Japan’s crown prince Naruhito with his wife, crown princess Masako, and daughter Princess Aiko:  he said last week it was important to “look back humbly on the past” and “correctly” pass on the tragic experiences of history. Photograph: Imperial Household Agency of Japan/Reuters

Japan’s emperor famously renounced his divine status after the second World War, making him essentially a ceremonial figure. Yet, for many Japanese th(...)

Sophie Magennis, UNHCR Ireland’s head of office, called for the length of time asylum seekers spend awaiting decisions on their asylum applications to be reduced, in order to limit the negative effects highlighted in the ‘Towards a New Beginning’ report. Photograph: Eric Luke

The length of time asylum seekers spend in State-funded accommodation is leading to dependency and disempowerment among some of those seeking protect(...)

Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu at the  American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) policy conference yesterday. Mr Netanyahu is to address  Congress today. Photograph: Getty Images

Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu will address a joint session of Congress today in one of the most politically divisive speeches by a foreign(...)

Indian Nobel Peace Prize laureate Rajendra Pachauri, who resigned this week as chairman of the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change after being accused of accused of sexually harassing a female employee at his Delhi-based think tank. Photograph: Martial Trezzini/EPA

Rahul Bedi, in New DelhiThe former head of the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has been barred by a New Delhi court from leaving India,(...)

 Mayeli Hernandez who was forced to leave    Honduras as a 12-year-old due to increasing violence. Amnesty International governments paid lip-service to protecting civilians last year while “failing miserably”. Photograph: Alex Wong/Getty

Last year was “devastating” for human rights across the world and the United Nations did too little to protect them, according to Amnesty Internation(...)

Cuvier’s beaked whale. Photograph: Cetacean Research & Rescue Unit

Irish and British marine scientists are seriously concerned about a spike in strandings of the protected deepwater Cuvier’s beaked whale along the wes(...)

A Palestinian girl  carries her sister during a protest in the southern Gaza Strip calling for reconstruction of houses. Some 150,000 Gazans remain homeless. Photograph: Ibraheem Abu Mustafa/Reuters

The Palestine Liberation Organisation has called a meeting for early next month to discuss the future of the cash-strapped Palestinian government and(...)

About 12,000 children have been recruited into armed groups since the outbreak of war in South Sudan, according to Unicef. Photograph: Charles Lomodong/AFP/Getty Images

Gunmen in war-ravaged South Sudan have abducted at least 89 boys, some as young as 13, from their school in the oil-rich Upper Nile State, the United (...)

 Dr Rhona Mahony, master of the  National Maternity Hospital:  said it  galled  her that the HSE had paid millions of euro to families after birth injuries in maternity hospitals, but had failed to invest in enough midwives and obstetricians to provide safe maternity services. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Discussions on a new national plan for women’s rights will begin next week, Minister for Equality Aodhán Ó Ríordáin has said. He said the National Wom(...)

Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan stands under pictures of Jews killed in the Holocaust during his visit to the Hall of Names at Yad Vashem’s Holocaust History Museum in Jerusalem last Wednesday. Photograph: Ronen Zvulun/Reuters.

Charlie Flanagan paid his first visit to the Middle East as Minister for Foreign Affairs this week when he visited Israel, Gaza and the West Bank. On (...)