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Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen at her inauguration in Taipei in  May.  Taiwan celebrates what it calls its National Day on October 10th. Ireland does not maintain diplomatic relations with Taiwan. Photograph: Ashley Pon/Getty Images

Government Ministers have been advised not to attend any celebrations marking the Taiwanese national day. The Department of Foreign Affairs has issu(...)

A picture shows destruction following an air strike in the rebel-held Ansari district in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo. Photograph: Karam Al Masi

Warplanes launched some of the heaviest air strikes yet on rebel-held areas of Aleppo on Friday after the Russian-backed Syrian army declared an offe(...)

 UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon speaks at the  start of the summit on refugees in New York. Photograph:  Justin Lane/EPA

On Monday, one of the highest-level global summits ever convened on refugees and mass migration took place at the UN General Assembly in New York. Alo(...)

Fr Paddy Moran at Arba Minch prison in Ethiopia. Photograph: Simon Murphy

When we think of imprisonment a number of images typically come to mind. These include cellular confinement, drug abuse, violence, self-harm and priso(...)

Rev Dr Frank Sellar, the Moderator of the Presbyterian church.

Sectarian communities remain the reality in Northern Ireland, according to a report accepted on Tuesday by the Presbyterian general assembly in Belfas(...)

The Rev Dr Frank Sellar: installed as   moderator of the Presbyterian Church

Two of the largest entities in Irish Catholicism will join forces this week to become the Association of Missionaries and Religious of Ireland (Amri)(...)

Protesters march to show their opposition against what they called ‘Hate Bill 2,’ which they urged lawmakers to repeal as legislators convened for a short session in Raleigh, North Carolina on Monday. Photograph: Marti Maguire/Reuters

Supporters and opponents of a new North Carolina transgender law have been holding competing rallies on the first day of the state’s legislative sessi(...)

Founder of the charity Chernobyl Children International Irishwoman Adi Roche will address the United Nations General Assembly later this month at an event to mark the 30th anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster.

Founder of the charity Chernobyl Children International Irishwoman Adi Roche will address the United Nations General Assembly later this month at an e(...)

Masked Palestinian Hamas militants watch the televised speech of US President Barack Obama in Rafah, southern Gaza Strip in 2009. AP Photo/Eyad Baba

The horrendous last five years in the Middle East started with joy at the fall of dictators in Tunis and Cairo. Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali’s flight to (...)

Former New Zealand prime minister, Helen Clark looking on during a forum of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) at the OECD headquarter in Paris, France. Ms Clark, the current administrator of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), will run for the position of UN secretary-general in the 2016 election. Photograph: Caroline Blumberg/EPA

Former New Zealand prime minister Helen Clark will run for secretary-general of the United Nations, the world’s top diplomatic post. Ms Clark, (66), (...)

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