Who dares to step out of line? “The almost universal experience of Irish whistleblowers, in both public and private sectors – whether they be soldiers, gardaí, nurses, midwives, priests or even journalists – is the immediate destruction of their chosen career path.” Photograph: Alan Betson

Speaking out against wrongdoing in the workplace should be commended, not vilified

A pair of bound hands and a breathing hole in the snow at Yangji, Korea, on January 27th, 1951 reveal the presence of the body of a Korean civilian shot and left to die by retreating communists during the Korean War. Photograph: AP Photo/Max Desfor

Book details military, political, sociological and ongoing global impact of a ‘forgotten war’

Tom Clonan with his son Eoghan (11) and Duke, Eoghan’s assistance dog, at home in Booterstown, south Dublin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Seriously ill Eoghan (11), who is treated at the clinic, had to wait a year for a new wheelchair

UN chemical weapons experts wearing gas masks inspect one of the sites of an alleged chemical weapons attack in the Damascus’ suburb of Zamalka – “the  US has estimated that Syria possesses approximately 1,000 metric tons of chemical agent such as the neurotoxin Sarin and other variants including VX gas.” PHOTOGRAPH:  REUTERS/MOHAMMAD ABDULLAH

Regime ought to be able to produce inventory within one-week deadline

A history of the incendiary gel, often used against civilians, shows how it became a symbol of US terror

Mourners carry the body of a 17-year-old boy, in Hermel, Lebanon, on Tuesday. The boy was killed in a rocket attack on the village, which is near the Syrian border. Photograph: Bryan Denton/The New York Times

Analysis: The international community must act to dampen rising tensions

Free Syrian Army fighters prepare to launch a rocket in Deir al-Zor. International estimates put the number of Free Syrian Army fighters and assorted jihadists at about 70,000. Photograph: Reuters/Khalil Ashawi

Analysis: it is not clear what supplying weapons to the opposition might achieve

Iraqi policemen examine the remains of a car bomb in Baghdad’s Sadr City yesterday. A series of co-ordinated car bombs and blasts hit Shia  districts across Baghdad and south of the Iraqi capital, killing at least 50 people on the 10th anniversary of the US-led invasion. Photograph: Qahtan al-Sudani/Reuters

At least 50 people die in series of car bombs on Iraq invasion 10th anniversary

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