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 Women from of the Rohingya community pose for a photograph last Friday in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh. Photograph:   Allison Joyce/Getty Images

The UN refugee agency and other groups have urged a rethink of the plan to send Rohingya refugees back to Myanmar amid fears of forced repatriations a(...)

 Palestinian women   at a   UN Relief and Works Agency (Unrwa)-run clinic in  Gaza: The agency   provides support for 5,266,603 registered refugees. Photograph:  Mahmud Hams/AFP/Getty

The Trump administration’s decision on Tuesday to slash its funding to the UN agency serving Palestinian refugees could have wide economic, social and(...)

Exhausted migrants in the waiting hall of the train station in Bardonecchia, Italy. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

The agreement that dictates which EU country is responsible for asylum applications is not being implemented effectively and is failing to help famili(...)

Catherine Cleary sees the move towards more easily prepared plant-based food  continuing in 2018, especially with younger people, and with ‘part-time’ vegans.

1. The year of the vegan “We’re all going vegan on January 1st,” jokes Irish Times restaurant critic Catherine Cleary, picking up on the widely forec(...)

Men and children gather in Shagarab refugee camp in eastern Sudan. Photograph: Sally Hayden

Nurah suspected her 13-year-old son was dead when the smuggler who claimed to be holding him hostage refused to put him on the phone. That was three y(...)

Sr Patricia Wall, pictured in 2013 with Kilkenny hurling manager Brian Cody and then Tipperary manager Eamon O’Shea. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Sr Patricia Wall has been named Volunteer of the Year at the Volunteer Ireland Awards for her dedication to a local community in Co Tipperary. Sr Pat(...)

A sign above the entrance to the Casa Del Migrante –  “House of Migrants” – on the outskirts of Ciudad Juarez reads “Welcome brother and sister migrants”. Photograph: Stephen Starr

For decades, the US has been the promised land and a refuge for people fleeing poverty and violence across South and Central America. But with a recor(...)

Amer Marai  and brothers Mhd Ahyam Orabi and Ahmad Orabi in Loam restaurant, Galway. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

For four years, chefs Amer Marai (28), Mhd Ahyam Orabi (26) and Ahmad Orabi (25) were unable to cook in a kitchen. The last time was 2013 in the Syr(...)

 Cora Sherlock: the Pro Life Campaign said the UN’s disability committee’s views were “welcome news”. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Two influential United Nations bodies have disagreed sharply over whether abortion should be allowed in countries such as Ireland in cases where there(...)

Ibrahim Talal, from Syria, on Agamy Beach, Alexandria: “This is not where I want to be.” Photograph: Peter Biro/European Union/Echo

“This,” says Ibrahim Talal, sweeping his hand in a dismissive gesture that takes in the teeming high-rise of Alexandria, a city of five million crushe(...)

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