Yemeni anti-terrorism activists hold a banner reading in Arabic: ‘No to armed militias, No to terrorism, No to Violence’ during a rally against the control by Shiite Houthi fighters of the country’s main cities. Photograph: Yahya Arhab/Epa

The number of lives lost to terrorist attacks increased by 61 per cent in a single year, according to the second edition of the Global Terrorism Index(...)

A cleaner cleans the windows of Portuguese bank Banco Espirito Santo (BES) headquarters in downtown Lisbon. Photograph: Hugo Correia/Reuters

Goldman Sachs made a $835 million loan to Banco Espírito Santo a month before Portugal’s largest listed lender by value was bailed out in a complic(...)

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar: as a doctor, he  says he understands “the medicine and politics” of his new portfolio. Photograph: Alan Betson

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar has said one of the main challenges in his new job will be bringing budgets into line, but added he will not be able(...)

Prof Filipe Ribeiro de Meneses of NUI Maynooth. Photograph: Eric Luke

Portugal today marks the 40th anniversary of the revolution that freed it from dictatorship. As it does so, new information is emerging about w(...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel and Burundian president Pierre Nkurunziza during the fourth EU-Africa summit of heads of state at the European Council headquarters in Brussels yesterday. Photograph: Olivier Hoslet/EPA

Minister of State for Trade and Development Joe Costello was one of a number of EU politicians and African heads of states gathered in Brussel(...)

Glenn Ford, a California native who did occasional yard work for murdered jewellery shop owner Isadore Rozeman, was found guilty in 1984 and was sentenced to die by electrocution, then the state’s method of execution.

A Louisiana man who has spent nearly three decades on death row walked free yesterday after prosecutors asked a judge to set aside his first-degree(...)

Medecins Sans Frontieres staff  treat a suspected Ebola patient in the isolation unit of Kampungu in Congo. Photograph: Reuters

While Ireland’s missionaries and aid volunteers have played a disproportionate role in ministering to Africa’s poorest, few travel memoirs have been w(...)

The Mozambican Airlines plane was bound for Angola with six crew members and 27 passengers on board. Image: Google Maps

Preliminary investigations into a November plane crash that killed 33 people show that the pilot intentionally brought the Mozambican plane down, an a(...)

An internally displaced man holds his son inside a United Nations Missions in Sudan (UNMIS) compound in Juba today. South Sudanese government troops battled to regain control of a flashpoint town and sent forces to quell fighting in a vital oil producing area today, the fifth day of a conflict that that has deepended ethnic divisions in the two-year-old nation. Photograph: Goran Tomasevic/Reuters
UN base in South Sudan stormed
  • Africa
  • December 19, 2013, 16:19

A United Nations base sheltering civilians in South Sudan was stormed today, with peacekeepers among the believed casualties. The compound of the UN m(...)

A worthy choice

The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) is a worthy recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize announced yesterday, by virtue of the s(...)