Minister for Children Frances Fitzgerald said there are approximately 1,000 applicants who wish to adopt in Ireland. Photograph: Alan Betson

The only children being placed for intercountry adoption are increasingly those with special needs, a conference was told yesterday. Lau(...)

 ‘Hunger steals a child’s future. The effects of hunger do not stop there. Hunger exacts a heavy toll on national economies.’ Photograph: Roberto Schmidt/AFP/Getty Images

It is a tragedy that in today’s world hunger still threatens the lives and livelihoods of millions of people, devastating children’s futures as(...)

The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine began the research into malaria and climate change  20 years ago. Photograph: PA

An international team of scientists has proven there is a direct link between climate change and the incidence of malaria. It shows that tens o(...)

Children displaced by the unrest in Bor county play around boats in the port of Minkaman. 
Up to 10,000 people are believed to have been killed in 
the

the 
violence
 in South Sudan
, aid sources and analysts estimate. It has also displaced 413,000, 
according to

according to 
the UN
.  Photograph: Andreea Campeanu/Reuters

More than 200 women and children drowned when their overloaded boat capsized on the Nile as they scrambled to escape fighting in South Sudan, offic(...)

Our man in Riyadh: Enda Kenny with Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud (right), Saudi Arabia’s deputy prime minister and minister for defence

It rained a bit, and according to RTÉ’s correspondent the driving in Saudi Arabia was a bit hair-raising – women drivers, eh? – but it looked like a j(...)

President of South Sudan Salva Kiir (left) welcomes his Sudanese counterpart Omar al-Bashir (centre) in Juba, South Sudan, for talks to aid efforts for a ceasefire deal. Photograph: Phillip Dhil

President of Sudan Omar al-Bashir has arrived in Juba for talks with his South Sudanese counterpart Salva Kiir, while China has called for an immed(...)

US citizens board a Marine Corps plane during a partial evacuation of the US embassy in Juba, South Sudan. Photograph: Staff Sgt Robert L Fisher III/ US Marines via The New York Times

An African official who is working to organise peace talks between warring parties in South Sudan said that direct talks between the sides have been d(...)

Displaced people who fled the recent fighting between government and rebel forces in Bor prepare to sleep in the open at night in the town of Awerial, South Sudan, on Wednesday. Photograph: Ben Curtis/AP

South Sudan’s government and rebels finally began talks today to end weeks of bloodletting after days of delay as the United States ordered out more o(...)

A South Sudan army soldier stands next to a machine gun mounted on a truck in Malakal town, 497km (308 miles) northeast of the capital, Juba, earlier this week. Photograph: James Akena/Reuters

Rebels in South Sudan are forcibly recruiting civilians to march on the capital, the military said, even as representatives of the warring factions ga(...)

Fionnuala Britton: claimed a podium place in Brussels. Photo: Sasa Pahic Szabo/Inpho

She at least made the podium this time and with that perhaps Fionnuala Britton made up for some of her disappointment at the European Cross Country – (...)

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