Former Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi gave semtex explosives, guns and cash to the IRA

Libya violence halts visit by Irish delegation

17 Aug A group of Irish and British victims of Gaddafi-backed IRA bombing attacks have been forced to call off a planned delegation to Libya due to the worsening security situation there, RTÉ News has learned.

Pope Francis leads the beatification ceremony of 124 Korean martyrs (depicted on screen during the mass

Pope beatifies South Korean martyrs

16 Aug Pope Francis has beatified 124 South Korean martyrs, who were killed in the 18th and 19th centuries for refusing to renounce Christianity.

Pope Francis prayed for the re-unification of Korea during a youth rally

Pope urges Koreans to work for re-unification

15 Aug Pope Francis urged Koreans to pray and work for the re-unification of their divided peninsula, saying they should aim to reunite as one family "with no victors or vanquished".

Cardinal Seán Brady will turn 75 tomorrow

Brady tenders resignation ahead of 75th birthday

15 Aug The Catholic Primate of All Ireland, Cardinal Seán Brady, has confirmed that he has offered his resignation as Archbishop of Armagh to Pope Francis ahead of his 75th birthday, which falls tomorrow.

Iraqi Christians who fled the violence in the village of Qaraqush

UNSC calls for international help for Iraq

07 Aug The UN Security Council has condemned recent attacks by Islamic State militants in Iraq and called for international support for the country after the 15-member body held an emergency meeting on the situation.

Nearly 1.5 billion people live in poverty while another 800 million are teetering on the edge

2.2 billion people 'poor or near-poor' - UN

24 Jul More than 2.2 billion people are "poor or near-poor", with financial crises, natural disasters, soaring food prices and violent conflicts threatening to exacerbate the problem, a United Nations report has found.