Studying geography: around 58 million children of primary school age are still without schooling, an event in Dublin, organised by the Irish Coalition for the Global Campaign for Education, was told

Education has suffered disproportionately from recent cuts in international development aid, a conference in Dublin has heard, with 58 million childre(...)

A student volunteer in a Captain America costume sweeps the ground during a campaign to clean the streets to mark Earth Day 2015, in Guangzhou, Guangdong province, China. Photograph: Stringer/Reuters

On Wednesday, as Ireland basked in temperatures hovering at about 20 degrees celcius in a very early spell of warm weather, many of us probably entert(...)

The Atlantic coast of the US photographed at night from the International Space Station. Photograph: Nasa/Barcroft Media via Getty Images

What do surgical instruments, high-speed computer communications, low-energy Christmas tree lights, pollution measurements and improved education i(...)

The same kind of satellite technology used to pinpoint rushes on land put forward for farm payment grants, is to be employed in the investigation into illegal gorse fires which threatened the Killarney National Park (above) recently.

The same kind of satellite technology used to pinpoint rushes on land put forward for farm payment grants, is to be employed in the investigation into(...)

Gao Yu, the Chinese journalist  accused of leaking an internal Communist Party document to foreigners, has been jailed for seven years. Photograph: Kin Cheung/AP

A Chinese court has jailed the 71-year-old journalist Gao Yu for seven years after she was found guilty of leaking an internal Communist Party docu(...)

St Vladimir’s Russian orthodox cathedral overlooking ancient ruins at Chersonesus, Crimea, which was founded by Greek settlers 2,500 years ago. Photograph: Daniel McLaughlin

For the ancient Greeks, the territory of modern-day Russia and Ukraine was a fearful place inhabited by savage barbarians and mythical monsters.Desir(...)

Derbent fortress in Dagestan, southern Russia. It was originally built by Persian rulers in the sixth Century. Photograph: Daniel McLaughlin

Russia is famed for leaving the curious with more questions than answers, and the country’s most ancient city is among its most intriguing riddles.(...)

Crac des Chevaliers, an 11th century crusader castle in Syria which has been reclaimed by the country’s department of antiquities, having been seized by insurgents in 2012. Photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Syria’s department of antiquities has reclaimed the vast 11th- century crusader castle Crac des Chevaliers from the army and taken charge of the si(...)

A cameraman films a forest fire in Chile. Thousands have been evacuated and a state of catastrophe has been declared along Chile’s coast due to the rapidly-spreading fire. Photograph: Felipe Trueba/EPA

Thousands of people have been evacuated as a serious forest fire spread quickly on Chile’s coast and threatened to reach the nearby port cities of Val(...)

Islamic State militants take sledgehammers to an ancient artifact in the Ninevah Museum in Mosul, Iraq. Photograph: Getty 1:36

Two weeks ago, the Islamic State movement released a video that appeared to show members demolishing statues dating back to the 7th century BC in Iraq(...)