Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has said Iran "will not accept excessive and illogical demands"

Iran rejects US calls for nuclear freeze

11.38 Iran has rejected what officials described as an "unacceptable" demand by US President Barack Obama that Tehran freeze its sensitive nuclear activities for at least 10 years, the semi-official Fars news agency reported.

A health worker prepares to remove a corpse from a house in Freetown, Sierra Leone

World leaders gather for Ebola summit

10.33 A major international conference on Ebola is taking place in Brussels today - nearly a year after the epidemic claimed its first victims in west Africa.

John Kerry warned Sergei Lavrov about further sanctions if pro-Russian rebels didn't honour the ceasefire

Kerry warns 'consequences' over ceasefire deal

02 Mar US Secretary of State John Kerry has told Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov that Moscow and pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine must implement a ceasefire or face "consequences" that could further hit Russia's faltering economy.

Thousands of people have gathered in Moscow to march in memory of Boris Nemtsov

Thousands march to honour murdered politician

01 Mar Tens of thousands of Russians marched through central Moscow today, carrying banners declaring "I am not afraid" and chanting "Russia without Putin" in memory of murdered Kremlin critic Boris Nemtsov.

James Reilly has said he will seek legal advice over the blockage of certain firms from working in his department

Plan to penalise firms backing big tobacco queried

01 Mar Former attorney general Michael McDowell has said he thinks it would be unlawful for the Government to seek to impose blanket bans on legal firms who act for big tobacco from tendering for legal services advertised by the State.

The International Airlines Group is seeking a takeover of Aer Lingus

Labour backs motion rejecting IAG's Aer Lingus bid

01 Mar The Labour Party has overwhelmingly passed a motion calling on the Government to reject a bid by the International Airlines Group for shares in Aer Lingus if concerns about the sale are not addressed.

Greek euro coins at an art exhibition in Germany

German finance minister says Greece needs time

01 Mar German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble said today that Greece's government needs "a bit of time" but is committed to implementing necessary reforms to resolve its debt crisis.

A group of European ambassadors and officials visit the site of the killing of Boris Nemtsov in Moscow

Putin promises action after politician murdered

28 Feb Russian President Vladimir Putin has vowed to do everything possible to bring to justice those responsible for the "vile" murder of opposition politician Boris Nemtsov in a drive-by shooting near the Kremlin.

Joan Burton addressed the national conference in Killarney tonight

Burton defends Labour's record in government

28 Feb Labour leader Joan Burton has defended the party's record in Government and appealed to voters to give her party a second term in government to build "a decade of opportunity".

Hamas is an offshoot of Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood

Egypt deems Hamas a terrorist group

28 Feb An Egyptian court has listed the Palestinian group Hamas as a terrorist organisation, one month after a judge listed the group's armed wing as a terrorist group.

Joan Burton said the Labour Party has risen to the challenge of rescuing the country in a dark and difficult hour

Labour facing tough election fight - Burton

27 Feb Labour's fight for a second term in Government will be tough and will take courage, the party's leader Joan Burton has told delegates at the party's national conference in Killarney.

The compensation proposal was moved to Democratic Governor Terry McAuliffe for consideration

Virginia in forced sterilisation payout

27 Feb Virginia is to pay survivors of a forced sterilisation programme $25,000 (€22,300) each in compensation under a measure approved by the US state's legislature.

Benjamin Netanyahu accused world powers of abandoning a pledge to prevent Tehran from getting a nuclear bomb

US-Israeli row deepens ahead of Netanyahu's speech

26 Feb US officials have said Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's outspoken condemnation of efforts to secure an Iranian nuclear deal had injected destructive partisanship into US-Israeli relations.

Frances Fitzgerald made the comments in the Dáil this afternoon

Minister open to automatic guardianship

26 Feb The group that represents unmarried parents has welcomed comments by Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald indicating that she is open to considering automatic guardianship for fathers who are not cohabiting.

By the end of 2014 only 150,000 Syrian refugees were living in EU states

Amnesty condemns failure to protect civilians

25 Feb Amnesty International has condemned world leaders for what it termed their "shameful and ineffective" failure to protect civilians from groups like Islamic State, calling 2014 a "catastrophic" year.