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Richard Bruton: acknowledged that the Republic would still need fossil fuel during periods when “the wind isn’t blowing or the sun isn’t shining”. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

The Minister for Climate Action Richard Bruton announced a review of the Republic’s fossil fuel needs shortly after Taoiseach Leo Varadkar pledged to (...)

Nigeria has been warned it risks a humanitarian disaster if the government goes ahead with its threat to throw aid agencies out of the northeast of th(...)

Supporters of Egyptian president Abdel Fattah el-Sisi at a rally in Cairo on Friday. Photograph: Khaled Elfiqi

Egyptian security forces tried to head off protests on Friday amid reports that 2,000 Egyptians have been arrested since last weekend’s unexpected dem(...)

The first arrival of 66 refugees and asylum seekers from Libya at the Kigali international airport in  Rwanda. Photograph: Minema/AFP

The first group of what is expected to be hundreds of evacuees have been moved to Rwanda from Libya, under a new programme involving the African Union(...)

Iranian president Hassan Rouhani at a press conference in New York on Thursday. Photograph: Kena Betancur/AFP/Getty Images

US president Donald Trump has denied he offered to remove all sanctions on Iran in exchange for talks, contradicting comments made by the Iranian pre(...)

French economist Thomas Piketty: ‘The profits of big global companies must be declared on a global level.’ Photograph: Ed Alcock/New York Times

Thomas Piketty and Joseph Stiglitz are celebrity economists with a mission to bend capitalism from its liberal, deregulated, inequality-generating tra(...)

Demonstrators take part in a global youth climate action strike in Barcelona, on Friday. Photograph:  Josep Lago/AFP/Getty Images

Tens of thousands of mostly young people have marched to New Zealand’s parliament, kicking off a second wave of worldwide protests demanding swift act(...)

The Corrib Gas field is due to run out in 2025. Photograph: Alan Betson

The Republic this week joined Belize, Costa Rica, France and New Zealand in banning oil exploration. Taoiseach Leo Varadkar told the United Nations th(...)

 US secretary of state Mike Pompeo speaks at a press conference  in New York, US, on Monday. Photograph: Peter Foley/EPA

US secretary of state Mike Pompeo said on Thursday that the US had concluded the government of president Bashar al-Assad in Syria had used chlorine as(...)

Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkey’s president, speaks during the UN General Assembly meeting in New York.  Photographer: Jeenah Moon/Bloomberg

Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan has appealed to the UN General Assembly and Europe to establish a “safe zone” in northern Syria where Syrian re(...)

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