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Smoke billows from chimneys at a chemical factory in China’s Hefei, Anhui province. Photograph: Reuters

Seven years after it set some of the world’s most stringent environmental targets, the European Union is about to revise its long-term goals to take m(...)

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (R) greets Iran’s president Hassan Rohani during the UN General Assembly at UN Headquarters in New York in this file photo taken September 26, 2013. Ban Ki-moon said yesterdy he had invited Iran to participate in Syria peace talks on January 22nd in Montreux, Switzerland. Photograph: Reuters

Syria’s main, Western-backed opposition has said it will not attend UN-hosted peace talks in Geneva aimed at ending the country’s civil war if Iran jo(...)

Afghan policemen help an injured man at the site of an explosion in Kabul yesterday in which up to 21 people were killed. Photograph: Reuters.

A Co Derry resident was among 21 people killed when a Taliban suicide bomber and gunmen attacked a restaurant popular with foreigners in the Afghan ca(...)

The first warning of the problems that eventually swept away Irina Vorochkova’s house near Russia’s Olympic city of Sochi came when the garden began (...)

A Free Syrian Army fighter, with an amputated leg, walks with a crutch in Daraya, near Damascus January 15, 2014. Picture taken January 15, 2014.  REUTERS/Hussam Zeen (SYRIA - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST CONFLICT)

Syrian foreign minister Walid al-Moualem said today he had handed Russia plans for a ceasefire with rebel forces in Syria’s biggest city, Aleppo, and (...)

Pope Francis told worshippers at morning Mass in the Vatican  that abuse scandals had ‘cost us a lot of money, but (paying damages) is only right’. Photograph: Alessandro Bianchi/Reuters

United Nations child protection experts pushed Vatican delegates today to reveal the scope of the decades-long sexual abuse of minors by Roman Catholi(...)

 Noel Dorr: raising such matters required a well thought-out approach as it would be wrong for a visiting delegation to make their hosts feel as if they were saying: “We’re better than you.”  ,

Ministers on trade missions should raise concerns about human rights abuses when visiting states where such issues exist, but only to a point their ho(...)

French president François Hollande takes a question from a journalist at the Élysée Palace in Paris yesterday.  Photograph: Philippe Wojazer/Reuters

President François Hollande was slightly more specific about his economic plans than about his private life at his press conference yesterday. (...)

Children displaced by the unrest in Bor county play around boats in the port of Minkaman. 
Up to 10,000 people are believed to have been killed in 

 in South Sudan
, aid sources and analysts estimate. It has also displaced 413,000, 
according to

according to 
the UN
.  Photograph: Andreea Campeanu/Reuters

More than 200 women and children drowned when their overloaded boat capsized on the Nile as they scrambled to escape fighting in South Sudan, offic(...)

People displaced from fighting in Bor wash themselves in the White Nile river in Minkaman, in Awerial county, Lakes state, in South Sudan yesterday. Photograph: Andreea Campeanu/Reuters

At least 200 people died when a boat ferrying people fleeing reports of violence in South Sudan’s Upper Nile state sank, an army spokesman said. The (...)

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