Oscar and Arthur Kenevey, of Clarehall, Dublin, at the bandstand in St Stephens Green, Dublin for the People’s Climate Picnic today as world leaders including Taoiseach Enda Kenny prepare to meet in New York next week for a UN crisis summit on climate change. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

More than 600 people attended the People’s Climate Picnic in St Stephen’s Green today. It was the main event held in Ireland to mark a global protest (...)

 Turkish police use tear gas and water cannon today to disperse Kurdish protesters trying to cross the Turkey-Syria border at Suruc District, Sanliurfa city, to support Syrian Kurdish fighters (PYD) against Islamic State militants.  Photograph: Ulas Yunus Tosun/EPA

President Tayyip Erdogan has claimed no ransom was paid for the release of Turkish hostages held by Islamic State in Iraq and said it was the resu(...)

US Secretary of State John Kerry testifies before the House Foreign Affairs Committee on “The ISIS Threat: Weighing the Obama Administration’s Response,” on Capitol Hill this week. Photograph: Allison Shelley/Getty Images

US Secretary of State John Kerry has said Iran has a role to play in a global coalition to tackle Islamic State militants who have seized swaths of Ir(...)

Prof Brigid Laffan, who told Daniel O’Connell Summer School: “We in Ireland have a deep love for the UN ... but it is deeply flawed in its ability to maintain peace and security in the world”

Ireland should change its position on military neutrality and replace the current Triple Lock policy with a Double Lock policy involving just Irish i(...)

The US trade embargo has been in place since Fidel Castro overthrew a pro-US regime in the early 1960s. Photograph: Keystone/Getty Images.

Irish people trying to use an Irish bank to transfer money to people living in Cuba are being blocked from doing so as a result of a United States em(...)

A sinking Vietnamese boat that was allegedly rammed by Chinese vessels near disputed Paracel Islands, near a marine guard ship, at Ly Son island, Quang Ngai province, on May 29th. The incident occurred on May 26th, when 40 Chinese fishing boats surrounded a group of Vietnamese vessels that were operating near the Paracel islands. Photograph: Bich Tram/EPA

A largely unpopulated archipelago administered by China but claimed by Vietnam, the Paracel Islands have become the flashpoint in an increasingly agg(...)

Armed pro-Russian militants stand guard at a checkpoint near Slaviansk, Ukraine yesterday. Photograph: Roman Pilipey/EPA

Human rights violations have escalated in eastern Ukraine and serious problems are emerging in Crimea, United Nations monitors said in a report releas(...)

 Pro-Russian protesters attend a rally in downtown Donetsk, Ukraine today. Photograph: Roman Pilipey/EPA

Russia said today it had “no intention“ of invading eastern Ukraine, responding to Western warnings over a military buildup on the border follo(...)

Ousted Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich calls for referendum. Photograph: Maxim Shemetov/Reuters

Ukraine’s deposed president Viktor Yanukovich has called today for each of the country’s regions to hold a referendum on its status “within Ukr(...)

Tribal.vc recently signed a lease with Nama to take over a five-storey building on Dublin’s South William Street. Photograph: Tribal.vc

Irish venture capital fund Tribal.vc has opened a new co-location hub for high- growth start-ups, on Dublin’s South William St(...)