Migrants arriving at Porto Empedocle in Sicily after being rescued approx 40km off the Libyian coast by a Dutch freighter the Dinteldijk. Photograph: Frank Miller / The Irish Times

Governments must focus on saving lives rather than keeping foreigners out at a time when more people than ever are embarking on risky sea crossings in(...)

Italian marines prepare to check and document African migrants after transporting them from a commercial ship to a navy vessel in the Mediterranean Sea between Italy and Libya early in October   2014. Photograph: Lynsey Addario/The New York Times)

The Italian navy will continue a search and rescue mission which has saved the lives of an estimated 150,000 refugees because no order has been receiv(...)

File image taken from video by Nigeria’s Boko Haram terrorist network, shows the alleged missing girls abducted from the northeastern town of Chibok. Refugees from Nigeria  come primarily from the north, where they are fleeing the activities Boko Haram. Photograph: AP Photo/File

The African migrants trying to reach the shores of Sicily in recent months are primarily from six countries across the continent, five of which are ri(...)

Refugees leave the Italian Navy ship ‘Etna’, which rescued some  2,186 migrants off the Sicily coasts, as it arrives in Salerno, Southern Italy today. Photograph: Cesare Abbate/EPA.

Nineteen people died trying to reach Italy on a boat packed with hundreds of migrants, probably poisoned by carbon monoxide fumes from its engines, th(...)

At war: soldiers at the docks in Massawa in 1935. Photograph: Mondadori via Getty

The blurb on this book declares it to be a story of “love and war and of finding hope in the midst of chaos”, and although The Good Italian is a love (...)

Trust director Alice Leahy: “We are now coming across conditions long disappeared since the advent of good food, eg malnutrition, trench foot and impetigo – conditions clearly associated with extreme poverty.” Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Conditions associated with malnutrition are now becoming evident among the homeless in Dublin, according to Alice Leahy, director of Trust the home(...)

Meb Keflezighi is congratulated after winning the men’s division of the Boston Marathon. He described the crowd as phenomenal” and said: “I used them to propel me forward.” Photograph: Reuters/Brian Snyder

Record crowds basked in bright sunshine to cheer on runners in the second largest field in the Boston Marathon’s 118-year history as this proud(...)

African migrants take part in a rally in Tel Aviv yesterday. The Israeli government has adopted a controversial policy of “voluntary deportation”, in which migrants are paid to leave, either to their country of origin or a third country.  Photograph: Uriel Sinai/Getty Images

Tens of thousands of African asylum seekers have rallied in Tel Aviv protesting against a recent crackdown by the Israeli authorities, which has resul(...)

Lariam, chemical name mefloquine, has been issued to Irish soldiers to combat malaria since 2001 when it was prescribed for those going to Eritrea.

A report on the use of controversial anti-malarial drug Lariam received by Minister for Defence Alan Shatter is “legally privileged” and will not be p(...)

The body of a drowned migrant is unloaded  in the port of Lampedusa early this month. Photograph: AP

In the last 10 years, 6,200 immigrants have died off the coast of Sicily, most of them North African refugees, some of them economic migrants, all of (...)