Pope Francis at the UN: ‘A selfish and boundless thirst for power and material prosperity leads both to the misuse of available natural resources and to the exclusion of the weak and disadvantaged.’ Photograph: Justin Lane/EPA

Pope Francis on Friday condemned the craving for material gain and power, telling an annual gathering of world leaders at the United Nations that gree(...)

“Thirty years (to the day) since Live Aid and its model of celebrities backing global campaigns, the approach seems alive and well.”... Photograph:  Terry Thorp

Celebrities seem super-busy backing big causes this summer: One Direction is backing Action/2015, Chris Martin and Ed Sheeran are lining up for the Gl(...)

United Nations secretary general Ban Ki-moon at a ceremony to receive the Tipperary International Peace Award last night, at Ballykisteen Hotel in Co Tipperary. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

United Nations secretary general Ban Ki-moon has hailed the result of Ireland’s marriage equality referendum as “truly an historic moment” for huma(...)

Malala Yousafzai: she was shot in the head in October 2012 when she was returning home from school with her classmates on a bus

A Pakistani court has sentenced 10 men to life in prison for their role in the 2012 shooting of Malala Yousafzai, the teenage Nobel laureate who defi(...)

Malala Yousafzai, the 17-year-old Pakistani advocate for girls’ education who was shot in the head by the Taliban in 2012. Photograph: PAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images 0:39

A Pakistani court jailed 10 men for 25 years each on Thursday for involvement in the 2012 shooting of teenage activist Malala Yousafzai, targeted f(...)

UN secretary-general Ban Ki-moon is to receive the Tipperary International Peace Award. File photograph: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images

Ban Ki-moon is to be awarded an international peace prize for his role in tackling climate change, global conflicts and natural disasters, it has been(...)

Malala Yousafzai and Kailash Satyarthi listen to speeches during the Nobel Peace Prize awards ceremony at the City Hall in Oslo today. Photograph: Suzanne Plunkett/Reuters 0:39

The Pakistani education activist Malala Yousafzai has used her Nobel peace prize acceptance speech to launch a searing attack on “strong” governments (...)

Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai speaking at the World Children’s Prize ceremony in  Sweden yesterday. Photograph: Anders Wiklund/TT News/Reuters

Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani education campaigner shot by the Taliban, has donated $50,000 (€39,711) towards the reconstruction of schools in Gaza (...)

Cora Sherlock is a solicitor and deputy chairwoman of the Pro Life Campaign. Photograph: Cora Sherlock via Twitter

Dublin solicitor and deputy chairwoman of the Pro Life Campaign Cora Sherlock has been named one of this year’s 100 Women by the BBC.The list includes(...)

Joint Nobel winner Malala Yousafzai and her mother Torpekai at a press conference in Birmingham yesterday. Photograph: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images

Reaching across gulfs of age, gender, faith, nationality and even international celebrity, the Norwegian Nobel Committee yesterday awarded the 2014(...)