Dr Fatima Hamroush spoke at the IIEA on Libya’s decent into civil war. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Four years on, and Libya is a basket case. Four years ago this week a rising in second city Bengahazi set in train the overthrow of the brutal dictato(...)

Dr Fatima Hamroush at the Institute of International and European Affairs. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Libya’s former health minister has called for the introduction of martial law in that country and the setting up of a coalition government. Speaking (...)

 Sinn Féin spokesman on social protection, Aengus O’ Snodaigh TD at Leinster House

If they didn’t know it already the challenge facing the Coalition parties in next month’s European and local elections is illustrated in the la(...)

Visitors to Lubiri Palace, home of the Buganda kabaka, or king, in Kampala, Uganda. Photograph: Michele Sibiloni/The New York Times

Simon Kaheru takes out his smartphone to photograph his breakfast and send the image to his wife. On his plate is a reworking of the Ugandan street(...)

Candles are lit by the public at the vigil at Eyre Square in Galway city in October  to mark the first anniversary of the death of Savita Halappanavar. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Within the timeframe of the past 70 years, good journalism has never been so important. Events, conflicts, great uncertainty and a deluge of questi(...)

THE Irish Times has received 29 nominations for the National Newspapers of Ireland Awards for 2013, more than any other newspaper. The newspaper domin(...)

Smoke rises from behind a building in Jobar, Damascus. Most of the 100,000-plus killed since early 2011 have died by what could be described as more conventional means: including aerial bombardment, shelling and sniper fire. Photograph: Msallam Abd Albaset/Reuters

Almost lost in the debate over the now confirmed use of chemical weapons in Damascus last month is the fact that only a fraction of Syria’s war dead h(...)

A Free Syrian Army fighter walks through a damaged street in Aleppo’s Sheikh Saeed neighbourhood.

More than 50 doctors from across five continents, including three Nobel Prize winners, have called on the Syrian government and the armed opposition t(...)

The Irish-Egyptian Halawa siblings, from left, Ebraheem,  Fatima, Omaima and Somaia. Photograph: PA
The Cairo four

In a security facility somewhere in Cairo, four siblings from Ireland await their fate after they were detained during unrest in Cairo last weekend(...)

A Syrian refugee boy sits on the ground at the Domiz refugee camp in the northern Iraqi province of Dohuk. The number of Syrian children forced to flee their devastated homeland reached 1 million this week.  Photograph: Thaier al-Sudani/Reuters

The number of Syrian children forced to flee their war-ravaged homeland reached a million yesterday, the United Nations said, amounting to half of all(...)