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Protesters from  Scoil Mhuire School at a rally organised by the Stop Climate Chaos Coalition in Dublin, Ireland on Friday. Photograph: PA

Millions of people are taking to the streets across the world, including thousands in Ireland, in what could be the largest climate protest in history(...)

Climate activist Greta Thunberg outside the US Supreme Court on Wednesday. Photograph: Jim Lo Scalzo/EPA

More than 800 rallies are due to take place across the 50 states of the US on Friday as pressure mounts on Donald Trump’s administration to change pol(...)

Students on the March for Climate Change in March. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Ten large rallies are being held across Ireland on Friday, the biggest in Dublin, as part of the global day of action to counter climate disruption. (...)

 Iranian foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif insisted Iran did not want war. Photograph: Abedin Taherkenareh/EPA

Any US or Saudi military strike against Iran would bring “all-out war”, Tehran said on Thursday, keeping up a drumbeat of warnings to its adversaries (...)

Likud prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu: said the election result made clear that Israel had no choice but to accept a unity government.  Photograph: Atef Safadi/EPA

The frontrunner in the Israeli elections, Benny Gantz, has rejected a request from prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu to consider joining a coalition t(...)

Discarded camping equipment at an Electric Picnic campsite on the Monday after this year’s festival. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

Whether the focus is music, literature, art, politics, technology, or economics, Ireland loves its festivals and arts events. But such events have a (...)

President Michael D Higgins with  Irish Times Environment and Science Editor  Kevin O’Sullivan. Mr Higgins said humans were threatening the future of the planet, driven  by greed, capitalism and an acceptance of inequality

Everything is connected, believes Michael D Higgins. The world currently faces three crises – ecological, economic and social. Each are linked, but no(...)

The Taoiseach reiterated the Government’s opposition to the introduction of direct rule after Brexit, which is widely expected. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

The Government will seek to have a “consultative role” in the government of Northern Ireland if the British Government imposes direct rule after a no-(...)

US president Donald Trump’s announcement will heap further pressure on a country which has been struggling economically. Photograph: Evan Vucci/AP

The United States is to impose new economic sanctions on Iran, significantly increasing economic pressure on the country. “I have just instructed the (...)

Critics say characterisation  of  Sinterklaas’s helper is a racist reference to slavery. Photograph: iStock

After years of debate and at times violent protest, this year’s Christmas-season Saint Nicholas parade in the Netherlands will not feature white peopl(...)

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