Chinese premier Li Keqiang with his wife, Madam Cheng, and Taoiseach Enda Kenny on Garvey’s farm in Gortbrack, Co Mayo, in May last year. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

What is this controversy about? One of the great coups for the Irish beef industry last year was the reopening of the Chinese market. Irish expor(...)

It was notable that during his 2014 China trip President Michael D Higgins’s usually unconstrained championing of human rights and the underdog was mu(...)

Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney old the Cabinet his department had been contacted by the Chinese government expressing concern about a recent vote at the UNHCR. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

The Government has been warned by the Chinese authorities that a vote by Ireland at the United Nations Human Rights Council could have consequences fo(...)

The decision on Thursday last by the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva to create a database of businesses “involved in activities”(...)

United Nations secretary general Ban Ki-moon:  he marked the fifth anniversary of the Syrian conflict by calling for its end. Photograph: Don Emmert/AFP/Getty

UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon marked the fifth anniversary of the Syrian conflict, which has left 250,000 dead and displaced half the country’s 23(...)

Donald Trump speaking during a town hall event at the Tampa Convention Centre in Tampa, Florida, on Monday. “His job was basically to act as a clown to attract more voters’ attention to the GOP,” said China’s Global Times newspaper.  Photograph: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

One of China’s most popular state-owned tabloids, the Global Times, believes Donald Trump’s election campaign, with its fist fights, its “abusive raci(...)

Collaboration and empathy: Geraldine Byrne Nason, Samantha Power, Sonya Hyland, Patricia O’Brien and Barbara Jones

Samantha Power US Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power, the US ambassador to the United Nations, was born in London to Irish parents and(...)

King Salman meeting US president Barack Obama in Washington last September. File photograph: AP Photo/Evan Vucci

The atrocity in Paris on November 13th blew away some of the gloom which had settled on a number of major companies. In the first 30 minutes of trad(...)

Iranians hold aloft posters of Shia cleric Nimr al-Nimr during an anti-Saudi Arabia demonstration at the Imam Hossein square in Tehran. Photograph: EPA

The Government has said it “regrets” Saudi Arabia’s mass execution of 47 people, including a dissident Shia cleric and a man convicted of the murder o(...)

A man begs for help from the military as he stands in a drain where he had hid himself to escape a lynching by a mob at the Cibitoke district of Burundi capital, Bujumbura last May 7, 2015. Photograph: Aymeric Vincenot/AFP/Getty

Burundi is on the verge of civil war because of a campaign of political repression in which at least 400 people have been killed and almost 3,500 arre(...)