Christine Lagarde has been questioned four times in the investigation for negligence in a political fraud

Lagarde under investigation in French fraud case

27 Aug International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde has been placed under formal investigation by French magistrates for negligence in a political fraud affair dating from 2008 when she was finance minister, her lawyer said today.

President Hollande ordered the Prime Minister to form a new cabinet 'consistent with the direction he has set for the country'

Hollande announces new French government

26 Aug French President Francois Hollande has named Emmanuel Macron, a former banker and close ally as the new economy minister in an emergency reshuffle after a major political crisis.

An Islamist fighter flashes the V sign for victory at the entrance of Tripoli international airport

Egypt and UAE behind Libya air strikes: US

26 Aug American officials have said Egypt and the United Arab Emirates were behind air strikes in Libya targeting Islamist militants fighting government forces in the capital, Tripoli.

Ms Pillay said the crimes included mass executions of prisoners

UN rights chief slams IS militants in Iraq

25 Aug The United Nations Human Rights chief, Navi Pillay, has condemned what she said were appalling and widespread crimes being committed by Islamic State forces in Iraq.

Navi Pillay suggested the Security Council come up with possible new responses to rights violations

UN rebuked over Security Council failures

22 Aug Outgoing UN rights chief Navi Pillay has rebuked the Security Council for putting short-term geopolitical concerns and narrowly-defined national interests ahead of grave breaches of global peace and security.

Albert Reynolds in his days as Fianna Fáil leader

Albert Reynolds - An Obituary

21 Aug Albert Reynolds served as Taoiseach for just under three years, one of the shortest ever terms, but made an enduring contribution to Ireland with his peace initiative that helped to end 25 years of violence on this island.

Report into controversy has been sought by Tony O'Brien

HSE internal review into abortion case

18 Aug The Health Service Executive is setting up an internal review to report into the care provided to the woman at the centre of the controversy over the decision to refuse a termination of pregnancy.

The city council said the mayor was suspended pending 'clarification of the situation'

Swiss mayor suspended over nude selfies

18 Aug The mayor of the Swiss town of Baden, who is also a member of parliament, was suspended today following allegations that he sent nude selfies taken at work to a female friend.