A political rally in Burundi for President Pierre Nkurunziza:  Africa’s recent history at holding leaders to account does not inspire confidence. Photograph: Tyler Hicks/The New York Times

A number of African presidents have suggested a new continental court is required for dealing with regional leaders accused of serious abuse of power,(...)

The Naval Service patrol ship LÉ Niamh has rescued 98 migrants from a rubber craft in the Mediterranean on its first mission since taking up humanitarian rescue duty.

The Naval Service patrol ship LÉ Niamh has rescued over 360 migrants from the Mediterranean in its first two missions since taking up station in the a(...)

Oban waterfront, Scotland: From Oban you  can take the ferry to the Mull of Kintyre. Photograph: Thinkstock

I’m keen to visit the monastic island of Iona in the Inner Hebrides of Scotland for what essentially would be a penitential visit of a few days. I (...)

Egyptian Muslims perform Eid-al-Fitr prayers in front of mosques in the old Islamic area of Cairo, Egypt. Photograph: Amr Abdallah Dalsh/Reuters.

Six supporters of Egypt’s outlawed Muslim Brotherhood were killed in clashes with police near the Giza pyramids in Cairo on Friday, security source(...)

Stephen Wheeler, managing director of SSE Airtricity. “Our model can’t just be about selling electricity, it’s actually providing an essential service to our customers.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne

SSE Airtricity is on course to building the biggest wind farm in the State. The local subsidiary of British utility, Scottish and Southern Energy, (...)

Omar Sharif performing in the film Sayyidat al-Qasr (Lady of the Palace) in 1958. Photograph: Alyoum Alsaba/EPA

Omar Sharif, who has died at the age of 83, will be best remembered for a film sequence in which, for much of its duration, he is barely visible on sc(...)

Among the leaked emails, files and digital records were four emails sent between members of the Defence Forces and employees of the company. Photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Emails sent between members of the Defence Forces and a company specialising in hacking and eavesdropping have been leaked online. A Defence Forces (...)

Syrian children are carried by a truck in east of Kobane in Syria on June 22nd  2015. Photograph: EPA

The number of Syrian refugees in neighbouring countries has passed 4 million, the UN refugee agency UNHCR said on Thursday, adding that the total w(...)

Senator Mark Daly, Fianna Fáil, meeting with the Halawa sisters from left; Nosayba, Fatima, Omaima and Somaia Halawa at Leinster House, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan has reiterated that the final decision to release Irish teenager Ibrahim Halawa (19), who has been detai(...)

Omaima (left), Fatima and Somaia Halawa, sisters of Irish teenager Ibrahim Halawa, campaigning for his release from prison in Egypt. File photograph: Aidan Crawley

Barristers examining the case of Ibrahim Halawa believe the release of the Irish teenager, who has been detained in Egypt for almost two years, could (...)