Beijing’s offensive against rights lawyers began on July 9th with the detention of Wang Yu, an attorney known for defending politically sensitive clients including five Chinese feminists detained earlier this year. Photograph: Kim Kyung-Hoon/Reuters

Nearly two weeks after Beijing launched one of its most comprehensive crackdowns on civil society in decades, at least six people remain missing – bel(...)

Flowers on the beach near the RIU Imperial Marhaba hotel in Sousse, Tunisia, where 38 people lost their lives after a gunman stormed the beach last month. Photograph: Steve Parsons/PA Wire.

European Union foreign ministers are to discuss the recent terror attack in Tunisia, in which 38 tourists were killed, when they meet on Monday. The (...)

Alexis Fitzgerald’s coffin outside the Church of Mary Immaculate  of Sinners in Rathmines, Dublin. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

President Michael D Higgins led the mourners at the funeral of the former Fine Gael TD, senator and lord mayor of Dublin Alexis Fitzgerald on Saturday(...)

Le Grand Salon reception room at the Irish Embassy in Paris. Photograph: Alan Betson

The Irish Embassy in Paris is worth an estimated €45 million – making it the most valuable diplomatic property abroad owned by the State. Figures re(...)

Orangemen march at the annual Orange Order parade at Rossnowlagh, Co Donegal. Photograph: Trevor McBride

  Orange Order members have been urged to respect the right of the Republic to celebrate 1916 next year, and to match it with centenary me(...)

Nigerian ambassador Dr Bolere Ketebu and South African ambassador Ahlangene Sigcay at the launch of the Irish Aid 2014 Annual report, in Iveagh House. Photograph: Alan Betson

Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan has said he is confident Ireland will move closer to meeting its target of allocating 0.7 per cent of(...)

Charlie Flanagan at the launch of the new credit-card-sized passport in January. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

About 80,000 people face delays in receiving passports each year because the application forms they hand in are incomplete, according to new figures. (...)

Senator Mark Daly, Fianna Fáil, meeting with the Halawa sisters from left; Nosayba, Fatima, Omaima and Somaia Halawa at Leinster House, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan has reiterated that the final decision to release Irish teenager Ibrahim Halawa (19), who has been detai(...)

Omaima (left), Fatima and Somaia Halawa, sisters of Irish teenager Ibrahim Halawa, campaigning for his release from prison in Egypt. File photograph: Aidan Crawley

Barristers examining the case of Ibrahim Halawa believe the release of the Irish teenager, who has been detained in Egypt for almost two years, could (...)

Irish naval ship LÉ Eithne arrives with rescued migrants at the Palermo harbor in Italy on Tuesday, June 30th, 2015. Photograph: AP/Alessandro Fucarini.

Minister for Defence Simon Coveney has said he believes it is “unlikely” that the Naval Service will extend its role beyond humanitarian assistance in(...)