We’ve moved on from discomfort or embarrassment about using technology to connect with other people.

About three years ago, I was sitting with a female friend in a bar on a frantic Saturday night in Dublin. By the end of the night, several worse-for-(...)

 Zimbabwean men attempt to get a malnourished cow on its feet in rural Masvingo, on January 21st, 2016. Photograph: Philimon Bulawayo/Reuters

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe has declared a state of disaster in most rural parts of the country severely hit by drought. There are now 2.44 (...)

A file image showing members of the German Navy watching the radar in the operations room of the frigate ‘Bayern’ in port at Limassol.  There is currently no comprehensive system to track shipments and cargos through EU ports and along its approximately 70,000km of coastline. Photograph: Getty

As Europe’s politicians struggle to control a deepening migrant crisis and staunch the rising threat of Islamist terrorism on their borders, little at(...)

President Michael D Higgins (second right) with former Tanzanian president Benjamin Mkapa (left), former South African president Thabo Mbeki,  and Salman Khurshid, former Indian minister for justice. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Ireland’s revolutionary period was cited as inspirational by retired politicians from three former British colonies during a discussion, After Empire,(...)

Flight D3159 was taking off from Mogadishu on Tuesday when the explosion occurred. Photograph: Google Maps

Two passengers were injured in an explosion that blew a hole in the fuselage of a commercial plane taking off from Mogadishu on Tuesday, an airline re(...)

A warning from the World Health Organisation (WHO) that the Zika virus is “spreading explosively” has global implications. Although a mild illness for(...)

The statue of Cecil Rhodes on the front of Oriel College in Oxford, as furious campaigners have vowed to fight the “outrageous” decision to keep the statue of the British colonialist on the front of the Oxford University college.  Photoagraph: Steve Parsons/PA

Oriel College Oxford has been accused of putting the money of big donors before students’ free speech after it announced that it would not remove a st(...)

Britain’s prime minister David Cameron: Those people in France should be claiming asylum in France. Photograph: Stefan Wermuth/Reuters

Britain has agreed to take in some unaccompanied child refugees from Syria and Africa, including some who have already reached Europe. But the plan (...)

World Health Organization Director-General Margaret Chan attends the WHO meeting on Zika virus in Geneva, Switzerland on Thursday. Photograph: Denis Balibouse/Reuters

The World Health Organization (WHO) expects the Zika virus, which is spreading through the Americas, to affect between three million and four million (...)

Members of the  Save Roscommon campaign.

On a map, the 30 sq km of Roscommon that is being proposed as an addition to Westmeath looks like a square wedge marked off by one of those colonial l(...)