Mohamed Fahmy stands behind bars at a court in Cairo in a May  2014 file photo. Mr Fahmy is  expected to be deported to Canada within days. Photograph: Reuters

Al-Jazeera journalist Peter Greste said yesterday it was a great relief to be freed from prison in Egypt, but that he felt “incredible angst” about le(...)

Late-night wrangling between UN members in Lima secured agreement between developing and rich nations on a framework  to cut pollution. Photograph: John Giles/PA Wire

After a marathon round of negotiations in Lima, sleepless delegates from all over the world have produced a road map that should lead to a historic in(...)

Let us be absolutely clear: scientists are in no doubt that climate change is happening, that it’s being caused by the build-up of heat-trapping gases(...)

Christiana Figueres   of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change: Bonn   “will give governments the important opportunity to further develop a cohesive text” for  a deal. Photograph: Henning Kaiser /AFP/Getty Images

Delegates from all parts of the world have gathered in Bonn for the last round of negotiations on a new climate agreement prior to this year’s UN c(...)