South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir (right) is congratulated by Kenya’s president Uhuru Kenyatta and Ethiopia’s prime minister Hailemariam Desalegn after signing a peace agreement in South Sudan’s capital, Juba, on Wednesday. Photograph: Jok Solomun/Reuters

South Sudan’s president has signed a peace deal to end a 20-month conflict with rebels, but he told regional African leaders at the ceremony he still(...)

Went to see that film Love & Mercy recently. It’s a biopic (biographical picture) and the subject is genius singer-song writer Brian Wilson, th(...)

Mark English through to the semi-finals of the 800m in Beijing. Photograph: Tommy Grealy/Inpho

Things didn’t go entirely to plan for Mark English in the opening session of the World Athletics Championships in Beijing, although after a slightly a(...)

Bob Marley: his popularity spread the Rasta  gospel. Photograph: Peter Still/Redferns

Music and religion have long made for a potent mix. In the case of reggae and the Rastafari religion, the links go deep, as a new compilation from (...)

 President Michael D Higgins. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times 3:44

President Michael D Higgins has described the EU’s response to the migrant crisis in the Mediterranean as “grossly inadequate” and “shameful”. Mr H(...)

Migrants walk in the direction of the Eurotunnel terminal  near Calais, northern France. Photograph: Philippe Huguen/AFP/Getty Images 10:11

When several thousand Irish construction workers were involved in building the Channel Tunnel more than 25 years ago, tabloid newspapers reported o(...)

This may be the most righteous compilation to come from the Soul Jazz stable to date, as they focus on links between the Rastafarian religion and r(...)

An Eritrean mother with child waits for an opportunity to cross the fences to the tracks as French police tries to block access on the outskirts of Calais, France. Photograph: Etienne Laurent/EPA

After months of negotiations, the 193 United Nations member states have agreed on the new global Sustainable Development Goals which are to be adopted(...)

A 560,000-year-old tooth found by two archaeological students  at the Arago cave, near Tauvatel in southwest France. Photograph: Denis Dainat/EPA

A French student has found an adult tooth dating back about 560,000 years in southwest France, in what researchers are hailing as a major discovery. V(...)

US president Barack Obama with African Union chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma (right) arrives to speak about security and economic issues and US-Africa relations at the African Union headquarters in Addis Ababa on Tuesday. Photograph: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images

Barack Obama has made a scathing attack on Africa’s culture of presidents-for-life, urging the continent’s leaders to follow the example of George W(...)