President Vladimir Putin of Russia, second from left, speaks to  US secretary of state John Kerry, right, at the UN climate change conference in Paris. Photograph: New York Times

US president Barack Obama has told crucial climate change talks in Paris the negotiations represent an act of defiance after the attacks in t(...)

 President Barack Obama (right), French president Francois Hollande and Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo pay their respect at the Bataclan concert hall,  after Obama arrived in the French capital to attend the World Climate Change Conference 2015 (COP21)on Monday. Photograph: Philippe Wojazer, pool via AP

President Barack Obama laid a single rose at a memorial for the victims of the Paris attacks on Monday shortly after arriving in the city, vi(...)

The Place de la Republique is covered in pairs of shoes  in  Paris, as part of a symbolic and peaceful rally called by the NGO Avaaz within the UN conference on climate change COP21. Photograph: Miguel Medina/AFP/Getty Images

Ireland faces fresh pressure from EU member states and the European Commission over its high level of agricultural emissions, Taoiseach Enda Ke(...)

US Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at a rally in Sarasota, Florida on Saturday: with all his bombast and incivility, Trump has joyfully debunked political correctness for the complete fraud that it is. Photograph: Scott Audette/Reuters

The intense interest in the thrill-a-minute, through-the-looking-glass 2016 US presidential race, fuelled by anger at maladjusted Washington(...)

A woman participates in a human chain to show solidarity for climate change after the cancellation of a planned climate march in Paris yesterday. Photograph: Benoit Tessier/Reuters

The COP21 United Nations conference on climate change which begins today is being presented by French media as “two weeks to save the Earth”. (...)

Members of riot police fall to the ground during clashes with protesters following a rally against global warming on November 29th, 2015 in Paris, a day ahead of the start of the UN conference on climate change (COP21). Photograph: Joel Saget/AFP/Getty Images

The acrid scent of tear gas pervaded Place de la République in Paris on Sunday after French riot police clashed with radical activists who ha(...)

Human Rights Campaigner Graca Michel with Mary Robinson during her visit to Ballina, Co Mayo, where she delivered the second Mary Robinson Centre International Human Rights lecture. Photograph: Henry Wills.

Former president Mary Robinson has said she is “hopeful” that there will be sufficient political will to secure an agreement on climate chang(...)

A suspect is taken into custody outside a Planned Parenthood center in Colorado Springs, Colorado . Photograph: Isaiah J. Downing /Reuters

Expressing what has become regularly repeated frustration on the issue, US p resident Barack Obama said on Saturday the United States needs (...)

Photo released by the Colorado Springs Police Department shows Robert Dear (57), the suspect in the shooting at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

The suspect in the deadly shooting at a Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood clinic was named on Saturday as Robert Dear (57), according to a(...)

Benjamin Franklin wanted the turkey to be the US’s national bird. He described the bald eagle as a “bird of bad moral character”. Photograph: Larry W Smith/ EPA

The US National Turkey Federation estimates that 46 million turkeys were eaten on Thanksgiving Day last Thursday. In a recent survey, it also(...)