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Welfare policies must ensure that the vulnerable do not bear a disproportionate share of the burden, the lead author of the WHO report said. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Social welfare and health spending should be protected from International Monetary Fund and European Union-led demands for austerity, a major report f(...)

 German Eurosceptics have called for  more robust, nationalist foreign policy in the tradition of Otto von Bismarck. Cartoon by Tissot. Photograph: Hulton Archive/Getty Images

DEREK SCALLYin BerlinThe Eurosceptic Alternative for Germany (AfD) party has called on Berlin to embrace a more robust, nationalist foreign policy in (...)

 Serena Williams   celebrates winning her women’s singles final match against Victoria Azarenka    at Flushing Meadows. Photograph:   Matthew Stockman/Getty Images

Victoria Azarenka walked off court with her head held high after a gallant loss to Serena Williams in the US Open final yesterday, and while satisfied(...)

Derval O’Rourke, centre, trailing  eventual ‘winner’ Nevin Yanit of Turkey, left,  in the women’s 100m hurdles final at the European Indoor Athletics Championships in Gothenburg in March. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

For Derval O’Rourke, winning another European Indoor bronze medal will be worth the wait, if only in terms of inner satisfaction.With confirmation tha(...)

 Claire Lambe will be hoping to build on her impressive showing in the European Championships when she competes in the lightweight single scull at the World Championships  in Chungju, Korea. Photo: Harry How/Getty Images

Ireland’s first crew to compete at the World Rowing Championships in Chungju in Korea is set to go into action on Sunday. Lightweight sculler Claire L(...)

Hannes Ametsreiter  chief executive of Telekom Austria declined to comment on bid speculation that pushed Telekom Austria’s share price sharply higher on Friday. Photograph: Reuters/Heinz-Peter Bader

Telekom Austria sidestepped suggestions yesterday that major shareholder Carlos Slim might try to take the company over after the Mexican tycoon bid f(...)

Andy Harrington and Jack Casey will compete for Ireland in the men’s double scull quarter-final today at the World Junior Championships at Trakai in Lithuania.

Ireland’s Hilary Shinnick and Bridget Jacques, who are off on scholarships to US colleges this year, bounced back at the World Junior Championships in(...)

Un climate chief Christiana Figueres: “frustrated” by pace of Bonn talks.  Photograph: Henry Romero/Reuters

African civil society groups have condemned “Russia’s shenanigans” for blocking moves to discuss loss and damage from the impacts of global warming an(...)

Paddy Barnes (silver), Jason Quigley (gold), Michael Conlon (silver) and John Joe Nevin (gold). Photograph: Inpho/Lorraine O’Sullivan

Another year can only mean another triumphant homecoming at Dublin Airport for Ireland’s amateur boxers. Ireland’s four medal winners came home last n(...)

Ireland’s Adam Nolan in action against Poland’s Tomasz Kot during yesterday’s welterweight (69kg) clash at the European Championships in Minsk, Belarus. Photo: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

London 2012 Olympian Adam Nolan made it through into the last 16 of the European Boxing Championships in Minsk, Belarus yesterday with Belfast’s Sean (...)

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