Becky Gray (10), Zheng-Jun Wang (9), Lizzie Cunningham (9), Charlie Lonergan (11) and Molly Garvey (9) from Holycross National School, Dundrum after giving their views on Monday Nights Leaders Debate. Photograph: Enda O'Dowd / The Irish Times

It is old news that 96 per cent of taxpayer-funded primary schools in Ireland are permitted by law to turn away a child on the basis of religion. Stor(...)

Chinese president Xi Jinping: has launched a major crackdown on official corruption Photograph:  Noel Celis/Pool Photo via AP

China’s anti-corruption campaign spread its net ever wider with the naming and shaming of eight university officials for buying “fancy cars” and attem(...)

French secondary school teachers take part in a demonstration against  curriculum reforms in Paris. Photograph: Yoan Valat

Tens of thousands of French teachers marched in Paris, Lille, Lyon, Marseille, Rennes, Strasbourg and Toulouse on Tuesday, demanding a repeal of the r(...)

This view from Puerto Varas. Authorities ordered an evacuation for a 10-kilometer (six-mile) radius around the volcano, which is the second in southern Chile to have a substantial eruption since March 3rd, when the Villarrica volcano emitted a brief but fiery burst of ash and lava. Photograph: David Cortes/AFP/Getty Images

Chile’s Calbuco volcano has erupted for the first time in more than 42 years, billowing a huge ash cloud over a sparsely-populated mountainous area.Au(...)

Japan’s prime minister Shinzo Abe is photographed today. China has accused Japan of trying to re-arm after it emerged the US has been seeking  the return of 300kg of weapon’s grade plutonium. Photograph: Franck Robichon/Pool/Reuters.

China has said it is “extremely concerned” by a report that Japan has resisted returning more than 300 kg of mostly weapons-grade plutonium to(...)

The allocation of funds to Joan Burton’s department remains undecided in the wake of these meetings between the two Labour colleagues, but Ms Burton has set her face against a fresh drive for the full €440 million adjustment.

Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton is coming under renewed pressure to extract €440 million from the welfare budget next year as the Governmen(...)