Union and women’s rights activists picketed the Indonesian in the Philippines, to appeal for Jakarta to spare a Filipino mother of two scheduled to be executed by firing squad. The activists vowed to stay outside the embassy until Indonesia stops the execution of Mary Jane Veloso or a second appeal filed by her lawyers is granted. Photograph: Francis R Malasig/EPA 0:37

International condemnation of Indonesia’s plan to execute convicted drug smugglers by firing squad as early as Tuesday is increasing, with Australia (...)

Amina Mohammed, special adviser to UN secretary general Ban Ki-Moon,  in Dublin to address a gathering of Irish ambassadors at Dublin Castle on the new Sustainable Development Goals, which will replace the Millennium Development Goals. Photograph: Lensman Photography

The global economy must learn to measure a country’s success, not on GDP growth, but on the number of jobs available and the empowerment of women, acc(...)

Boys stand by a wall in the old city of Aleppo in Syria. Unicef predicts by the end of 2015, the lives of over 8.6 million children across Syria will have been torn apart by violence and forced displacement. Photograph: Jalal Al-Mamo/Reuters

The humanitarian crisis in Syria and the Middle East and the growing number of African migrants making the treacherous journey across the Mediterranea(...)

Palestinian school girls return to their houses in Beit Hanoun town in the northern Gaza Strip. Palestinian officials estimate that 100 lorry loads a day of the entire range of building supplies are needed to reconstruct Gaza. Photograph: Mohammed Salem/Reuters

Egypt opened the Rafah crossing from Sinai into Gaza on Wednesday to permit some of the 6,000 Palestinians stranded outside the coastal strip to re(...)

A Jewish resident in Ramat Shlomo, where there are plans to build 500 new apartments. Photograph: EPA/Jim Hollander

Just across the Israeli concrete separation wall from Bethlehem, construction cranes loom over the blocky stone buildings of Har Homa, one of two big (...)

Former Concern Worldwide chief executive Tom Arnold will next week take up an interim role as coordinator of the United Nations’ Sun Movement,  which  aims at reducing the number of people across the world affected by malnutrition. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times.

Former Concern Worldwide chief executive Tom Arnold will next week take up an interim role as coordinator of a United Nations initiative aimed at r(...)

Palestinians gather yesterday around the remains of a mosque in Khan Younis, in the southern Gaza Strip, that witnesses said was destroyed in an Israeli air strike before a 72-hour truce began.  Photograph: Reuters/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa

An uneasy calm returned to Gaza yesterday as the Palestinian multiparty delegation met Egyptian mediators and the Israeli team engaged with another E(...)

British Prime Minister David Cameron:  made his strongest comments yet on the crisis, saying the UN was right to condemn the shelling of schools as a “moral outrage”. Photograph: Maurizio Gambarini/EPA

Israel counted the international cost of its Gaza offensive yesterday with angry condemnation from France and a British decision to review military(...)

Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan said he had spoken over the phone to UN secretary general Ban ki-Moon about the ongoing conflict in Gaza. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan has said the United Nations secretary general and himself have agreed that security issues and an end to(...)

Pro-Russian protesters attend a rally in front of the occupied regional administration building in Slaviansk, east Ukraine yesterday. Russia continued to deny any involvement with unrest in the region, foreign minister Sergei Lavrov saying: “We don’t interfere in Ukraine’s internal affairs.” Photograph: Roman Pilipey/EPA

Pro-Russian separatists intensified their hold on key cities in eastern Ukraine yesterday, defying a deadline imposed by the Ukrainian government t(...)