Our man in Riyadh: Enda Kenny with Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud (right), Saudi Arabia’s deputy prime minister and minister for defence

It rained a bit, and according to RTÉ’s correspondent the driving in Saudi Arabia was a bit hair-raising – women drivers, eh? – but it looked like a j(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny with Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed al Nahyan, the UAE foreign minister. The Irish delegation has made no excuses about the fact that this trip is about trade, investment and creating jobs back home. Photograph:  Maria Sundinemail

It is hard to fault the effort Taoiseach Enda Kenny has invested in the Enterprise Ireland trade mission to the Gulf region this week. He talked up, i(...)

Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore: wants the United Nations to make ending extreme poverty within a generation a priority. Photographh: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs Eamon Gilmore will meet UN secretary-general Ban Ki-Moon in New York today to discuss issues including the o(...)

Smoke rises from behind a building in Jobar, Damascus. Most of the 100,000-plus killed since early 2011 have died by what could be described as more conventional means: including aerial bombardment, shelling and sniper fire. Photograph: Msallam Abd Albaset/Reuters

Almost lost in the debate over the now confirmed use of chemical weapons in Damascus last month is the fact that only a fraction of Syria’s war dead h(...)

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay speaks during a news conference on her trip around Sri Lanka at the UN headquarters in Colombo on August 31st, 2013. Photograph: Dinuka Liyanawatte/Reuters

The “appalling situation” in Syria cries out for international action, yet a military response or the continued supply of arms risk igniting a regiona(...)

Maeve O’Rourke (right) photographed at a Justice for Magdalenes press conference earlier this year with (from left) Mari Steed, Claire McGettrick and Katherine O’Donnell.  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The only legal representative for the voluntary advocacy group ‘Justice for Magdalenes’ has been announced as the Family Law Awards 2013 Pro Bono Lawy(...)

Killer robots are seen as the next step on from drones, unmanned aerial vehicles intended initially for surveillance bu adapted for carrying out targeted killings. Pictures is an X-47B pilot-less drone combat aircraft flying over the aircraft carrier, the USS George H. W. Bush. Photograph: Jason Reed/Reuters.

“Killer robots” that could attack targets autonomously without a human pulling the trigger pose a threat to international stability and should be bann(...)

Christof Heyns, UN special rapporteur on executions, said there is reason to believe states will ‘seek to use lethal autonomous robotics for targeted killing’.

A United Nations human rights investigator has called for all states to declare a moratorium to prevent so-called “killer robots” being deploye(...)

Colm O’Gorman, executive director of Amnesty International. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Ireland’s reputation for working to stop violence against women around the world is not replicated at home, Amnesty International has claimed. (...)

Professor Conor Gearty: “I was hostile to legalised human rights within the British debate.” photograph: dara mac dónaill

Today, he is one of the most ardent champions of the cause. Through his work as a lawyer, teacher and writer, he has become one of the subject’(...)

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