Royal Ulster Constabulary police officers and firefighters inspecting the damage caused by a bomb explosion in Market Street, Omagh, Co Tyrone. The Government has promised to help relatives of those killed and injured in the 1998 bomb to pursue every avenue to get to the truth and ensure perpetrators are brought to justice.  Photograph:  Paul Mcerlane/PA Wire.

The Government has promised to help relatives of those killed and injured in the 1998 Omagh bomb to pursue every avenue to get to the truth and ensure(...)

Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe: accused of not understanding Europe’s refugee crisis. Photograph: Yoshikazu Tsuno/AFP/Getty Images.

Japan’s prime minister Shinzo Abe finally answered critics of his government’s asylum policies this week with a short blast of realpolitik: Japan must(...)

Pupils of Mount Temple Take part in red tshirt day. Photograph: Stephen McCullagh

An initiative started by a Dublin man in response to the image of a three-year-old drowned refugee is being replicated around the world. Bernard Dunl(...)

Ali al-Nimr’s father has appealed to the king for mercy after he lost his last high court appeal.  Photograph: Facebook

International indignation is spreading over the apparently imminent beheading of a Saudi who has been imprisoned since participating in anti-governmen(...)

A woman prays in La Merced church in Havana, Cuba, on Thursday. Photograph: Carl Court/Getty Images

The Vatican said on Thursday it hoped Pope Francis’s trip to Cuba would help bring an end to a 53-year-old US embargo and lead to more freedom and hum(...)

Syrian refugees walk along the Istanbul-Edirne highway in an attempt to cross the Turkish-Greek border in Edirne, a city in the west of Turkey. Photograph: Cem Turkel/EPA

Aid agencies have criticised European ministers for failing to reach an agreement on a relocation scheme for refugees, calling on the EU to replace sm(...)

Coffins are draped in the Kurdish flag during the funerals of people killed during clashes between Turkish forces and PKK militants, in Cizre, Turkey. Photograph: Llyas Akengin/AFP/Getty Images

A second curfew in as many days on the besieged Turkish city of Cizre was announced last night following a 36-hour cessation that allowed supplies ent(...)

People taking part in the rally organised by United Against Racism, calling on the government to take in more refugees, on O’Connell Street, Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times 2:51

The image of drowned three-year-old Aylan Kurdi, by now an indelible symbol of the refugee crisis in Europe, was once again invoked as thousands turne(...)

Police officers attempt to negotiate with people taking part in a protest to block the arrival of military vehicles to the upcoming arms fair at the ExCel centre in east London. Photograph: LEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images

More than 30,000 visitors are expected next week at the biannual arms fair organised by Defence and Security Equipment International (DSEI) at the ExC(...)

Refugees walk towards  a ferry at the port in Mytilini on September 9th, 2015 in Lesbos, Greece. Photograph:  Eric Thayer/Getty Images

Last Sunday, on a mountain road on the Greek island of Lesbos, we saw hundreds of people walking in the heat – groups of men, young couples, families (...)