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Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan at a  meeting of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) in Ankara on Tuesday.  Photograph:  Turkish Presidential Press Service/AFP/Getty Images

Turkey’s president Recep Tayyip Erdogan praised a decision to repeat Istanbul’s mayoral election, which his party narrowly lost, saying a rerun would (...)

World Press Freedom Day: “Lyra ... was fearless, as the women of Derry are fearless, and they will not be intimidated by sinister threats daubed on signposts in the dark of night.” Photograph: PA

The vulnerability of journalists like Lyra McKee - and of journalism - has been highlighted at an event to mark World Press Freedom day. Séamus Dool(...)

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Katherine Zappone said the funding ‘will offer protection to people fleeing emotional, physical or sexual abuse’. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

The Government has pledged an extra €1.5 million in funding to tackle a rise in domestic and sexual violence. The additional money will go towards fr(...)

Two runaway Saudi sisters  have urged Apple and Google to pull an ‘inhuman’ app allowing men to monitor and control female relatives’ travel. File photograph:  Dado Ruvic/Illustration/Reuters

Two runaway Saudi sisters on Wednesday urged Apple and Google to pull an “inhuman” app allowing men to monitor and control female relatives’ travel, a(...)

A poster of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi who was murdered in the Saudi Arabia consulate in Istanbul on October 2nd. Photograph: Osman Orsal

Turkey has arrested two suspects who confessed to spying on Arab nationals for the United Arab Emirates, and is investigating whether the arrival in T(...)

Consultant Patrick Palem checks statues removed from the spire of  Notre Dame ahead of the fire. Photograph: Regis Duvignau

Four-hundred-year-old paintings hung high inside Notre Dame were damaged by the immense fire that engulfed the Paris cathedral, but emergency workers (...)

Supporters of Ekrem Imamoglu, the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) candidate for Istanbul mayor, wave Turkish flags during a rally on Monday.  Photograph: Erdem Sahin/EPA

President Tayyip Erdogan said on Monday Turkey’s local elections were marred by “organised crime” at ballot boxes in Istanbul, raising the possibility(...)

Ekrem Imamoglu: Both sides agree preliminary results give him a lead of 25,000 votes. But Erdogan’s Justice and Development party has complained of irregularities. Photograph: Murad Sezer

On the campaign trail he became known for his mild-mannered demeanour. But as a bitter dispute rages over political control of Istanbul, Ekrem Imamogl(...)

 People pass in front of a banner with pictures of Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Binali Yildirim, AKP’s local candidate, in Istanbul on Tuesday. Photograph: Erdem Sahin/EPA

Official results in local elections that appear to have delivered a blow to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s dominance over Turkey have been pushed ba(...)

A boy stands next to a poster of Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Istanbul on Sunday. Photograph:  Sedat Suna/EPA

Recep Tayyip Erdogan sought to project confidence to the supporters massed beneath him as he spoke from the balcony of his ruling party headquarters i(...)

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