Trustwater chief executive Edmond O’Reilly (centre) with The Irish Times InterTradeIreland 2013 Innovation Overall Winner Award. Also pictured (from left) are Thomas Hunter McGowan, chief executive of InterTradeIreland, Liam Kavanagh, managing director, The Irish Times, Kevin Keane (Trustwater) and Chris Horn, founder of IONA Technologies. photograph: arthur allison/pacemaker press

One of the most popular stands at this year’s Drinktec fair in Munich last September featured a breakthrough new cleaning and disinfection technology (...)

Aela De Deus, a coffee farmer from East Timor’s Emera distric, prepares dried coffee parchement before it is transfred into bags for transport to Dili. Photograph: Cedric Arnold/

Armindo de Deus has worked all his life as a coffee farmer in the Ermera district of Timor-Leste. He is a wiry, weather-beaten man with darting, milky(...)

Mr Charles Haughey flanked by photographers at a press conference in Dublin, following his acquittal in the Arms Trial in October 1970. Photograph: The Irish Times

Charlie Haughey was not the first man to have an affair and would not be the last, his former adviser PJ Mara said today. He said the revelation by Te(...)

Courthouse steps: protesters in New Delhi, where four men were yesterday sentenced to death for the fatal gang rape of a student on a bus last December. Photograph: Roberto Schmidt/AFP/Getty

A United Nations study of 10,000 men in the Asia-Pacific region set out to reveal the true extent of rape culture in the region, but its findings – pu(...)

Former prime minister Paul Keating: lost the argument back in the 1990s.

Australia’s Asia did not figure much in its federal election campaign, but the issue is squarely there in the preoccupation with the economy and jobs (...)

Women hold posters bearing messages against the Australian Labor Party (ALP) during a rally in support of asylum seekers outside an ALP meeting in Sydney this week. Photograph: Daniel Munoz/Reuters

Three people died but another 157 suspected asylum seekers were rescued after their boat sank off the southern coast of Indonesia, officials said tod(...)

Prime Minister Kevin Rudd announces “hardline decision” on asylum seekers.  Photograph: Leigh Turner/Getty Images)

Refugee advocates expressed outrage yesterday after Australia’s prime minister Kevin Rudd announced that asylum seekers who arrive by boat will be sen(...)

Australia will refuse entry to asylum seekers who arrive by boat and send them to neighbouring Papua New Guinea, in a pre-election policy prime minist(...)

Pakistan’s prime minister Nawaz Sharif (right) inspects the guard of honour with Chinese premier Li Keqiang  during a welcome ceremony outside the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, today. Mr Sharif’s government has been criticised for re-introducing the death penalty. Photograph: Jason Lee/Reuters

Pakistan’s new government, striving to appear determined to rein in escalating crime and militancy, has ended a ban on the death penalty, in a move co(...)

The government of Papua New Guinea, led by  prime minister Peter O’Neill, has reinstated the death penalty and repealed controversial laws on sorcery.   Photograph: Chris McGrath/Getty Images

Papua New Guinea has reinstated the death penalty and repealed controversial sorcery laws after a string of gruesome “witch” killings and gang-rapes, (...)

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