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People watch the rescue effort at the site of a deadly explosion that destroyed the five-star Hotel Saratoga in Havana, Cuba. Photograph: Ramon Espinosa/AP

The death toll following an explosion at a luxury hotel in Cuba’s capital has risen to at least 22. Rescuers in Havana were searching rubble through (...)

Vladimir Putin presenting flowers to Margarita Simonyan, editor-in-chief of State broadcaster RT, in 2019. Photograph: Evgenia Novozhenina/AFP

Ireland has been ranked sixth in a new press freedom index published by Reporters without Borders, but the international non-profit group has warned o(...)

Olivia Rodrigo won best new artist at the Grammy awards on Sunday night in Las Vegas. Photograph: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for The Recording Academy

Teenage pop phenom Olivia Rodrigo and R&B duo Silk Sonic dominated the major categories, and Jon Batiste won album of the year at the 64th annual (...)

Demonstrators on Saturday calling for the closure of the Guantanamo Bay detention facility in front of the White House in Washington. Photograph: Stefani Reynolds/AFP via Getty Images

An Algerian man imprisoned at the United States’ Guantanamo Bay detention centre for nearly 20 years has been released and sent back to his homeland. (...)

The UNFPA says almost half of all pregnancies – about 121 million a year – are unintended. Photograph: iStock

Ireland has one of the highest rates of contraceptive use in the world, according to a United Nations report. The contraceptive prevalence rate among(...)

In addition to releasing a debut album entitled Predictable Boy under the Badhands moniker in 2018, Dubliner Daniel Fitzpatrick is a prolific and awar(...)

Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson in her office at the federal appeals court in Washington in January. Photograph: Erin Schaff/The New York Times

Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson, president Joe Biden’s nominee to serve on the US supreme court – she would be the first black woman to do so – has pledge(...)

Tánaiste Leo Varadkar arrives for a meeting with Chilean president Sebastian Pinera at the La Moneda Palace in Santiago. Photograph: Javier Torres/AFP/Getty Images

Tánaiste Leo Varadkar says “further conversations” are required to turn widespread condemnation by Latin American nations of the invasion of Ukraine i(...)

President Nicolás Maduro: ‘We agreed to work on a forward-looking agenda.’ File photograph: EPA

Venezuela’s president Nicolás Maduro has described landmark talks he held with a US government delegation as “respectful” and “cordial”, as Washington(...)

Russian president Vladimir Putin at a meeting with his defence minister Sergei Shoigu and chief of the general staff Valery Gerasimov in Moscow on Sunday. Photograph: Alexey Nikolsky/Sputnik/AFP via Getty Images

Western capitals have long been anxious about Moscow’s military doctrine, which allows it to use nuclear weapons to end a conflict as part of its “esc(...)

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