Around 12,000 people marched through Hong Kong's shopping and financial districts

Pro-democracy march held in Hong Kong

10.41 Thousands of pro-democracy protesters returned to the streets of Hong Kong in the first large-scale rally since demonstrations rocked the global financial hub late last year.

Demonstrators gather at Plaza de Sol during the 'March for Change'

Thousands march in Madrid anti-austerity rally

31 Jan Tens of thousands marched in Madrid in the biggest show of support yet for anti-austerity party Podemos, whose surging popularity and policies have drawn comparisons with Greece's new Syriza rulers.

Politicians applaud the result in the Chamber of Deputies

Italy elects senior judge as president

31 Jan Italian politicians elected Sergio Mattarella, a constitutional court judge and veteran politician, as president, handing a welcome political victory to Prime Minister Matteo Renzi.

Mary Lou McDonald said it was extraordinary that the proposed inquiry was to be set up without debate

Barrett's blocking of Dáil debate 'perverse'

29 Jan The Opposition has described as "disproportionate" and "perverse" a decision by Ceann Comhairle Sean Barrett to block a Dáil debate after legal objections from former minister for justice Alan Shatter.

Anne Ferris criticised the lack of objectivity in the Govt's selection of the 14 individual institutions

Ferris abstains from mother-and-baby vote

28 Jan A Government backbencher has abstained in votes on the draft terms of reference of the Commission of Investigation into Mother and Baby Homes and Related Matters.

Libby Lane was named as the new bishop of Stockport last month

News in Brief

26 Jan A round up of stories from Ireland and around the world.

Mr Modi's custom suit was a point of mockery on social media

India's PM mocked for suit with name printed on it

26 Jan Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's daring fashion choices have won plaudits in the past, but his decision to wear a suit with his own name printed all over it sparked a barrage of mockery on social media.

Valerie O'Reilly, pictured in 2009, is on the board of the National Transport Authority

Lowry defends 'not bad looking' comment

26 Jan Independent TD Michael Lowry has said that he wrote a note to the Taoiseach, published in yesterday's Sunday Independent, asking him to re-appoint Valerie O'Reilly to the board of the National Transport Authority.

A victorious Alexis Tsipras greeted supporters at the party's main campaign platform in Athens

Anti-austerity Syriza party wins Greek election

25 Jan Greece will work with its EU-IMF creditors for a "viable" debt deal but is determined to leave behind "disastrous austerity," Syriza leader Alexis Tsipras said after his party won the general election.