Ukrainians light candles at the memorial for ‘liquidators’ who died during cleaning up works after the Chernobyl nuclear power plant disaster, during a ceremony in Slavutich city, some 190km north of the capital Kiev on Tuesday. Photograph: Sergey Dolzhenko/EPA

Ukraine held memorial services on Tuesday to mark the 30th anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, which permanently poisoned swathes of easte(...)

California governor Jerry Brown, first lady Michelle Obama and former US president George W Bush, right at Nancy Reagan’s funeral in California. Photograph: Chris Carlson/AP Photo

US first lady Michelle Obama and representatives from nine former presidential families led a bipartisan gathering of politicians and celebrities in p(...)

‘A recent Belfast opinion poll suggested a majority in favour of Mike Nesbitt’s action in pulling his Ulster Unionist party minister out of the Stormont executive. That was a clear illustration of widespread exasperation at the performance of the political classes.’ Above,   Mike Nesbitt (right) after speaking to the media at Stormont in Belfast on Monday,  September 14th. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

Few things are certain about the peace process, but one thing seems sure enough in the latest crisis: that the Assembly which now requires yet another(...)

‘When it comes to the marine, we’ve a pretty good record of selling off the family silver, or even giving it away.’ Above, John Fitzgerald takes Lorna Siggins on a seaweed foraging tour. Photograph: Valerie O’Sullivan

There can be few more pleasurable ways to acquire a spot of Latin than wading through cool, clear Atlantic waves off a southwest Kerry beach. I(...)

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 (...)