Gráinne O’Hara: ‘The type of work I do is very, very compelling.’ Photograph: Aidan Crawley

The decision to seek asylum in a foreign country is almost always a last resort. Most people are keen to stay as close to home as possible, remain (...)

Ms Justice Mary Finlay Geoghegan gave the three-judge Court of Appeal’s judgment which was the dismiss the couple’s appeal. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

A Brazilian couple and their five children have lost their legal bid to prevent their deportation from the State. The man came here lawfully in 2002 o(...)

French gendarmes try to stop migrants on the Eurotunnel site in Coquelles near Calais, northern France, on Wednesday.  Photograph: AFP 1:04

The United Nations special representative for migration Peter Sutherland has accused the British media of exaggerating “beyond belief” accounts of mig(...)

US secretary of state John Kerry presents the Trafficking in Persons Report. It urged Ireland to implement its trafficking law to ensure offenders were held accountable through convictions and dissuasive sentences. Photograph: Shawn Thew/EPA

Ireland is using anti-trafficking laws to prosecute crimes unrelated to trafficking, a US state department report has found. The Trafficking in Perso(...)

Pierre Nkurunziza’s decision to seek a third term had plunged Burundi into its biggest crisis since an ethnically charged civil war ended in 2005. Photograph: Evrard Benjamin/Reuters

Burundi president Pierre Nkurunziza on Friday won a third-term in office after the opposition boycotted the vote, a victory that leaves the east Af(...)

French president François Hollande took the unusual step of referring the legislation to the constitutional council to ensure it would not be challenged as unlawful. Photograph: Philippe Wojazer/Reuters

France’s highest authority on constitutional matters has approved a controversial bill that gives the state sweeping new powers to spy on citizens. Th(...)

The minimum age for sexual relations was also raised on Thursday, from 13 to 16, after international bodies including the United Nations and the European Council pressed for a change. Photograph: Getty Images

Spain has raised the minimum age for marriage and sexual relations to 16 from 14 and 13 respectively, bringing the country into line with much of Euro(...)

Staff oversee the printing of a Burmese-language newspaper in Rangoon (Yangon).  Photograph: Adam Dean/New York Times

It is the dawn of democracy in Burma (Myanmar). If only the Burmese had their own word for it. As this former dictatorship opens to the world, languag(...)

United Nations Security Council members vote on the Iran resolution at the UN headquarters in New York. Photograph: Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images

A UN Security Council resolution endorsing Iran’s nuclear deal that passed on Monday is unacceptable, the country’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps(...)

Documenting wartime human rights violations used to be my job. Over a good few years, working for the United Nations, I witnessed the most appalling a(...)