Participants at the opening of the Summit of Conscience for the Climate in Paris. Photograph: Reuters/Etienne Laurent/Pool

The close of the international climate conference on December 11th could well be a cliffhanger. Newspaper editors may be tempted to prepare alternate (...)

President Michael D Higgins at the meeting of the Conseil Economique, Social et Environmental in Paris with former UN secretary general Kofi Annan. Photograph: Shane O’Neill/Fennell Photography

President Michael D Higgins took a holistic approach to climate change in his first major address on the subject, arguing that the great challenges(...)

“I’ve starred in a lot of science fiction movies and, let me tell you something, climate change is not science fiction, this is a battle in the real world, it is impacting us right now.” Photograph: Ken Ishii/Getty Images for Paramount Pictures International

Arnold Schwarzenegger has been chosen by the French government to join Nobel prizewinners, philosophers, UN secretary generals, spiritual leaders and (...)

President Michael D Higgins  meets with HE Tony de Brum, Foreign Minister, Marshall Islands and Chair of the Alliance of Small Island States. Photograph: Shane O’Neill

President Michael D Higgins arrived in Paris on Monday to attend the “Summit of Consciences for the Climate” organised by President François Hollande.(...)

ICC chief prosecutor Fatou Bensouda: has written to the Kenyan ambassador to the Netherlands stating that she is “immune” from summons by the Kenyan judges. Photograph: Cellou Binani/AFP/Getty Images

The prosecutor at the International Criminal Court (ICC) has refused to appear before the Kenyan High Court, despite being summonsed in a case aimed(...)

Sinn Féin’s ard comhairle on Sunday agreed to expel Cork county councillor Kieran McCarthy (above) and suspend Melissa Mullane, also a Cork county councillor. Photograph: Sinn Féin

Sinn Féin is refusing to outline the circumstances which led the party to expel one county councillor and suspend another for one year. The party’s a(...)

A Colombian army soldier stands next to packages of seized cocaine during a press conference at a military base in Colombia. Photograph: Luis Robayo/AFP/Getty Images

The country’s public enemy number one is rich, elusive – and ruthless

Shashi Tharoor (right) with his bride Sunanda Pushkar. According to police forensic evidence indicated that Ms Pushkar, who was Mr Tharoor’s third wife, had been poisoned. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

The wife of a former Indian federal minister and UN diplomat was murdered and did not take her own life as earlier suspected, police said in New Delhi(...)

Jeremy Lamri, chief executive of Monkey Tie, at the One Young World summit in Dublin: “We bring value to the candidate”

Interviewer: “What would you consider to be your greatest weakness?” Applicant: “Honesty.” Interviewer: “I don’t think honesty is a weakness.” Applica(...)

Bob Geldof addressing delegates at the One Young World 2014 Conference at the Convention Centre in Dublin yesterday. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Thirty years after he founded Band Aid people in poorer countries are still dying because they are poor Bob Geldof told the attendees of the One Young(...)