African and Asian migrants play soccer at a migrant detention center in Mineo. This former residential base for American naval personnel in Sicily now mainly houses migrants from sub-Saharan Africa. Lynsey Addario/The New York Times

It is a bit like when you are driving through the Irish countryside on a quiet Sunday. You are in the thick of rural life when you come around a bend (...)

A file screengrab taken on May 12, 2014, from a video of Nigerian Islamist extremist group Boko Haram obtained by AFP shows girls, wearing the full-length hijab and praying in an undisclosed rural location. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images  1:41

Boko Haram Islamic militants have kidnapped at least 2,000 girls and women since the start of last year, turning them into cooks, sex slaves and fight(...)

Nigerians protest on the one   year anniversary of the kidnapping of hundreds of Nigerian school girls in Chibok, Abuja, Nigeria on Tuesday. Photograph: EPA 1:41

Nigeria’s president-elect Muhammadu Buhari vowed on Tuesday to make every effort to free more than 200 schoolgirls abducted by Boko Haram militants a (...)

A Croí  programmes manager said some 90 per cent of heart disease and stroke occurrence is due to risk factors such as smoking, diet and weight and physical activity levels - which means 90 per cent of it is preventable.

Migrant women from Poland, China and eight African states are participating in a health initiative in Galway which aims to raise awareness about heart(...)

John Teeling was issued with 9.7 million new shares to bring his stake to more than 15 per cent. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

Botswana Diamonds, the Africa-focused minerals explorer chaired by veteran investor John Teeling, has issued 15 million new shares to Mr Teeling and t(...)

Rival candidates in the Nigerian presidental election, President Goodluck Jonathan (left) and Muhammadu Buhari exchange a signed peace deal in Abuja on Thursday. About 800 people died in post-election violence in 2011 in which Mr Jonathan defeated Mr Buhari. Photograph: EPA/STR

Nigeria’s president Goodluck Jonathan warned against violence ahead of Saturday’s presidential election as people stockpiled food, cash and fuel for f(...)

Nigerian military on patrol in an area reclaimed from Boko Haram. Officials say the Islamist group kidnapped hundreds of civilians while retreating from Damasak in the northeast of Nigeria. Photograph: EPA/STR

Hundreds of civilians, including many children, have been kidnapped by Boko Haram extremists who are using them as human shields in Nigeria, officials(...)

A Nigerian soldier covers his face at a mass grave in the recently retaken town of Damasak, Nigeria, March 20th, 2015. Photograph: Reuters/Emmanuel Braun

Soldiers from Niger and Chad who liberated the Nigerian town of Damasak from Boko Haram militants have discovered the bodies of at least 70 people (...)

Nigerien soldiers hold up a Boko Haram flag that they seized in the recently retaken town of Damasak. Photograph: Emmanuel Braun /Reuters

Soldiers from Niger and Chad who liberated the Nigerian town of Damasak from Boko Haram militants have discovered the bodies of at least 70 people,(...)

Minister of State for Equality Aodhán Ó Ríordáin: Government moving to prohibit discrimination against tenants in receipt of rent supplement. Photograph: The Irish Times

More than 600 successful asylum seekers are unable to leave direct provision accommodation across the State due to the current housing crisis.The Depa(...)