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 Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskiy called for ‘maximum’ sanctions on Russia in a video address  to  the World Economic Forum  in Davos, Switzerland. Photograph: EPA/Laurent Gillieron

A Kyiv court has jailed a Russian soldier for life in the first murder case related to the Kremlin’s invasion of Ukraine, as the country’s president, (...)

French ambassador  Vincent Guérend said Ireland’s neutrality should be ‘adapted to a new environment’.   Photograph: French Embassy

Russia has no respect for Irish neutrality and Ireland and the EU must focus more on defence, the French ambassador has said. Vincent Guérend, who wa(...)

Russian diplomat Boris Bondarev: ‘Never have I been so ashamed of my country.’ Photograph: Boris Bondarev via AP

A Russian diplomat has resigned in protest at Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine, describing himself as “ashamed” of his country in a rare rejection by a go(...)

Preparing vegetables for soup at Matbahk El Kell which was founded in response to the August 2020 explosion at Beirut port which killed 2019 and rendered 300,000 homeless.

The recent parliamentary election granted Lebanon a moment of normalcy but as soon as votes were counted and results announced, the grim reality reass(...)

Residents of a small village near Zalissia, northeast of Kyiv, carry food on their bicycles given to them by volunteers. Russia has been accused of targeting food production in Ukraine. File photograph: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images

Russia’s tactics since its invasion of Ukraine suggest that it is intent on generating “disruption and social unrest” in the wider world, Mairead McGu(...)

Some 29 people have been admitted to the Royal Irish Academy. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Some 24 of 29 newly-elected members who were admitted to the Royal Irish Academy were commended for their exceptional contributions to the sciences, h(...)

Medical service personnel in the military handing out medical supplies at a pharmacy in Pyongyang. Photograph: KCNA

Experts have questioned North Korea’s claim that it is achieving “good results” in its battle against a Covid-19 outbreak, as the number of people wit(...)

 Arab MP Ghaida Zoabi has quit the Israeli government. File photograph: Laurent Van Der Stockt/Getty Images

Israel’s fragile government is in danger of collapse following Thursday’s dramatic decision by an Israeli-Arab parliamentarian to quit the coalition. (...)

Maud de Boer-Buquicchio, former UN special rapporteur, tells Oireachtas committee it must ensure women in poorer countries are not exploited. Photograph: iStock

Stringent safeguards must be incorporated into any legislation governing surrogacy to ensure babies are not being bought and sold, an international ex(...)

United Nations secretary general António Guterres said the impact of the war in Ukraine on food security ‘threatens to tip tens of millions of people over the edge into food insecurity, followed by malnutrition, mass hunger and famine, in a crisis that could last for years’. Photograph: EPA/Justin Lane

The United Nations has warned the Russian invasion of Ukraine has stoked a global food crisis that could threaten tens of millions of people and last (...)

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