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(...)

A dangerous trend is emerging in Russia: the rise  of potentially lethal moonshine, medical alcohol or even cleaning products. File photograph: Getty Images.

As the economic crisis sweeps Russia, a dangerous trend is emerging in the traditionally heavy-drinking country: the rise in consumption of potentiall(...)

The body of Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov is covered with plastic lies on Moskvoretsky bridge near St. Basil cathedral  in central Moscow. Photograph: AFP

Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko said on Saturday Russian opposition politician Boris Nemtsov was murdered because he planned to disclose evidenc(...)

United Nations secretary general Ban Ki-Moon is among those on the shortlist for the Tipperary International Peace Award. Photograph: Justin Lane/EPA

A holocaust survivor, a Burmese human rights lawyer and the United Nations secretary general are among those shortlisted for the Tipperary Internation(...)

“As the future ripens in the past,/so the past rots in the future -/a terrible festival of dead leaves.” – Anna Akhmatova History and anniversaries, (...)

Pedestrians pass a neon sign displaying the latest Russian ruble euro dollar exchange rate outside a currency exchange bureau in Moscow, Russia, on Tuesday. The rouble sank to a record, deepening Russia’s currency crisis, as people scrambled to convert their money into dollars after a surprise interest-rate increase failed to shore up investor confidence. (Photograph: Andrey Rudakov/Bloomberg)

Russia has failed to halt the collapse of the rouble, leaving president Vladimir Putin facing a full-blown currency crisis that could weaken his iron (...)

ladimir Putin at the APEC CEO Summit at the China National Convention Centre in Beijing, November 10, 2014. According to a European security group, Russia is engaging in “dangerous brinkmanship” toward Nato. Photograph: Reuters/China Daily

Russia is engaging in “dangerous brinkmanship” toward Nato and Nordic nations in its military moves with almost 40 incidents of incursions and close e(...)

A light shines during the citizens’ festival at Brandenburg Gate. Photograph: Kay Nietfeld/EPA 1:50

Tens of thousands gathered in central Berlin tonight as Germany marked the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall - an event that led to t(...)

German Chancellor Angela Merkel gives her speech today in front of a photograph depicting the opening of the inner-city border at Bernauer Strasse in 1989. Photograph: Soeren Stache/EPA

The fall of the Berlin Wall 25 years ago, heralding the end to the Cold War between East and West, showed the world “dreams can come true” and shou(...)

Former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev stands on a balcony overlooking the ‘Pariser Platz’ Square with the landmark Brandenburg Gate (background) in sight, in Berlin. Mr Gorbachev, the last leader of the Soviet Union, is one of the only dignitaries attending the weekend’s ceremonies marking the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall on 09 November 1989. Photograph: Jens Kalaene/EPS

Former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev says tensions between the major powers have put the world “on the brink of a new Cold War”.He accuses the West,(...)