DUP MP Ian Paisley apologises to the House of Commons in London for failing to register two family holidays funded by the Sri Lankan government. Photograph:  PA Wire

Ian Paisley, who boasts that Donald Trump is a friend, has had a career littered with controversy. In 2008 he resigned as a junior minister in the Sto(...)

Bono joked that ‘the worst thing’ he could say about Canada was that they are ‘nice’. Photograph: Kim Haughton

U2 frontman Bono gave his full-throated support to Ireland’s bid for a UN Security Council seat saying that “storytellers” were needed to explain the (...)

US permanent representative to UN Nikki Haley:  called rights body a “protector of human-rights abusers, and a cesspool of political bias”. Photograph: Justin Lane/EPA

A few years ago, I covered a long hearing in the cavernous hall in Geneva where the UN Human Rights Council holds its plenary meetings. Ireland was in(...)

 Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro with influential politician and army member Diosdado Cabello in Caracas. File photograph: Federico Parra/AFP/Getty Images

Venezuelan security forces suspected of killing hundreds of demonstrators and alleged criminals enjoy immunity from prosecution, indicating that the r(...)

The US name plate one day after the United States announced its withdrawal at the 38th session of the UN Human Rights Council at the UN headquarters in Geneva. Photograph: Martial Trezzini/EPA

The United Nations Human Rights Council is far from perfect. It has inbuilt flaws and needs to be reformed. But it has also been growing more effectiv(...)

Undocumented migrants wait for asylum hearings outside the US port of entry in Tijuana, Mexico: President Donald Trump ridiculed border security, falsely blaming Democrats for separating families and dismissing proposals to hire thousands of new immigration judges. Photograph: Sandy Huffaker

US president Donald Trump was due on Capitol Hill for a meeting with House Republicans on Tuesday evening, amid continuing public outrage at the US po(...)

 US ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley (seated) at UN headquarters in New York in June. File photograph: Mike Segar/Reuters

The US withdrew from the UN Human Rights Council on Tuesday after no other countries “had the courage to join our fight” to reform the “hypocritical a(...)

Children sit in a classroom of a school to which they have been evacuated from a village near Hodeidah airport amid fighting between government forces and Houthi fighters in Hodeidah, Yemen on Sunday. Photograph: Abduljabbar Zeyad/Reuters

Saudi-led coalition aircraft bombarded Houthi fighters holed up at the airport of Yemen’s main port Hodeidah on Monday as a senior alliance official s(...)

Julie Britton with her daughter Connie-Rose Seabourne in Leeds. Photograph: Danny Lawson/PA

Families starring in a “carpool karaoke” video featuring children with Down syndrome say they are overjoyed by the worldwide reaction. The beautiful (...)

Syrian Arab Red Crescent volunteers give medical supplies to civilians in eastern Ghouta on Monday. Photograph: Syrian Arab Red Crescent/Reuters

An aid convoy has entered the besieged, rebel-held Syrian enclave in eastern Ghouta, two weeks into a renewed regime offensive that has killed more th(...)

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