Bishop of Cork and Ross John Buckley. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Refugees fleeing great hardship and violence, and coming to Europe must respect the values, law and traditions of the host countries, a Catholic bish(...)

Former Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis. File photograph: Bernd Von Jutrczenka/EPA

Ireland faces a “stark choice” at the next election between those who have imposed austerity on the Irish people and those who have an alternative vis(...)

US secretary of state John Kerry speaks at the 52nd Security Conference in Hotel Bayrischer Hof in Munich. Photograph: Andreas Gebert/EPA

US secretary of state John Kerry has said he would like to see the United Kingdom remain part of the European Union. Ahead of talks between EU leade(...)

Russian prime minister Dmitry Medvedev delivers a speech at the Munich Security Conference in Munich, Germany on Saturday.  Photograph: Dmitry Astakhov/Sputnik/Reuters

Russia is in a new Cold War with the US and its allies, prime minister Dmitry Medvedev has said. Speaking at a security conferece in Munich on Satur(...)

Mário Centeno, Portugal’s finance minister, said Lisbon had agreed to table the extra deficit-reduction measures requested by Brussels, but added that he was ‘certain they will not be needed’. Photograph: Hugo Correia/Reuters.

An agreement by Portugal’s new Socialist government to draw up “Plan B” deficit cuts to ensure its “anti-austerity” budget complies with EU rules has (...)

Smoke billows from a coking factory in Hefei, Anhui province in China. In China, burning coal was the biggest contributor to air pollution. This alone was responsible for around 366,000 Chinese deaths in 2013. Photograph: Stringer/Reuters

Air pollution kills more than 5.5 million people each year, new research has shown. Most of the deaths occur in China and India, two of the world’s f(...)

In the low late January sunshine, uniform rows of bare vines roll out towards the distant Luberon mountains. By summer this landscape will be ablaze (...)

“We are humbled that so many people entrust us with their love life. To come to work every day knowing you can effect so much positive change is just wonderful.”

The traditional scenario of "boy meets girl from the next parish, and lives happily ever after" is far less common than it used to be, and the love b(...)

A protester holds a sign reading in Czech “Stop Islam and stop Merkel”, during an anti-Islam rally in front of Prague Castle. Photograph: Filip Singer/EPA

In a secluded guesthouse beside a forest near the Czech town of Jihlava, a delicate experiment is under way. This is a temporary home for some of the(...)

The mother of a killed Ukrainian journalist (unidentified) holds a candle and a sign reading ‘’Impunity kills’ during a memorial rally to mark the 13th anniversary of Ukrainian journalist Georgy Gongadze’s murder at the Independence square in Kiev on September 16, 2013

It’s a dangerous time for journalists, according to Dunja Mijatovic, the outgoing representative on freedom of the media at the Organisation for Secur(...)