Protesters hold Spanish flags during a demonstration in Barcelona on Sunday called by “Societat Civil Catalana” (Catalan Civil Society) to support the unity of Spain. Photograph:  Jorge Guerrero/AFP/Getty Images

Hundreds of thousands of people took to the streets of Barcelona on Sunday to voice opposition to the Catalan government’s plans to issue a unilateral(...)

Roger Casement in Congo in September 1898

A century after his execution for high treason, a version of Roger Casement remains buried, not in Pentonville prison or Glasnevin Cemetery, but in Ma(...)

 President Michael D Higgins arrives for a press conference at the Foreign Affairs Ministry in Lima, Peru  on Friday. Photograph: AFP

President Michael D Higgins said he hoped a shared celebration of Roger Casement’s contribution to human rights would become a basis for renewed relat(...)

President Michael D Higgins presented Nobel Prize-winning writer Mario Vargas Llosa with a Presidential Distinguished Service Award at a special ceremony  at Áras an Uachtaráin last night. Photograph: Dave Meehan

British solicitor and human rights activist Gareth Peirce is among 10 people who have received the Presidential Distinguished Service Award. Ms Pei(...)

“People are fed up,” says PP candidate for mayor of Madrid Esperanza Aguirre. Photograph: Gerard Julier/AFP/Getty Images

“There have been too many cases of people being corrupted,” says Esperanza Aguirre, the Popular Party (PP) candidate for mayor of Madrid in tomorrow’s(...)

 Mario Varga Llosa. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

There is nothing discreet about this leisurely, burlesque and ultimately polemical jaunt about greed, corruption and the sundry nasty stuff with which(...)

From left, Deborah Treisman; Paul Muldoon; director of the Arts Council Orlaith McBride (not on the selection panel); Paula Meehan; Siobhán Parkinson; Juan Gabriel Vásquez; and Blake Morrison

‘We want a writer who will be a vehicle for the word,” says poet Paul Muldoon, chair of the selection panel for the Laureate for Irish Fiction, who(...)

Demonstrators with the pro-independence Catalan National Assembly hold a giant banner with an image of US president Barack Obama at Plana square in Badalona, near Barcelona. Photograph: Gustau Nacarino/Reuters

With a contentious Catalan referendum on independence from Spain slated to take place in less than four months, pressure is building on the region’(...)

The independent digital daily 14ymedio.com launched by Cuban oppositional blogger Yoani Sanchez. Photograph: Alejandro Ernesto/EPA

Dissident blogger Yoani Sanchez published Cuba’s first independent online newspaper day with reports questioning the quality of Cuba’s healthcare syst(...)

The Dream of the Celt is described as an epic book, and, for once the publishers are not overegging the pudding. Mario Vargas Llosa’s imagined biograp(...)

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