A report by sanitation charity WaterAid and the World Health Organization says every year half a million babies die before they reach a month old due to a lack of clean water and safe sanitation.  Photograph: Danny Lawson/PA Wire

Over a third of hospitals and clinics in developing countries have nowhere for staff or patients to wash with soap, and almost 40 per cent have no sou(...)

Affidavit is admissible in commercial proceedings, even though place of business was described as “place of abode” Kearney v Bank of Scotland [2015]IE(...)

Key cases in brief

A bank is under no duty to inquire into and advise against a customer’s transactions Delaney vs Allied Irish Banks Plc (2015) IEHC 52 (High Court, Cre(...)

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(...)

Tina Turner has lived in Switzerland for nearly two decades and gave up her US citizenship in 2013. 2:03

Secret documents reveal that global banking giant HSBC profited from doing business with arms dealers who channeled mortar bombs to child soldiers in (...)

Maud Kells, a recipient of the OBE, was shot and wounded at her home in the Democratic Republic of Congo on Sunday night, January 4th, 2015. File photograph: WEC International

A 75-year-old Irish missionary shot and wounded at her home in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is in a stable condition in hospital.Maud Kells,(...)

Maud Kells, a recipient of the OBE,  was shot and wounded at her home in the Democratic Republic of Congo on Sunday night, January 4th, 2015. File photograph: WEC International

A 75-year-old Irish missionary has been shot and wounded at her home in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).Maud Kells, who recently received an OB(...)

Ireland’s air corps, navy and defence forces have released their statistics for 2014, which show that army bomb disposal units received 100 fewer call-outs than in 2013. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/The Irish Times

Army bomb disposal units received 100 fewer call-outs this year than in 2013, in an otherwise busy year for Ireland’s air corps, navy and defence forc(...)

 If you’ve (somehow) missed out on all those OITNB premiere parties, now is the time to get queuing

In the olden days, you had to leave your seat every three hours to change the DVD. Now, only the demands of bladder and nutrition need force you up(...)

Kenyan men work  on a road being built by China Wuyi, a Chinese state company: China has played a crucial role in Africa’s economic development over the past 15 years. Photograph: Antony Njuguna/Reuters

The crucial role China has played in Africa’s economic development over the past 15 years has become so pronounced that western countries now see it a(...)