‘Is there anyone who does not regard Nina Pham and her fellow workers as astounding human beings?’ Above, US President Barack Obama hugged Ebola survivor Nina Pham last week. Photograph: Larry Downing/Reuters

Opinion: When Nina Pham mentioned God, the keyboard warriors bestirred themselves just long enough to read the prayer headline

Photograph: Eric Luke

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‘In 10 months’ time, Oscar Pistorius  will be 28, probably fit enough and gritty enough  to resume competitive running. Will he be embraced as someone who has done – or is doing — his time or will he be shunned?’ Above, Pistorius is led to a prison van after his sentencing in Pretoria yesterday. Photograph:  Mike Hutchings/Reuters

Opinion: In 10 months’ time, he will be 28, probably fit enough and gritty enough to resume competitive running

Amy Chua, author of Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother

Children need inner strength to survive in a tough world, says‘Tiger Mother’ author

Family time: three out of every four people surveyed about their end-of-life wishes said they would like to die at home, surrounded by loved ones. Photograph: Sebastien Bozon/AFP/Getty

Ireland supposedly ‘does death well’. But a new survey suggests that it’s a modern taboo – and that end-of-life care in this count(...)

‘If Alex Ferguson and Roy Keane (above, in 2007) were women, how would the reaction to all the “snidey” point-scoring in their book-selling blitzes differ from that accorded to the men?’ Photograph:  Matthew Peters/Manchester United via Getty Images

Opinion: Keane and Ferguson claim attention as water protests grow

Sale of Co Kildare property follows €22m court judgement

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‘Politicians do not exist in isolation from society. How many people have never sought special consideration from a politician or a “contact” for example? When it works for them, it’s called having a “good constituency worker”. When it works for someone else, it’s called cronyism.’ Photograph: Getty Images

Opinion: Is there an Irish person who has never sniffed cronyism while job-seeking?

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