Protesters march to show their opposition against what they called ‘Hate Bill 2,’ which they urged lawmakers to repeal as legislators convened for a short session in Raleigh, North Carolina on Monday. Photograph: Marti Maguire/Reuters

Supporters and opponents of a new North Carolina transgender law have been holding competing rallies on the first day of the state’s legislative sessi(...)

Founder of the charity Chernobyl Children International Irishwoman Adi Roche will address the United Nations General Assembly later this month at an event to mark the 30th anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster.

Founder of the charity Chernobyl Children International Irishwoman Adi Roche will address the United Nations General Assembly later this month at an e(...)

Masked Palestinian Hamas militants watch the televised speech of US President Barack Obama in Rafah, southern Gaza Strip in 2009. AP Photo/Eyad Baba

The horrendous last five years in the Middle East started with joy at the fall of dictators in Tunis and Cairo. Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali’s flight to (...)

Former New Zealand prime minister, Helen Clark looking on during a forum of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) at the OECD headquarter in Paris, France. Ms Clark, the current administrator of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), will run for the position of UN secretary-general in the 2016 election. Photograph: Caroline Blumberg/EPA

Former New Zealand prime minister Helen Clark will run for secretary-general of the United Nations, the world’s top diplomatic post. Ms Clark, (66), (...)

Donald Trump speaks during the American Israeli Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) policy conference in Washington,DC on March 21st, 2016. Photograph: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump has confronted doubts about the depth of his knowledge of world affairs, delivering a sober speech t(...)

Boutros Boutros-Ghali: determined to subdue aggression and pursue peace after the fall of Soviet communism and the relaxation of east-west tensions. Photograph: Reuters

Boutros Boutros-Ghali, who as died aged 93, led the United Nations during a period that began with high hopes as the cold war ended but failed to cope(...)

Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan “We recognise the challenge and complexity of the task ahead.” Photograph: Matt Mackey/PA Wire

Ireland has been selected to co-chair a major United Nations summit of world leaders on refugees and migration later this year. The summit of 193 h(...)

Sustainable Development Goals: Getting 193 countries to sign off on   2030 Agenda was widely considered a major achievement for the UN while also strengthening Ireland’s reputation as a serious player on international development stage

In the end, everything hinged on a single letter. After almost a year of talks, months of redrafting, an all-night negotiating session and the largest(...)

Rev Terence McCaughey (left) pictured in Rathfarnham in 2001 with Prof Kader Asmal, South Africa’s former Minister for Education. Photograph: File photo/The Irish Times

Rev Terence McCaughey (83), a leading member of the Dublin and Munster Presbytery of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland has died. Prominent in acade(...)

Chinese president Xi Jinping inspects a guard of honour  in Pretoria, where he announced a $60bn package for Africa. Photograph: EPA/Karel Prinsloo/Pool Chinese president Xi Jinping inspects a guard of honour in Pretoria, where he announced a $60bn package for Africa. Photograph: EPA/Karel Prinsloo/Pool

Western hegemony of African economies looks set to be further reduced in the decades ahead following a weekend announcement that China will assist the(...)