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 Pro-Russian supporters march during a rally in Odessa, Ukraine, today. Photograph: Volodymyr Petrov/EPA

Ukraine has given pro-Russian separatists a Monday morning deadline to disarm or face a “full-scale anti-terrorist operation” by its armed for(...)

In a rare unanimous vote, the US House of Representatives passed legislation aimed at barring Hamid Abutalebi from receiving a visa to enter the US. Photograph: EPA

The United States denied a visa to Iran’s proposed UN ambassador today, citing the envoy’s links to the 1979-1981 Iranian hostage crisis, in a (...)

Approaching dark clouds seen above Port Douglas in Queensland today before tropical Cyclone Ita arrives. Photograph:  Ian Hitchcock/Getty Images

Residents and tourists on Friday were evacuating parts of Australia’s northeast coast, home to the Great Barrier Reef, as the strongest cyclone(...)

Young Joanne O’Riordan is already something of a national hero. Born with Tetra-amelia syndrome, an extremely rare condition characterised by t(...)

Central African Republic’s foreign minister Toussaint Kongo Doudou arrives to the podium to speak with the media after voting on a resolution approving UN peacekeepers for the Central African Republic, at UN headquarters in New York. Photograph: Eduardo Munoz/Reuters

The United Nations Security Council has authorised the creation of a nearly 12,000-strong UN peacekeeping force in the Central African Republic(...)

 The rationale behind the GAA’s move into subscription broadcasting is it will revolutionise the availability of matches for members of the association in Britain where the games are proving increasingly popular as participation sports. Photograph: Paul Mohan/Sportsfile

I’m as excited as anyone by the media trend for self-improvement, embodied in the desire to “learn five things” from various events and inciden(...)

EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton and Iran’s foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif at the start of talks in Vienna yesterday. Iran and six world powers began a new round of negotiations aimed at settling the dispute over Tehran’s nuclear programme by late July. Photograph: Heinz-Peter Bader/Reuters

Iran defended its nomination as ambassador to the United Nations yesterday after hawks in the US senate passed legislation to ban the official (...)

 President Michael D. Higgins and Queen Elizabeth during the banquet held at Windsor Castle this evening. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

A Shoilse Banríon, A Mhargacht Ríoga: Your Majesty, Your Royal Highness: Thank you for your kind and generous welcome and for the w(...)

Former president of Ireland Mary Robinson, former British prime minister Tony Blair and former South African president Thabo Mbeki arrive  at a ceremony to mark the 20th anniversary of the Rwandan genocide in Kigali, Rwanda. Photograph: AP Photo/Ben Curtis

Former president Mary Robinson has said the UN did not “cover itself in glory” during the genocide in Rwanda 20 years ago and expressed sadness(...)

Ushers carry a distraught woman out of Amahoro Stadium during the 20th anniversary commemoration of the 1994 genocide in Kigali. Photograph: Getty Images

Twenty years ago an estimated 800,000 Rwandans were killed in just 100 days. The killings were planned and methodical, carried out by neighbours, b(...)

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