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(...)

Health workers in protective suits unload Dr Martin Salia, a surgeon working in Sierra Leone who had been diagnosed with Ebola, from an ambulance at the Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha. Photograph: Brian C Frank/Reuters

A physician infected with the Ebola virus is in “extremely critical condition” at the Nebraska Medical Center where he arrived yesterday to receive(...)

“A fully-fledged UN mission, with Irish troops participating, could have an effective role rather than the current scattergun approach.” Photograph: Kate Geraghty/The Irish Times

A call has been made for the Government to reassess the effectiveness of the Defence Forces in overseas missions amid claims of a “scattergun” poli(...)

President Michael D Higgins with Dr Nkosazana Dalmini Zuma, chairwoman of the African Union Commission at the African Union HQ in Addis Ababa Ethiopia. Photograph: Chris Bellew/Fennell.

The use of traditional culture as a cover for abuse of human rights was rejected by members of the African Union Commission at a meeting with Presiden(...)

Nina Pham – who contracted Ebola after treating a Liberian man – pictured in a frame grab from video provided by Texas Health Resources at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas. Photograph: AP

1976 — A school teacher in Zaire, now the Democratic Republic of Congo, becomes the first documented person to contract the Ebola virus and later dies(...)

A woman crawls towards the body of her sister as Ebola burial team members take her for cremation in Monrovia, Liberia. Photograph:  John Moore/Getty Images

The number of people known to have died in the worst Ebola outbreak on record had risen to 4,033 out of 8,399 cases in seven countries by Wednesday of(...)