Migrants wait to cross the Greek-Macedonia border near the village of Idomeni, in northern Greece. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Ireland must prepare to receive more than double the number of migrants and refugees originally stated by European ministers, according to President M(...)

Abdullah Kurdi, father of three-year old Aylan Kurdi, leaving a morgue in Mugla, Turkey, on Thursday. Photograph: Murad Sezer/Reuters 2:30

The distraught father of two Syrian toddlers who drowned with their mother and several other migrants as they tried to reach Greece identified their b(...)

A young migrant girl holds up a handmade sign outside Keleti train station in Budapest, Hungary, September 3rd. REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger

Minister for Defence Simon Coveney has said that Ireland’s response to the current refugee crisis in Europe is, and has been, a generous one. There is(...)

 Migrants, mostly from Syria, prepare for registration at a facility of the German Federal Police (Bundespolizei) on September 1st,  in Deggendorf, Germany. Photograph: Sean Gallup/Getty Images

The war in Syria is in its fifth year and shows no sign of ending. The downstream consequence of this are being seen on the shores of EU, and this wee(...)

Palestinians working  on a  building  destroyed during the conflict  in the summer of last year in Gaza. Photograph:  Mohammed Abed/AFP/Getty Images

Without urgent remedial action, Gaza may become uninhabitable by 2020 as a result of Israel’s military operations and siege and blockade, the United N(...)

A survey has found that the vast majority of Irish people believe the State should continue to invest in overseas aid in the developing world, even during a recession.  Photograph: Paul Thomas/Bloomberg

The vast majority of Irish people believe the State should continue to invest in overseas aid in the developing world, even during an economic downtur(...)

A logging site at Nesset, Mau Forest, Kenya. Humans are clearing  a net 10 billion trees a year from the surface of the Earth.

The Earth fairly bristles with trees, with new research showing it has an estimated 3.04 trillion of them. Although this is almost 10 times more than(...)

The situation in Gaza has been exacerbated by three Israeli military operations in the past six years and nearly a decade-long economic blockade.  Photograph: Tomas Munita/The New York Times

The Gaza Strip, ravaged by wars and nearly a decade of a gruelling Israeli blockade, could become uninhabitable for residents within just five years, (...)

Islamic State militants targeted the Temple of Bel, a Roman-era structure in the central desert city of Palmyra. Photograph: Sandra Auger/Reuters

After a day of conflicting reports about the extent of damage that Islamic State militants had inflicted on the Temple of Bel in the ancient city of P(...)

 North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un. Photograph: AFP

With so much focus on China’s economic travails, there has been little space for much else in the world’s attention, even as one of the world’s most u(...)