US president Barack Obama delivers a statpment in  White House in  on Thursday in which he apologised for a counterterrorism operation in January that accidentally killed two aid workers held hostage by al Qaeda. Photograph: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

US president Barack Obama expressed his “deepest apologies” on behalf of his government over the killing of two aid workers, an American and an Itali(...)

It was clear to all last October what the disbanding of Italy’s “Mare Nostrum” search and rescue mission meant. Perhaps EU leaders were able to delude(...)

 Minister of State for Overseas Development Assistance Seán Sherlock, who said that the Rapid  Response Corps played a key role in the State’s humanitarian response strategy. Irish Aid has called for skilled volunteers to consider joining the corps. File photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Irish Aid is calling for skilled and experienced volunteers to consider joining the Irish Rapid Response Corps as part of the Government’s programme f(...)

 Mayeli Hernandez who was forced to leave    Honduras as a 12-year-old due to increasing violence. Amnesty International governments paid lip-service to protecting civilians last year while “failing miserably”. Photograph: Alex Wong/Getty

Last year was “devastating” for human rights across the world and the United Nations did too little to protect them, according to Amnesty Internation(...)

Miners dig for diamons in Zimbabwe. As a compact, stable, and transferable store of value, diamonds offer enormous advantages to smugglers, money launderers, and tax evaders. 2:03

In the spring of 2005, Erez Daleyot, a Belgian-Israeli diamond tycoon with some dubious connections, paid a visit to his Swiss bankers at HSBC Private(...)

Dominic Ongwen, a senior Lord’s Resistance Army commander is being  handed over to the International Criminal Court to stand trial. Photograph: Reuters

A commander of the Ugandan Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) wanted for war crimes was transferred to the International Criminal Court in The Hague on Tues(...)

Members of the “anti-Balaka” Christian militia in Bangui, Central African Republic, last year. The UN commission accuses the militia of war crimes and the ethnic cleansing of Muslims. Photograph: Fred Dufour/AFP

A United Nations commission of inquiry says it has found evidence of ethnic cleansing of Muslims in the Central African Republic, but it could not pro(...)

Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade Charlie Flanagan announced the Government will provide €3.2m in urgent humanitarian aid to communities in CAR, Chad and Yemen. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The Government will provide €3.2 million in urgent humanitarian assistance to communities affected by conflict and drought in the Central African Repu(...)

Fr Bernard Kinvi: running a mission in Bossemptele, in the Central African Republic,  that includes a hospital, school and church.

Outside the doors of the historic Courtroom 600 in Nuremberg, where Germany’s Nazis were tried for carrying out humanity’s worst crimes almost 70 y(...)

Aid agencies have assessed that 78 million people are in need of assistance. Above, a displaced boy, who fled from Islamic State violence in Mosul, stands in refugee camp on the outskirts of the Kurdish city of Arbil. Photograph:  Azad Lashkari/Reuters

Struggling to cope with record numbers of victims of conflict, the United Nations appealed Monday for $16.4 billion (€13.3 billion) to finance humanit(...)