Mark Zuckerberg, chairman and chief executive of Facebook, and his wife Priscilla Chan The couple have said they plan to give away 99 pe rcent of their fortune in Facebook stock to a new charity the couple were creating, while announcing the birth of their first child Max

Mark Zuckerberg’s pledge to devote 99 per cent of his Facebook shares to philanthropic causes was immediately notable for its size - $45billion at the(...)

A man places a rose after lighting candles in front of portraits of the victims of the Taliban attack on the Army Public School in Peshawar. Photograph: Mohsin Raza/Reuters

Pakistan executed four men on Wednesday for involvement in the massacre of 134 children at an army-run school in the northwestern city of Peshawar la(...)

A new Ipsos/MRBI poll published on Wednesday finds that perceptions are not necessarily reality . The Perils of Perception survey highlight how wrong(...)

 A handout picture made shows Burmese president Thein Sein (L) shaking hands with Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi (R) during their meeting at the president’s office in the capital Naypyitaw on Wednesday. Photograph: EPA/Myanmar News Agency

Burma’s democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi held talks with president Thein Sein on Wednesday, the first of two key meetings as her election-winning party(...)

Abortion and the law

Sir, – Several passages in the judgment on the recent abortion case in the High Court of Northern Ireland make for extraordinary reading (“NI’s Cathol(...)

Gender quotas and politics

Sir, – Una Mullally (“Men should stop whining about gender quotas”, Opinion & Analysis, November 30th) gets a little wrapped up in comic invective(...)

Sir, – Further to Breda O’Brien’s “Making divorce easier will bring little benefit for children” (Opinion & Analysis, November 28th), I agree with(...)

Bombing Syria

Sir, – Can we take it that the increased numbers of refugees resulting from the intensified air strikes on Syria will be accommodated within those cou(...)

Fining hospitals

Sir, – The introduction of a €10,000 fine by the Minister of Health (“Hospitals face €10,000 fine over trolley rule breach”, November 30th) reminds me(...)

A sectarian schools system?

Sir, – Quite apart from the cost involved, which is itself a serious consideration, the logistical and regulatory compliance issues involved in large (...)