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Tony Abbott was sworn in as Australia’s new prime minister and promised immediate action to slow the stream of asylum seekers arriving by boats from I(...)

Malala Yousafzai, the schoolgirl shot and almost killed by the Taliban for campaigning for female equality and education for girls, received an Amnest(...)

 Prof Jim Dornan: ‘Women’s rights in all parts of the world are very poorly addressed. What if it was the sexual and reproductive rights of men? Who would be making the decisions then?’

Like most people, Prof Jim Dornan was shocked, saddened and distressed to hear about the death of Savita Halappanavar in a Galway hospital last year. (...)

Relatives and police women sit in  the back of an ambulance transporting the body of a senior female police officer for burial in Helmand province. Photograph: Abdul Malik/Reuters

Southern Afghanistan’s top policewoman has died after being shot in an ambush, months after her predecessor was murdered.Her death, one of the latest (...)

At least 27 miners in Afghanistan have been killed in a collapse in a coal mine, officials said today, in an accident likely to reinforce worries abou(...)

Afghan security forces inspect a damaged car, which was used during a suicide bomb attack, outside the US consulate in Herat province. Photograph: Mohammad Shoib/Reuters

At least three people were killed when insurgents attacked the U.S. consulate in western Afghanistan’s main city today, detonating a powerful truck bo(...)

Ali  Damache: is wanted in the US to face charges relating to the conspiracy to provide material support for terrorists and attempted identity theft to facilitate an act of international terrorism.   Photograph: Collins/Courts

An Algerian-born Irish citizen, who is wanted in the United States on international terrorism charges, planned for a group to train in explosives wit(...)

A man pushes an ill woman on a cart along a street in the war ravaged Syrian city of Aleppo. Photograph: Muzaffar Salman/Reuters

Russia said today it will push Syria to place its chemical weapons under international control.The surprise announcement by Russian foreign minister S(...)

A supporter of Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad gestures  near the US embassy in Lebanon. REUTERS/Mohamed Azakir

Syrian president Bashar al-Assad has denied ordering an alleged chemical weapons attack said to have killed hundreds of civilians in the Damascus coun(...)

Protesters march in Los Angeles yesterday in  an anti-war rally. Photograph: Jonathan Alcorn/Reuters

President Barack Obama and his administration allies are intensifying a public-relations offensive in what even Obama has called a “heavy lift” to win(...)

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