French president Francois Hollande during a decorations awarding ceremony in Paris to personalities committed to the fight against global warming. Photograph: AFP Photo

Efforts to reach a historic global agreement on climate change entered a critical stage last night as it became clear a new text has not overcome majo(...)

People gather at the Place de la Nation in Ouagadougou on September 16th, 2015, a few hours after Burkina Faso’s interim president and prime minister were detained at the presidential palace by guards loyal to ousted leader Blaise Compaore, the speaker of parliament said.  Photograph: Ahmed Ouoba/AFP/Getty Images

Soldiers fired warning shots outside Burkina Faso’s presidential palace on Wednesday as hundreds of people gathered to protest the detention of gover(...)

In June, billionaire investor Warren Buffett  (left) described Chuck Feeney (right) as “my hero,” when presenting him with a Forbes 400 Lifetime Achievement award for pledging to give away billions during his lifetime to numerous causes in Ireland and overseas.

Irish American philanthropist Chuck Feeney’s dream of giving his entire multibillion fortune away to fund good causes is proving harder because of (...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny needed to sell his idea and failed to do so. Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill /The Irish Times

Here are 10 of the principal reasons why there was a narrow No vote in the referendum to abolish Seanad Éireann. They are not in ranking order. 1. Pow(...)

Vladimir Putin: he Russian government has unleashed a crackdown on civil society in the year since Vladimir Putin’s return to the presidency. Photograph: Reuters

The Russian government has unleashed a crackdown on civil society in the year since Vladimir Putin’s return to the presidency that is unprecede(...)

People take cover from an afternoon rain storm in downtown Harare, Zimbabwe. Photograph: Pete Muller/The New York Times

Zimbabwe’s government has withdrawn its request to the United Nations for election funding because the organisation insisted on meeting civic g(...)