Refugees carry bags of sorghum at a UN base in Bentiu, South Sudan. File photograph: Lynsey Addario/The New York Times

A region stretching across four east African nations is facing an unprecedented food-supply crisis. Three successive seasons of drought, combined wi(...)

Minister for Transport Shane Ross. “The grandest panjandrum in contemporary Irish politics.” Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

At Ennis District Court last week, Judge Patrick Durcan, a former Fine Gael politician, excoriated broadcaster Joe Duffy “and all the great panjandrum(...)

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“If you were to be asked to come up with a way not to design a piece of legislation, this would be it.” Photograph: Stephen Hird/Reuters

The ideal judge is smart and self-possessed yet humble and acutely aware of his or her limitations. She has experience of life and the law but brims w(...)

Minister for Transport Shane Ross has thundered against “cronyism” everywhere in Irish life, but sees it as an especially pervasive influence in the appointment of judges. Photograph: Maxwell’s

The determination of the Minister for Transport to change the way judges are appointed is one of the most consistent policy themes of the current Gove(...)

Mr Justice Peter Kelly pictured in his chambers

The President of the High Court has strongly criticised the Government over its moves to reform how judges are appointed, describing the proposals as (...)

Palestinian protesters clash with Israeli soldiers during a demonstration in the occupied West Bank village of Silwad. Photograph: Abbas Momani/AFP/Getty Images

The two-state solution is in peril. With the Israeli right in the ascendant, the peace process frozen and the presence in the White House of a preside(...)

Emmanuel Macron won a decisive victory among French citizens living in the Republic in the first round of France’s presidential election. Photograph: Christian Hartmann/Reuters

Emmanuel Macron won a decisive victory among French citizens living in the Republic in the first round of France’s presidential election on Sunday, wi(...)

What does the phrase “a United Ireland” mean in the 21st Century? Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Last year’s Brexit vote changed everything. Ireland’s future - North and South - is as yet unwritten, but it will not be like the past. Over(...)

Security officials say 99 groups – for and against Donald Trump – plan to demonstrate in the US capital this weekend, including 63 on Friday, the day of the inauguration ceremony.

It’s either the dawn of a new, wonderful era for America or something between War of the Worlds and Armageddon – depending on your viewpoint. Eithe(...)

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