Syrian President Bashar al-Assad: “If we negotiate, it does not mean that we stop fighting terrorism”. Photograph: Joseph Eid/AFP/Getty Images

Bashar al-Assad has dealt a swift blow to international efforts to secure a ceasefire, deliver aid and promote a negotiated solution to the war in Sy(...)

Russia’s foreign minister Sergei Lavrov and US secretary of state John Kerry  in Munich. Photograph: Alexandra Beier/Getty Images

The Munich agreement reached early on Friday by 17 countries belonging to the Syria support group specified that immediate humanitarian access is to b(...)

David Nabarro, special adviser to UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon on the 2030 Agenda. Photograph: Eric Luke

David Nabarro’s new job comes with a daunting in-tray. Last September, heads of state and government from 193 countries approved a set of goals and ta(...)

 Junior Infants teacher Caitriona Nic Grianna running the Dina in the classroom  program with Wally the Puppet at Gael Scoil Baile Munna. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The future of three flagship anti-child poverty programmes, in some of the most deprived areas of Dublin, is in doubt. The three Area Based Childhoo(...)

Lawmakers said they wanted to make Washington’s resolve clear not just to Pyongyang, but to the United Nations and other governments

The US Senate voted unanimously on Wednesday to toughen sanctions on North Korea over its nuclear program, human rights record and cyber activities, a(...)

 People trying to  leave the besieged town of Madaya in this file photograph from last month.  Doctors Without Borders says dozens of people have died of starvation in the town since September. Photograph: AP

The residents of the besieged Syrian town of Madaya say they are again facing starvation as meagre supplies delivered last month are already running o(...)

Steam rises from the stakes of the coal-fired Jim Bridger Power Plant outside Point of the Rocks, Wyoming. The US supreme court on Tuesday delivered a major blow to President Barack Obama by blocking federal regulations to curb carbon dioxide emissions from power plants. Photograph: Jim Urquhart/Reuters

The US supreme court has delivered a major blow to President Barack Obama by putting on hold federal regulations to curb carbon dioxide emissions main(...)

Enda Kenny tried to  to pin some kind of blame on Gerry Adams who said he would recruit 3,000 gardaí and reopen 140 Garda stations. REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne

Will the last person to politicise the recent gangland murders please turn off the lights? And will the last person to use the murderous activity of g(...)

The number of homeless children in the State peaked in November last year,  the just-published end-of-year figures show. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

The number of homeless children in the State peaked in November last year, almost doubling from 865 in 401 families in January 2015, to 1,709 children(...)

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(...)