French president Emmanuel Macron   at a ceremony marking the centenary of the end of the first World War at  the Douaumont Ossuary cemetery  near Verdun. Photograph:  Ludovic Marin/AP

The forest of Compiègne opens onto a desolate glade, blanketed by fog on a recent autumn morning. Workers were draining the soaked earth and covering (...)

#GirlsTakeover: Plan International Ireland volunteers will be at Áras an Uachtaráin today. Photograph: Frank Miller

Today is Day of the Girl – and it’s nothing to do with Father Ted’s lovely girls, or with calling grown women by diminutives. Let us hear none of the (...)

The candidates: Gavin Duffy, Joan Freeman, Liadh Ní Riada, Peter Casey, Sean Gallagher and President Michael D Higgins

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French Government’s spokesperson Benjamin Griveaux. Photograph: Philippe Lopez/AFP/Getty Images

Emmanuel Macron’s party, La République En Marche, marked the first anniversary of the French president’s landmark speech on Europe at the Sorbonne wit(...)

 Vietnam’s president Tran Dai Quang who died at age 61. Photograph:  AP

Vietnam’s president Tran Dai Quang, a former chief of internal security who became one of the most high-profile leaders in the communist-ruled country(...)

Emmanuel Macron with National Assembly speaker François de Rugy. Mr Macron replaced ecology minister Nicolas Hulot with Mr de Rugy on Tuesday. Photograph: Philippe Wojazer/Reuters

French president Emmanuel Macron chose continuity and loyalty over change when he ordered the smallest possible cabinet reshuffle on Tuesday, replaci(...)

Cricket star-turned-politician Imran Khan  gives a speech as he declares victory in the general election in Islamabad. Photograph: PTI/Reuters

Imran Khan has claimed victory in Pakistan’s general election, a historic win that upends decades of dominance by the country’s two most-established p(...)

Alexandre Benalla protecting Emmanuel Macron in Rodez, on  May 5th, 2017. Photograph: Regis Duvignau

President Emmanuel Macron has been plunged into the biggest scandal and political crisis since he took office by the violent behaviour of his “Monsieu(...)

Venezuelan president: Nicolás Maduro holds his country’s political constitution after his re-election was announced in Caracas. Photograph: Juan Barreto/AFP/Getty

Venezuela faces increasing international isolation after Nicolás Maduro was re-elected president on Sunday, in a ballot that was denounced as illegiti(...)

Operation Hamilton: Rafale fighter jets prepare to take off for Syria on Friday night, from a military base in eastern France. Photograph: ECPAD/French Military via Reuters

French participation in strikes against three chemical-weapons sites in Syria in the early hours of Saturday morning marked the most significant milit(...)

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