Archbishop Diarmuid Martin has responded to a new Vatican document on the reporting of claims of clerical abuse. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin has said all allegations of clerical abuse in Ireland must be reported to gardaí, responding to a new Vatican document sayi(...)

Pope Francis leading the Ash Wednesday mass in St Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican on Wednesday. Photograph: Alessandro Bianchi/Reuters.

The Catholic church is telling newly appointed bishops that it is “not necessarily” their duty to report accusations of clerical child abuse and that(...)

Undated handout images, two of the 198 decade-old photos released by the Pentagon from investigations into the abuse of detainees during the Afghanistan and Iraq wars. The photographs were a focus of a lawsuit filed in 2004 by the American Civil Liberties Union in the wake of the Abu Ghraib prison torture scandal, and some 1,800 others are still being withheld by the Pentagon. Photograph: The New York Times

Bruises, reddened marks and bandaged body parts featured in nearly 200 images of US detainee abuse that the Pentagon was forced to release on Friday, (...)

Protesters carry the coffin of Gunay Ozarslan, killed by Turkish police at an anti-terror operation, in Istanbul,  yesterday. Photograph: Sedat Suna/EPA

Today’s emergency meeting of Nato ambassadors in Brussels has focused minds on the increasingly complex geopolitical situation unfolding on the border(...)

Last year’s Allianz Football League semi-final, when Cork suffered a 17-point turnaround against Dublin. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Cork football could be forgiven a sigh. A new year starts with the steep road ahead and, as is so often the case, neighbours and age-old rival Kerry s(...)

Donal O’Grady: the 34-year-old has been reappointed Limerick captain for 2015. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

He may or may not be on the list of endangered species, but at age 34, a family man, managing his own business, Donal O’Grady must be an exception to (...)

An explosion rocks Kobani city centre yesterday during a reported suicide car bomb attack by Islamic State militants group. Photograph: Getty

US secretary of state John Kerry justified the first air drop of weapons to Kurdish forces fighting Islamic State (IS) militants in Kobani, Syria, (...)

Muslims perform a prayer today near the Turkish border with Syria for Kurdish fighters killed in Kobani while fighting against Islamic State. Photograph: Tolga Bozoglu/EPA

Islamic State fighters advanced deeper into the Syrian town of Kobani on the Turkish border today, taking almost complete control of an area where the(...)

President Obama had asked Turkey’s president Tayyip Erdogan to do more when they met  at the September Nato summit in Wales. Photograph: Umit Bektas/Reuters

There will be a special sense of urgency to talks starting in Ankara today between Gen John Allen, President Barack Obama’s special envoy for Syria, a(...)

 A frame grab from video released by the Federal Bureau of Investigation yesterday showing an alleged Islamic State militant (left) holding a gun as he claims to be inside the Syrian 17th Division Military Base just outside Al-Raqqah, Syria. Photograph: EPA

Islamic State fighters pushed into two districts of the strategically important Syrian border town of Kobani in fierce fighting late today, Kurdish of(...)