California governor Jerry Brown signed a deal with China to co-operate on clean technology. Photograph:  Reuters/Thomas Peter

Efforts by China to forge a new global alliance on climate change and sidestep US president Donald Trump’s decision to pull out of the Paris Agreement(...)

Sarah O’Connor and Isolde Johnson, founders of the Cool Bean Company. In Ireland, there are just over two men that are either nascent entrepreneurs or  business owners for every female early-stage entrepreneur.

One of the hallmarks of a successful society is the extent to which women have opportunities to realise their full potential. Countries with high leve(...)

 Anti-Austerity Alliance TD Paul Murphy.  The car is still speeding along and he is in no danger of catching it. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Boris Johnson and Paul Murphy have more in common than you might think. Both went to posh schools and good universities and their lives thereafter see(...)

Attention Donald Trump voters: This is what happens to a country that falls for hucksters who think that life can just imitate Twitter — that there are simple answers to hard questions — and that small men can rearrange big complex systems by just erecting a wall and everything will be peachy.

The British vote by a narrow majority to leave the European Union is not the end of the world — but it does show us how we can get there. A major Eur(...)

Iranian president Hassan Rouhani and other top officials attend a repatriation ceremony at Mehrabad airport in Tehran, last year for 104 Iranian pilgrims who were among at least 464 Iranians killed in a stampede at the annual hajj pilgrimage in Mina near Mecca, Saudi Arabia on September 24th. Photograph: Fatemeh Bahrami/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

The relationship between Shia Iran and Sunni Saudi Arabia, the crucial dividing line that polarises the non-Israeli Middle East, has hit a new low. O(...)

John Kerry is expected to  present Israel and the Palestinians with a framework agreement which will enable peace talks between the sides to continue for another year. Photograph: Reuters

US secretary of state John Kerry is expected to return to the Middle East next week to present Israel and the Palestinians with a framework agreement (...)