French former culture minister and newly elected head of Unesco Audrey Azoulay: she was chosen by the UN body’s 58-member executive council after five rounds of voting. Photograph: Thomas Samson/AFP/Getty Images

The election of Audrey Azoulay as director general of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (Unesco) on October 13th w(...)

 President Michael D Higgins unveils a Famine memorial in Subiaco, Perth, Australia. Photograph: Maxwell’s

The image depicted in the sculpture was, as President Michael D Higgins put it, a “keening” mother “bent low by the crushing loss of her children”. (...)

Hamas’s overall leader Ismail Haniya waves as he arrives for a meeting with Palestinian officials in Gaza City. Photograph: Said Khatib/AFP/Getty Images

Fatah and Hamas delegations are set to meet in Cairo next week to discuss the implementation of a deal to end the rift between the rival Palestinian m(...)

I’m in a vortex of fake friendships with people who mean very little to me and it’s simultaneously enthralling and repelling. Photograph: Getty Images

‘F or the ways my work was used to divide people rather than bring us together, I ask forgiveness and I will work to do better,’ Facebook founder Mark(...)

A Palestinian boy waves a Palestine flag during clashes following a protest against the expropriation of Palestinian land in the village of Atouf, near the west bank city of Tubas, on Wednesday. Photograph: Alaa Badarneh/EPA

Interpol voted on Wednesday to admit the State of Palestine as a member over Israeli objections at the international police organisation’s general ass(...)

David Stanton, Minister of State at the Department of Justice: has made a commitment that no asylum seeker on a deportation order will be made homeless

The Department of Justice has said it did not issue “eviction letters” to people in direct provision despite reports that asylum seekers have received(...)

 President Mahmoud Abbas: “The United Nations bears a legal, political, moral and humanitarian obligation to end this occupation and enable the Palestinian people to live in freedom and prosperity in their independent state of Palestine.” Photograph: Kevin Hagen/Getty

The president of the Palestinian Authority, Mahmoud Abbas, has warned that the “two-state solution is in jeopardy”, as he called on the United Nations(...)

A 2014 protest against the direct provision system. Photograph: Alan Betson

Letters sent to asylum seekers who are on deportation orders telling them they must leave direct provision by a certain date mark a “catastrophic shif(...)

Israeli immigration officers stopped the group when they arrived at Ben Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv. Photograph: iStock

The Israeli Embassy in Ireland is investigating why four Irish people were deported from Israel earlier this month. Elaine Daly, Fidelma Bonass, Joan(...)

Izzeddeen and Eman Alkarajeh with their children Omar, Jouri and Lama. Izzeddeen, a Palestinian from the west bank who moved here from Saudi Arabia with his wife and children last year and is living in direct provision in Cork. Photograph: Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

Izzeddeen Alkarajeh had been living and working in Saudi Arabia for nearly 17 years when he lost his job. He knew his Jordanian wife, who he met durin(...)