Amnesty executive director Colm O’Gorman urged Ministers to press for a fairer and more effective solution to Europe’s refugee crisis. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Ireland is set to narrowly miss out on its pledge to relocate 600 asylum seekers from Greece and Italy within two years under a scheme agreed with Eur(...)

Hungary’s prime minister Viktor Orban and Polish prime minister Beata Szydlo in Warsaw, Poland. Photograph: Slawomir Kaminski/Reuters

Hungary and Poland have vowed to stand firm against what they claim is an overbearing European Union, intent on eroding the sovereignty of member stat(...)

The proportion of people who are foreign nationals fell  to 11.6 per cent in 2016. The CSO attributes this fall, in part, to the rapid rise in the number of people with dual Irish nationality. Photograph: The Irish Times

The number of people in Ireland who hold dual Irish nationality has increased by nearly 90 per cent over the last five years, according to the latest (...)

Shells explode during the joint Russia-Belarus strategic military exercises Zapad in Belarus. Photograph: Tatiana Zenkovich

Russia’s “Zapad” war games have come under further scrutiny after its military admitted that a helicopter had accidentally fired on bystanders, and se(...)

Russian president Vladimir Putin watches the Zapad-2017 war games with minister for defence Sergei Shoigu (left) and chief of the general staff of Russian armed forces Valery Gerasimov (second right) in Leningrad, Russia. Photograph:  Mikhail Klimentyev/Kremlin via Reuters

Russian president Vladimir Putin watched his country’s military take part in the major “Zapad” war games on Monday, amid continuing concern from Nato (...)

Former Georgian president Mikheil Saakashvili:  returned to Ukraine despite being stripped of his citizenship by its president, former ally Petro Poroshenko. Photograph:  AFP / Yuri Dyachyshyny/ Getty Images

Constantly on the move, closely watched by the police, facing prosecution and bitterly at odds with the country’s leaders – Mikheil Saakashvili is bac(...)

Newstalk: George Hook has been working at a station where the line between news and opinion has blurred

Last week Gauri Lankesh was shot dead by three masked men outside her home in Bangalore. She was a newspaper editor and a critic of right-wing extremi(...)

tudents visiting The Irish Times Higher Options stand in the RDS Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The RDS opened its doors morning for the second day of the 2017 Irish Times Higher Options expo. Thousands of students are expected to attend the eve(...)

Opposition supporters and one of the Belarusian opposition leaders Vladimir Nekliaev take part in a rally during a protest against the upcoming Zapad military exercises in Minsk, Belarus. Photograph: Tatyana Zenkovich/EPA

Russian military jets and helicopters have landed in neighbouring Belarus ahead of Thursday’s start of major war games that are unnerving nearby Nato (...)

 European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker gave his annual State of the Union address at the European Parliament in Strasbourg on Wednesday. Photograph: Christian Hartmann/ Reuters

In a wide-ranging state of the union speech that encompassed everything from refugee policy to Slovakian fish fingers, Jean-Claude Juncker pointedly m(...)