Refugees rush to cross the border between Greece and Macedonia  outside the small Greek town of Idomeni on Wednesday, August 26th. Photograph: Sergey Ponomarev/The New York Times

Tens of thousands of migrants and refugees, mostly fleeing unrest in the Middle East and Afghanistan, are desperately pushing their way through the Ba(...)

Joanne O’Riordan (19) from Millstreet, Co Cork, with President Michael D Higgins during a visit to Áras an Uachtarain in 2014.  File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Teenager Joanne O’Riordan has been awarded the prestigious Junior Chamber International (JCI) Outstanding Young Person of the Year award. Ms O’Riorda(...)

South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir (right) is congratulated by Kenya’s president Uhuru Kenyatta and Ethiopia’s prime minister Hailemariam Desalegn after signing a peace agreement in South Sudan’s capital, Juba, on Wednesday. Photograph: Jok Solomun/Reuters

South Sudan’s president has signed a peace deal to end a 20-month conflict with rebels, but he told regional African leaders at the ceremony he still(...)

UN secretary general Ban Ki-Moon, French foreign minister Laurent Fabius and Peruvian environment minister Manuel Pulgar Vidal in Paris yesterday. Photograph: Miguel Medina/AFP/Getty

Officials responsible for the COP 21 United Nations conference on climate change are attempting to inject a new sense of urgency into negotiations, in(...)

 Migrants rest in a park next to the main railway and bus station in the centre of Belgrade in Serbia on Tuesday.  The number of migrants crossing through Balkan countries on their way northward is expected to reach 3,000 daily, says Melissa Fleming, a spokeswoman for the UN refugee agency. Photograph: Koca Sulejmanovic/EPA.

Three thousand migrants a day will pour into the Balkans trying to reach western Europe in the next few months, the United Nations has forecast. (...)

There is a point at which we become almost inured to the latest excesses of Islamic State (IS). After civilian massacres, beheadings, rapes and enslav(...)

South Sudanese SPLA soldiers stand near a burned out hut in Pageri Eastern Equatoria earlier this week.  Photograph: AFP

South Sudanese soldiers raped children, burned people alive in their homes and hunted others for days in swamps in an increasingly brutal war the gove(...)

The temple of Baal Shamin in the historical city of Palmyra, which was destroyed by Islamic State.  Photograph: Reuters/Stringer 0:43

Islamic State militants have razed a fifth-5th century Roman Catholic monastery and blown up one of the best-preserved first-1st century temples in Pa(...)

A little girl cries as she tries to take shelter from the rain on Greece’s border with Macedonia, as she waits with her family to enter Gevgelija on Saturday. Photograph: Reuters

Thousands of rain-soaked migrants stormed across Macedonia’s border on Saturday as police lobbed stun grenades and beat them with batons, struggling (...)

South Korean soldiers ride on an armored vehicle along a road in the border county of Yeoncheon on Saturday afternoon. Top aides to the leaders of North and South Korea will meet at the Panmunjom truce village straddling their border on Saturday, the South said, raising hopes for an end to a standoff that put the two sides on the brink of armed conflict. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Top aides to the leaders of North and South Korea will meet at the Panmunjom truce village straddling their border on Saturday, the South said, raisi(...)