A boat packed with mainly African migrants bound for Italy sank off the Libyan coast on Thursday and officials said up to 200 might have died. Photograph: Reuters/Hani Amara

Libya has recovered 105 bodies after a boat packed with migrants sank in the Mediterranean Sea, saying that almost 100 more people were missing and fe(...)

Maj Gen Michael Finn:  ‘It is a critical challenge to find ways to address the contentious issue of caveats and to maintain the integrity of peacekeeping missions into the future.’ Photograph: Peter Murtagh

Overseas missions are “vitally important” to the Defence Forces and help to project a very good image of Ireland internationally , according to a seni(...)

Michael D Higgins: “We need to confront the hegemonic ethic of individualism and insatiable consumption at the roots of our behaviour and replace it with a new thinking”. The President was speaking at  the Consciouness Summit in Paris.  Photograph: EPA/ETIENNE LAURENT

Two news items about climate change illustrate how public opinion is becoming more aware of the dangers in a year of major choices about how to mitiga(...)

Members of the Irish Army Ranger Wing in Goz Beida in Chad: meagre manpower and difficult terrain will benefit from  the ability to see via drones and telescopes attached to kites. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

While little-heralded, the significance of the battle the Naval Service is engaged in with international narcotics gangs cannot be overstated. In rece(...)

Nigeria’s president Muhammadu Buhari sacked his army, navy, air force and defence chiefs on Monday, a widely anticipated move as the former general has made defeating Islamist militant group Boko Haram his top priority.  Photograph: Afolabi Sotunde/Reuters.

Nigeria’s president Muhammadu Buhari sacked his army, navy, air force and defence chiefs on Monday, a widely anticipated move as the former general h(...)

People and soldiers stand outside a market in N’Djamena following a suicide bomb attack on Saturday. Photograph: Brahim Adji/AFP/Getty Images

A man dressed in a woman’s burqa blew himself up in the main market in Chad’s capital N’Djamena early on Saturday, killing 15 people and injuring 80, (...)

A photograph of houses burnt by Boko Haram fighters at Zabarmari, a fishing and farming village near Maiduguri, northeast Nigeria. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Two blasts hit the central Nigerian city of Jos on Sunday evening, one at a restaurant and another targeting a Muslim cleric who has disowned Islamist(...)

 UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has announced a review of how the body dealt with claims of child sexual abuse by soldiers from France, Chad and Equatorial Guinea in the Central African Republic. File photograph: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced on Wednesday that he would set up an external independent review of how the world body handled (...)

New Nigerian president Muhammadu Buhari arrives with his wife Aisha, before taking oath of office at the Eagles Square in Abuja on Friday. Photograph: Pius Utomi Ekpei/AFP/Getty Images.

New Nigerian president Muhammadu Buhari has vowed to eradicate the “mindless, godless” militant group Boko Haram and rescue hundreds of women and chil(...)

Returnees queue to board buses during an evacuation of Nigerians displaced by Boko Haram militants, at the camp for displaced people in Geidam, Yobe state. Photograph: Afolabi Sotunde/Reuters

A gunman opened fire on students after walking into a high school in Potiskum in northeast Nigeria, critically injuring six, witnesses and a humanitar(...)