Workers from Médecins Sans Frontières prepare isolation and treatment areas in Gueckedou, Guinea. Photograph: AP Photo/Kjell Gunnar Beraas, MSF

Guinea faces an ebola epidemic on an unprecedented scale as it battles to contain confirmed cases now scattered across several locations that a(...)

The death chamber and the  viewing room are seen at the federal penitentiary in Huntsville in Texas. Photograph: Reuters

Despite a long-term decline in the number of countries practicing capital punishment, publicly disclosed executions jumped nearly 15 per cent in 20(...)

A South Sudan army soldier stands next to a machine gun mounted on a truck in Malakal, a town 500km northeast of the country’s capital Juba. Photogaph James Akena/Reuters

The US special envoy to South Sudan has said the country’s warring factions have agreed to attend peace talks in Ethiopia. Donald Booth told reporters(...)

Denmark and New Zealand were found to be the least corrupt on the Transparency International Corruption Perceptions Index for 2013. Image: Transparency International

Ireland is ranked number 21 out of 177 countries named on the annual ‘corruption’ index published by Transparency International, up from a ranking of (...)

Sabina Higgins: expressed gratitude to the missionaries for their “outstanding contribution” in many countries throughout the world

Irish missionaries who have each served between 40 and 60 years abroad were honoured at a special awards ceremony in Dublin City Hall yesterday. An in(...)

President of Gambia Yahya Jammeh addresses the  United Nations 68th session of the General Assembly at UN headquarters in New York last week. Photograph: Shannon Stapleton/Reuters

The West African nation of Gambia has announced it is withdrawing from the Commonwealth, saying it will “never be a member of any neo-colonial institu(...)

Adventures in Sierra Leone

It might have been a box-office hit, but Leo di Caprio’s Blood Diamonds cut a deep scar on Sierra Leone’s international reputation. The savage civil w(...)