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(...)

‘Ireland’s failure to adequately challenge or respond to violence against women has come into serious national and international focus.’ Photograph: Getty Images

UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon has said “Violence against women takes a devastating toll on women’s lives, on their families and on society as a who(...)

“If guaranteed independence is good enough for advice on the fiscal budget why not for climate policy?”

Opposition TDs are seeking to have four State-backed agencies removed from a new expert group on climate change in a bid to preserve its independenc(...)

Fawzieh Amiri with her daughters Dema and Kajal. They are all members of the Kurdish community in Carrick on Shannon, Co Leitrim. Photograph:  Brian Farrell

The Kurdish community knew they belonged when the shops in Carrick on Shannon closed their doors and local people lined the streets after the death of(...)

Palestinians take cover as warning Israeli air strikes are fired at a nearby building in Gaza City yesterday. Photograph: Reuters/Finbarr O’Reilly

American and major European airlines last night cancelled all flights to and from Israel for at least 24 hours after shrapnel from a rocket fired fro(...)

A member of the Free Syrian Army holds a blanket near an area that was damaged after it came under fire by a Syrian Air Force fighter jet loyal to Syria's president Bashar al-Assad, in Kefr Hamra area, north of Aleppo. Photograph: Giath Taha/Reuters

Disagreements over whether the EU should lift its arms embargo to empower Syrian opposition forces dominated a meeting of Eu ropean foreign min(...)