Uruguay has become the first country to legalise the growing, sale and smoking of marijuana, that will be closely watched by other nations debating drug liberalisation.
Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich conceded no ground today to protesters who want their government to move closer to the European Union.
The Health Service Executive is to get a supplementary health budget of €199m, due to its overspending this year.
Meath West TD Peadar Tóibín, who was suspended from Sinn Féin after he voted against the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill, has said he is not joining Fianna Fáil.
E-cigarettes should not be marketed as a consumer product, Minister for Health James Reilly has said.
Barack Obama and David Cameron have been criticised after they were caught posing for a mobile phone "selfie" at Nelson Mandela's memorial service.
Irish MEPs were on opposite sides of a controversial vote in the European Parliament tonight in which a proposed ban of bottom-trawling fishing was narrowly defeated.
Taoiseach Enda Kenny has told the Dáil he has emphasised to representatives from the Catholic Church that there was never any intention to introduce abortion on demand.
Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra has dissolved the country's parliament and called a snap election, but anti-government protest leaders have pressed ahead with mass demonstrations.
Business leaders in Northern Ireland have urged politicians to grasp the opportunity to build confidence as former US diplomat Dr Richard Haass returns to chair key peace process talks.
The European Commission has confirmed it will continue surveillance of Ireland's economic performance after the bailout until 75% of its bailout loans are repaid.
Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich has backed a call for talks with the opposition to end weeks of protests in Kiev.
North Korea has denounced Jang Song Thaek, the uncle of leader Kim Jong Un, for what it described as a number of criminal acts.
US President Barack Obama has defended an interim deal with Iran to curb its nuclear programme.
An international team of experts is to assess the current and future need for children's heart surgery in both the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.
Ukrainian opposition leaders have told journalists in Kiev that they did not order protesters to pull down and destroy a statue of Russian communist revolutionary Vladimir Lenin.
Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra has proposed a referendum on her future and promised to resign if that was what the people wanted.
Former Tánaiste Mary Coughlan has refused to rule out returning to politics in the future.
Over 1000 protesters gathered outside Japan's National Diet Building to demonstrate against the state secrets act, a law about to pass that would expand the definition of state secrets and raise penalties for leaks.
Ukrainian police have given demonstrators five days to leave public buildings they have occupied in protest against a government policy move towards Russia.