Jim Allister: he said changes to the North’s abortion and same-sex marriage law “should never have been accepted”. Photograph: Getty Images

House of Commons MPs have voted by 328 to 65 to make abortion legal in the North if the Northern Ireland assembly and executive are not back in place (...)

Archbishop Eamon Martin with anti-abortion activists at the Rally for Life in Dublin on July 6th. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Westminster has acted “in an unprecedented way” in its bid to introduce abortion in Northern Ireland, which will have “a devastating impact” on the ri(...)

 Zaghari-Ratcliffe has been transferred from Evin prison  to the mental ward of Iman Khomeini hospital, in Tehran, where she is being held under the control of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard. Photograph: Family Handout/PA Wire

A British-Iranian woman jailed in Iran has been transferred to a hospital mental health ward, her husband said. Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe (40) was ar(...)

Khosbou (7), from Afghanistan, sits at her family’s tent at a makeshift camp for refugees and migrants next to the formal camp, over the town of Vathy on the island of Samos, Greece, on June 25th. Photograph: Giorgos Moutafis/Reuters

Set against a benchmark of the abuse of asylum seekers and migrants along the US/Mexico border, it would be easy to be complacent about the way people(...)

Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam said on Tuesday the extradition bill that sparked the city’s biggest political crisis in decades was dead and the government’s work on the bill a “total failure”.Photographer: Justin Chin/Bloomberg

Protesters in Hong Kong vowed to escalate their efforts on Tuesday after the city’s leader said the controversial extradition Bill was “dead” and her (...)

Thai pro-democracy demonstrators place flowers and candles to create the Thai words “Stop hurting” at  a rally near the Ratchaprasong shopping district in Bangkok. Photograph: Narong Sangnak

Sirawith Seritiwat, a democracy activist, was running to catch a bus when the men attacked, battering his head until his eye socket was fractured, his(...)

In this handout photo provided by the Office of Inspector General at the US Department of Homeland Security, overcrowding of families is observed at US Border Patrol McAllen Station on June 10th. Photograph:  Office of Inspector General/Department of Homeland Security via Getty Images

As Donald Trump was presiding over a brash, bombastic military parade to celebrate Independence Day – or, more accurately, to indulge his own vanity –(...)

Democratic Unionist Party leader Arlene Foster: the union is “special” and “precious” and more important than any other political cause. Photograph: Facundo Arrizabalaga

In 1966, when fine people like brave Ivan Cooper, who has just died, were beginning to organise for the civil rights movement, the Sunday Times publis(...)

People shout slogans as they march on the streets demanding the ruling military cede power  to civilians at a demonstration in Khartoum. Photograph: Umit Bektas

Tens of thousands of Sudanese protesters took to the streets on Sunday to call for an immediate transition to civilian rule, in the biggest mass demon(...)

The Dublin Pride parade will be led out by more than 70 LGBTQ organisations. File photograph: Getty Images

The weather gods are set to smile on Dublin Pride on Saturday when tens of thousands are expected to take to the streets to mark the city’s 26th annua(...)

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