Malala Yousafzai: her story will still be just as resonant in two or three years, when she has had space to recover, to complete her education and the process of growing up. Photograph: Susan Walsh/AP Photo

I don’t know why the Nobel prize committee decided against giving an award to Malala Yousafzai, who until last week had been favourite to win. It pres(...)

UN-Arab League envoy for Syria Lakhdar Brahimi and US secretary of state John Kerry spoke of a need for a cohesive force that could bring people together. Photograph: Jacquelyn Martin/Reuters

A car bomb that killed 39 in northern Syria yesterday added urgency to the declaration by US secretary of state John Kerry and UN envoy Lakhdar Brahim(...)

The headquarters of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, OPCW, in The Hague

The global chemical weapons watchdog whose inspectors are monitoring the destruction of Syria’s chemical weapons arsenal has been awarded the Nobel Pe(...)

A family at a state-run shelter where the Syrian government placed surviving families of a reported rebel massacre in Latakia. Photograph: Andrea Bruce/The New York Times

Syrian opposition fighters massacred at least 190 civilians and took more than 200 hostages during an August military operation against a dozen villag(...)

A worthy choice

The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) is a worthy recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize announced yesterday, by virtue of the s(...)

Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) director general Ahmet Uzumcu speaking  in The Hague earlier this week. Photograph: Toussaint Kluiters/Reuters

The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), which is overseeing the destruction of Syria’s chemicals weapon arsenal, has today wo(...)

UN vehicles transporting a team of experts from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons are pictured as they return to their hotel in Damascus today. Photograph: Khaled al-Hariri/Reuters

A team of chemical weapons experts has made “encouraging initial progress” as it works towards the elimination of Syria’s poison gas arsenal, the Unit(...)

A UN vehicle transporting a team of United Nations experts charged with starting the process of verifying and eliminating chemical weapons arrives at a hotel in Damascus yesterday. Photograph: Reuters.

Twenty chemical weapons experts arrived in Damascus yesterday on a mission to identify and destroy Syria’s stockpiles of weapons and chemical agents b(...)

United Nations  vehicles carry  members of a chemical weapons investigation team in the Syrian carry Damascus today. Photograph: Khaled al-Hariri/Reuters

The United Nations Security Council has unanimously approved a breakthrough agreement to eliminate all of Syria’s chemical weapons. The council(...)

Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore: wants the United Nations to make ending extreme poverty within a generation a priority. Photographh: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs Eamon Gilmore will meet UN secretary-general Ban Ki-Moon in New York today to discuss issues including the o(...)

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