The Syrian war has killed more than 220,000 people. Of the country’s roughly 23 million people, some 12.2 million are in need of humanitarian aid, including 5 million children. Photograph: Asmaa Waguih/Reuters

The United Nations’ outgoing humanitarian chief on Thursday painted a harrowing portrait of savagery in Syria’s civil war, now in its fifth year, and (...)

Hamas militants grab Palestinians suspected of collaborating with Israel, before executing them in Gaza City on August 22nd, 2014. Amnesty International condemned the extra-judicial killings in a report issued on Wednesday,. Photograph: Reuters

The militant group Hamas used last summer’s war with Israel in the Gaza Strip to carry out extrajudicial killings of at least 23 Palestinians accused (...)

Indonesia’s hardline Islamic Defenders Front members burn a picture of Buddhist monk Ashin Wirathu, a proponent of the Buddhist extremist movement in Burma (Myanmar) known as 969 and was once jailed by Burma’s former military junta for anti-Muslim violence, during a protest in front of the Burmese Embassy in Jakarta on Wednesday. Photograph: Reuters

More than 2,500 migrants could still be stranded on boats in the Bay of Bengal and Andaman Sea, according to estimates by the United Nations, as Thai(...)

Malaysian security forces discovered a total of 139 graves, most containing several sets of remains, at 28 human trafficking camps near the Thai border. The identifies of the victims was not yet known, whether they are Rohingyas or Bangladeshis, as exhumation works had just begun. The discovery of the mass graves comes amid international outcry over the thousands of Rohingya refugees thought to be adrift in South-East Asian waters. Photograph: Fazry Ismail/EPA 1:14

Malaysian police have begun the grisly process of exhuming the bodies of migrant workers held in jungle camps by human traffickers, while many more mi(...)

Leila Dube from Galway marching with asylum seekers, refugees and supporters  on Universal Children’s Day last November, protesting about the system of direct provision. Photograph: Alan Betson

It’s the details that shock: children growing up in State-sanctioned poverty without enough toys or clothes; parents buckling under the strain of ment(...)

 United Nations secretary general   Ban Ki-moon  speaking in Dublin Castle on May 25th, 2015.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Ireland must align its climate change policies to match its record on addressing world hunger, the United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said i(...)

A candlelight vigil in Bhrikutimandap, Kathmandu,  to mark one month after the earthquake that struck Nepal on April 25th.  Photograph: Hemanta Shrestha/EPA

The international community’s response to devastating earthquakes in Nepal has been disappointing, a United Nations official said on Monday, adding th(...)

Indonesian health workers check on the condition of a Rohingya migrant, who arrived recently by boat, at a temporary shelter in Kuala Langsa, in Indonesia’s Aceh Province on Monday. Malaysia’s police chief said  that 139 graves believed to contain the remains of migrants were found near the country’s border with Thailand, and that some graves contained more than one body. Photograph: Darren Whiteside/Reuters 1:14

Malaysia has uncovered 139 graves thought to contain the remains of migrants from Myanmar and Bangladesh scattered around more than two dozen suspect(...)

United Nations secretary general Ban Ki-moon at a ceremony to receive the Tipperary International Peace Award last night, at Ballykisteen Hotel in Co Tipperary. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

United Nations secretary general Ban Ki-moon has hailed the result of Ireland’s marriage equality referendum as “truly an historic moment” for huma(...)

President Michael D Higgins says public cultural spaces are an important aspect of citizenship. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

President Michael D Higgins has appealed for recognition of the “cultural space” to facilitate true social inclusion.He said a contraction in the role(...)