COP21 family photograph of state and government leaders at the opening day of the conference at Le Bourget in Paris yesterday. Photograph: Jacky Naegelen/AFP/Getty Images

A grimy, ramshackle exhibition park in a Paris banlieue felt like the headquarters of world government yesterday when President Francois Holla(...)

Day labourers load coal into trucks at an open pit coal mine in the Bestacolla Colliery in Jharia, India. Photographer: Sanjit Das/Getty Images

What distinguishes the Paris climate summit from other such gatherings over the past 20 years is that it’s the first time virtually all of th(...)

Award for best alternative placards: Spotted at the Dublin climate march on Sunday, tweeted by Green Party councillor Ciarán Cuffe

Le Bourget is on the outskirts of Paris on the way to Charles de Gaulle airport. It’s an exhibition centre and the biggest domestic event it(...)

Police arrest a suspect after a gunman  stormed the Planned Parenthood abortion clinic in Colorado Springs on Friday and  killed three people. Photograph: Rick Wilking/Reuters

Four words attributed to the man accused of killing three people in a gun attack on a clinic in Colorado on Friday have lit a political firesto(...)

Hillary Clinton: her aide Sidney Blumenthal questioned the Tory leader’s talks on an election pact with the UUP and questioned whether he supported the February 2010 power-sharing deal in Northern Ireland. Photograph: Reuters

David Cameron was accused of “threatening recklessly to destroy a generation of work” by a close adviser to Hillary Clinton when he met union(...)

President Vladimir Putin of Russia, second from left, speaks to  US secretary of state John Kerry, right, at the UN climate change conference in Paris. Photograph: New York Times

US president Barack Obama has told crucial climate change talks in Paris the negotiations represent an act of defiance after the attacks in t(...)

 President Barack Obama (right), French president Francois Hollande and Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo pay their respect at the Bataclan concert hall,  after Obama arrived in the French capital to attend the World Climate Change Conference 2015 (COP21)on Monday. Photograph: Philippe Wojazer, pool via AP

President Barack Obama laid a single rose at a memorial for the victims of the Paris attacks on Monday shortly after arriving in the city, vi(...)

The Place de la Republique is covered in pairs of shoes  in  Paris, as part of a symbolic and peaceful rally called by the NGO Avaaz within the UN conference on climate change COP21. Photograph: Miguel Medina/AFP/Getty Images

Ireland faces fresh pressure from EU member states and the European Commission over its high level of agricultural emissions, Taoiseach Enda Ke(...)

US Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at a rally in Sarasota, Florida on Saturday: with all his bombast and incivility, Trump has joyfully debunked political correctness for the complete fraud that it is. Photograph: Scott Audette/Reuters

The intense interest in the thrill-a-minute, through-the-looking-glass 2016 US presidential race, fuelled by anger at maladjusted Washington(...)

A woman participates in a human chain to show solidarity for climate change after the cancellation of a planned climate march in Paris yesterday. Photograph: Benoit Tessier/Reuters

The COP21 United Nations conference on climate change which begins today is being presented by French media as “two weeks to save the Earth”. (...)