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Ireland’s 2001-2002 membership of the UN Security Council, dominated by the response to the 9/11 attacks, was the last time Ireland held one of its 10 non-permanent seats.

Richard Ryan, Ireland’s permanent representative at the United Nations, was preparing for the second week of the Irish month-long presidency of the UN(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar   in Brussels last week. He will be attending a series of events in New York on Monday marking the formal launch of Ireland’s bid for a non-permanent seat on the UN Security Council.  Photograph: Julien Warnand/EPA

Winning a seat on the UN Security Council would place Ireland “at the heart of UN decision-making on international peace, security and development,” T(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar: “I really would appeal to people to heed the advice and not to use hosepipes”. Photograph:  Jasper Juinen/Bloomberg

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has asked people “to do the right thing as citizens” and obey the hosepipe ban starting on Monday aimed at conserving water sup(...)

Relatives of a Palestinian, who was killed at the Israel-Gaza border, react at a hospital in Gaza on Monday. Photograph: Mohammed Salem/Reuters

Israel’s use of live fire against Palestinians in Gaza is causing an unprecedented crisis in the blockaded and besieged coastal strip, according to th(...)

A video grab shows Yemeni pro-government forces firing a heavy machine gun near  Hodeidah airport on Friday.  Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Forces from an alliance of Arab states seized the entrance to the airport in Yemen’s main port city on Friday, in an offensive against the Iran-aligne(...)

Yemeni forces backed by the Saudi-led coalition take position during an attack on the port city of Hodeidah, on the outskirts of Hodeidah, Yemen on Wednesday. Photograph: Najeeb Almahboobi/ EPA

Arab warplanes and warships pounded Houthi positions in Yemen’s Hodeidah for a second day on Thursday, as a Saudi-led alliance tried to seize the mai(...)

US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley speaks to the UN General Assembly before a vote in New York. Photograph: Don Emmert/AFP/Getty Images

The United Nations General Assembly condemned Israel on Wednesday for excessive use of force against Palestinian civilians. It has also asked UN chie(...)

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un shakes hands with Xi Jinping in Beijing. Photograph: AFP/KCNA via KNS

With Kim Jong-un and Donald Trump having departed Singapore after their landmark summit, attention now turns to China to see if it will continue to up(...)

Members of the Joint Investigation Team with part of the Buk  rocket that was fired on flight MH17 in 2014.  Photograph: Robin van Lonkhuijsen/AFP/Getty Images

In a significant step towards laying the blame for the shooting-down of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 at the door of the Russian state, international (...)

Palestinian ambassador to the United Nations Ibrahim Khraishi during a special session of the UN Human Rights Council to discuss “the deteriorating human rights situation” in the Palestinian Territories. Photograph: Martial Trezzini/EPA

Israel says it won’t co-operate with the inquiry called for by the United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC) on Friday into recent violence on the Is(...)

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