A man carries bread as he walks past damaged buildings in Aleppo’s al-Ansari al-Sharqi neighborhood December 2, 2013. Photograph: Mahmoud Hebbo/Reuters.

One morning in mid-2014, before the summer sun had reached its peak, two elderly men in Aleppo, Syria, sat on plastic chairs, chatting quietly and dr(...)

The State has been ranked the 19th happiest country on the planet in a new report. File photograph: ThinkStock

The State has been ranked the 19th happiest country on the planet in a new report, which also found that Irish positivity has prevailed in the face of(...)

Esther Camara: “Today I can dream again.” Photograph: Alan Betson

Life in direct provision is a waiting game. Every single day you check the post for that brown envelope. Esther Camara from Guinea waited six years f(...)

Síofra O’Leary  Judge, European Court of Human Rights Síofra O’Leary is an Irish lawyer who was appointed a judge at the European Court of Hum(...)

‘So how did whoever do on whatever debate? I don’t know. And I’m not sure if it matters.’ Photograph: Maxwell/AFP/Getty Images

Last week, I was trying to sleep on a hard bed in the stifling heat somewhere in the middle of nowhere in west Africa, trying to figure out where my I(...)

Health workers fumigate in an attempt to eradicate the mosquito which transmits the Zika virus on Thursday in Recife, Pernambuco state, Brazil. Zika was first confirmed in Brazil – a country of 200 million – last May, and it spread like wildfire Photograph:  Mario Tama/Getty Images

The World Health Organisation has warned that the Zika virus is “spreading explosively” in the Americas and that as many as four million people could (...)

 Ebola was survived by 28,000 people but many still have medical complications and are socially ostracised. Photograph: Tara Todras-Whitehill/The New York Times

On Thursday the World Health Organisation declared that the deadliest of Ebola outbreaks was over in west Africa. No new cases have emerged in Liberi(...)

Rick Brennan, WHO director of emergency risk assessment and humanitarian response, speaks during a press conference at the European headquarters of the United Nations on Thursday. Photograph: Martial Trezzini/Keystone via AP

The World Health Organisation has declared the end of the Ebola endemic in west Africa, with all known chains of transmission of the virus stopped. T(...)

Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF)  staff wearing protective clothing treating the body of an Ebola victim at their facility in Kailahun, Sierra Leone, in August 2014. The epidemic killed more than 11,300 people out of 28,600 cases. Photograph: Carl De Souza/AFP/Getty Images

The World Health Organisation has announced an end to the latest flare-up of the Ebola virus in Liberia, a milestone that marks the first time since t(...)

Medical workers present Noubia (centre), the last known patient to contract Ebola in Guinea, during her release from a Doctors Without Borders treatment center in Conakry on November 28th, 2015. The 34-day-old baby, officially declared treated on November 16th, was presented by personal from the treatment center, with applause, during an emotional ceremony, in the presence of her family. Photograph: Getty

Guinea was declared free of Ebola on Tuesday after more than 2,500 people died from the virus in the West African nation, leaving Liberia as the only (...)