High Court: Margaret McDermott, of Taylor’s Hill, Galway, said in an affidavit that a “fundamental right” granted to her in the 2003 divorce proceedings was pension entitlements should her ex-husband and his second wife both die before her. Photograph: Graham Hughes/Photocall Ireland

An 88-year-old woman is entitled to pension rights from the employment of her late ex-husband as director of an authority that awarded third-level e(...)

Thailand’s prime minister Prayuth Chan-ocha, who led a military coup in May, had  promised that a general election would take place in 2015 but his deputy today said the poll was unlikely to take place until 2016. Photograph: Paula Bronstein/Getty Images.

A Thai general election planned for next year will be delayed until 2016, a deputy prime minister said on Thursday, pushing back the promised retur(...)

A convoy of Iraqi peshmerga fighters arrive in southeastern Turkey early today ahead of their planned deployment to the Syrian town of Kobani to help fellow Kurds repel an Islamic State advance which has defied US-led air strikes. Photograph: Reuters

A convoy of Iraqi peshmerga fighters and weaponry has made its way across southeastern Turkey en route for the Syrian town of Kobani to try to help fe(...)

Thailand’s newly appointed Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha. Photograph: Chaiwat Subprasom/Reuters

Thailand’s securities and exchange commission (SEC) is planning a raft of new rules to stop stock-market manipulation, which will permit the watchdog (...)

Syrian opposition leader Ahmad Jarba looks on during a news conference  in London on Monday following a meeting by foreign ministers from the Friends of Syria group of states.  Mr Jarba has close links with Saudi Arabia. Photograph:  Suzanne Plunkett/Getty Images

The US-Russia sponsored conference on the Syrian crisis is in jeopardy due to the refusal of the Western- and Arab-backed opposition National Coalitio(...)

Catherine McGuinness: As chairwoman of the National Council of the Forum on the End of Life, McGuinness will address a conference in Dublin on Thursday, on dying and death. Photograph:Frank Miller

‘Statistically, we’re all living longer these days, but we haven’t necessarily done a great deal about it,” says former Supreme Court judge, Mrs Justi(...)

A UN chemical weapons expert (right) gathers evidence at one of the sites of an alleged poison gas attack in the southwestern Damascus suburb of Mouadamiya yesterday.  Photograph: Ahmad Alshami/Reuters

UN experts yesterday visited the besieged western Damascus suburb of Mouadamiya, allegedly targeted with chemical weapons last week, and began taking (...)

Yara Abbas, a well-known Syrian state television reporter, was killed yesterday near the Lebanese-Syrian border. Other members of her crew were wounded by rebel sniper fire. Photograph: Reuters

The expatriate opposition Syrian National Coalition yesterday failed to agree on a restructure and expansion of its governing body which it needed to (...)