German chancellor Angela Merkel has been widely named as a favourite to win the 2015 Nobel Peace Prize. Photograph: Wolfgang Rattay/Reuters

Angela Merkel, Pope Francis and a line-up of anti-nuclear campaigners are among favourites to win the 2015 Nobel Peace Prize on the eve of Friday’s(...)

Bernardino Leon, UN Special Representative and Head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), speaking at a press conference at UN’s European headquarters, in Geneva, Switzerland. Leon, on late 8th October 2015. Photograph: Martial Trezzini/EPA

Libya is a step closer to forming a national unity government after months of difficult talks between the country’s two rival administrations. The nor(...)

The UN  hopes to get commitments from more than 190 countries to keep global warming below 2 degrees. Photograph: Kadir van Lohuizen/New York Times

The Government is to lobby the EU for a lower cut in the State’s greenhouse emissions than the proposed 40 per cent target Brussels is seeking. While(...)

Afghan special forces preparing to launch a counteroffensive to retake the city of Kunduz from Taliban insurgents. Photograph: Nasir Waqif/AFP/Getty Images

From the early days of his presidency last year, President Ashraf Ghani knew he faced a national security threat in the northern Afghan province of Ku(...)

The Cliffs of Moher is one of the three landscapes hoping for Unesco status. Photograph: Alan Betson

Three unique landscapes – Waterford’s Copper Coast, the Marble Arch Caves in Fermanagh and Cavan, and the Burren Cliffs of Moher in Co Clare – could g(...)

British Home Secretary Theresa May said it is “impossible to build a cohesive society” and the UK needs to have an immigration limit. Photograph: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images

British home secretary Theresa May faced an angry backlash from business leaders, charities and political opponents as she announced a sharp tightenin(...)

Former president of the UN General Assembly John Ashe. Photograph: Mike Segar/Reuters

US authorities charged a former president of the United Nations General Assembly, a billionaire Macau real estate developer and four others on Tuesday(...)

Afghans donate blood for those injured in Kunduz fighting, in Kabul, Afghanistan. The bombing of a hospital in Kunduz killed 22 people, 12 of them Médecins Sans Frontières staff. Photograph: Hedayatullah Amid/EPA

While the US frequently calls for the transfer of high-profile fugitives into the hands of the International Criminal Court, it has been notable this (...)

Ulster’s Craig Gilroy leaves the field with concussion and a broken nose. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

At the height of the World Cup, World Rugby’s chief medical officer Martin Raftery has said that the laws of the game, particularly the tackle, may ha(...)

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald: a spokesman from her department said said no decision had been made on where  in Ireland the 2,450 refugees would be resettled. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Irish officials are expected to travel to Italy later this month to help select the first intake of almost 2,500 people due to arrive in the State un(...)