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 President Michael D Higgins hosts a meeting with representatives of the group of small island developing states. Photograph:  Maxwell

Ireland stands with small island states in acknowledging their vulnerability in a world that is in crisis – “ethically, ecologically, with widening an(...)

 The Rev Dr  William Henry: he will be one of the youngest ever moderators of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland. Photograph:   Stephen Hamilton/Presseye

Rev Dr William Henry (51) of Maze Presbyterian Church in Co Antrim will be formally installed as the new moderator of the Presbyterian Church in Irela(...)

Mauritius prime minister Pravind Jugnauth: said his country was prepared to enter into an agreement with United States or Britain or both, to be allowed unhindered operation of the Diego Garcia  airbase. Photograph: Chang W Lee/The New York Times

The United Nations General Assembly overwhelmingly demanded on Wednesday that Britain give up control over the Chagos Islands in the Indian Ocean with(...)

The council heard briefings from individuals such as Nobel Peace Prize winner Nadia Murad (right) and international human rights lawyer Amal Clooney. Photograph: Getty Images

A US threat to veto UN Security Council action on sexual violence in conflict was averted on Tuesday after a long-agreed phrase was removed because th(...)

Rev Prof Laurence Kirkpatrick had been teaching at the Union Theological College in Belfast for 22 years

The Presbyterian Church in Ireland has dismissed a professor at its Union Theological College in Belfast for publicly disagreeing with the church’s ou(...)

The UK has said the Chagos Islands will be returned to Mauritius when the need for military facilities ends. Photograph: Getty Images

The United Kingdom must end its administration of the Chagos Islands “as rapidly as possible”, the United Nations’ highest court has said. Britain fo(...)

Rev Mairisíne Stanfield (53) minister of First Presbyterian Church, Bangor in Co Down since 2013.

For the first time the Presbyterian Church in Ireland may be about to elect its first female Moderator, or principal public representative. Election(...)

President Michael D Higgins: “The danger is not only the direct political power they wield, but in the poisonous influence that they now exert on those who, for reasons of short-term political gain and in the name of a false consensus, would seek to concede their demands.”   He was speaking on December 10th. Photo: Tom Honan for The Irish Times

President Michael D Higgins has said creating a “popular culture of human rights” has never been more urgent than it is today. Mr Higgins said the f(...)

A screengrab from the Front Line Defenders website. The charity has won a UN prize.

An Irish charity that protects human rights workers worldwide has been named as one of the winners of the 2018 United Nations Human Rights Prize. Fro(...)

Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz. Photograph:  Saudi Royal Palace/AFP

US president Donald Trump has said Saudi Arabia’s King Salman “might not be there for two weeks” without US military support. Mr Trump is seeking to (...)

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