Mayeli Hernandez who was forced to leave    Honduras as a 12-year-old due to increasing violence. Amnesty International governments paid lip-service to protecting civilians last year while “failing miserably”. Photograph: Alex Wong/Getty

Last year was “devastating” for human rights across the world and the United Nations did too little to protect them, according to Amnesty Internation(...)

GCHQ and the NSA allegedly obtained SIM card codes from a Dutch firm, new documents released to journalists by whistleblower Edward Snowden suggest. Photograph: Peter Foley/EPA

Britain’s electronic spying agency and the US National Security Agency stole codes from a Dutch company allowing them to eavesdrop on mobile phones, d(...)

The CIA established the Center on Climate Change and National Security in 2009, a decision that drew fierce criticism from some Republicans who viewed it as a distraction from more pressing terrorist concerns. Photograph: Getty Images

A senior US scientist has expressed concern that the intelligence services are funding climate change research to learn if new technologies could be u(...)

Loretta Lynch listens to a question during her confirmation hearing before the Senate judiciary committee. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Barack Obama’s nominee for attorney general has defended the legality of the president’s executive orders bypassing Congress to protect illegal immi(...)

Participants of a solidarity demonstration titled ‘Je suis Charlie’ place flowers outside the French Embassy in the German capital Berlin, January 7th. Photograph: EPA
Paris attack: Who did it?
  • Europe
  • January 7, 2015, 20:15

With 12 dead and three gunmen still on the loose in Paris, many questions remain about the brutal armed assault on the satirical French magazine Charl(...)

The CIA says that most UFO reports could be traced to flight logs of Lockheed U-2 and later the OXCART project. Photograph: Reuters/Hannah McRoberts

The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) has tweeted a declassified document that claims responsibility for over one half of all UFO reports made during (...)

Edward Longshore draped in an American flag stands outside the Silent Movie Theatre for a midnight screening of ‘The Interview’ in Los Angeles, California. The provocative comedy  went straight to US consumers  in an unprecedented online debut. Photograph: Jonathan Alcorn/Reuters

Sony Pictures’ comedy The Interview grossed more than $1 million in limited release at the US box office on December 25th, the studio said on Friday.T(...)

Former US president George H W Bush’s latest health scare comes two years after he was struck by illness during the 2012 holiday season when he spent seven weeks in a Houston hospital for bronchitis and related ailments. Photograph: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters

Former US president George H W Bush (90) was hospitalised in Houston, Texas, late on Tuesday after experiencing shortness of breath, a spokesman fo(...)

The Seanad has passed all stages of the Water Services Bill. 2:35

The Water Services Bill has passed all stages in the Seanad, paving the way for its signature by President Michael D Higgins and the introduction of c(...)

American plane  at Shannon: Dermot Ahern, minister  for foreign affairs from 2004 to 2008, said Ireland was one of the first countries to raise concerns with the Americans about whether Shannon was  used as a refuelling stop by CIA-leased aircraft to transfer al-Qaeda suspects and other detainees around secret prisons in eastern Europe and Asia and to Guantánamo. Photograph: James Horan/Press 22

The government received assurances directly from US president George W Bush and his national security adviser Condoleeza Rice that Shannon Airport was(...)