Irish Sports Council chief executive John Treacy says criminalising doping should be considered. Photograph: Inpho

The chief executive of the Irish Sports Council (ISC), John Treacy, believes that criminalising athletes who deliberately cheat in sport by taking pr(...)

South Africans gather  outside a hostel during anti-immigrant  violence in Johannesburg. South Africa has sought diplomatic support from  African nations to defeat the ‘demon’ of anti-immigrant violence in the country.  Photograph: Siphiwe Sibeko/Reuters

South Africa sought diplomatic support from countries across Africa to defeat the “demon” of anti-immigrant violence in the country, in which at least(...)

A Croí  programmes manager said some 90 per cent of heart disease and stroke occurrence is due to risk factors such as smoking, diet and weight and physical activity levels - which means 90 per cent of it is preventable.

Migrant women from Poland, China and eight African states are participating in a health initiative in Galway which aims to raise awareness about heart(...)

The eastern bongo population has been decimated by humans hunting for meat and horns combined with habitat loss caused by agriculture and uncontrolled timber felling. Photograph: Patrick Bolger/Dublin Zoo

Dublin Zoo is celebrating the birth of an eastern bongo calf from one of the world’s most endangered species. The calf, weighing in at 20kgs, was born(...)

Shaykh Umar Al-Qadri from the Al Mustafa Islamic Centre, Dublin. Photograph: Patrick Browne

A Dublin Muslim leader has condemned the killing and persecution of Christians as contrary to the explicit teachings of Muhammad. Shaykh Umar Al-Qadri(...)

 Kenyans sit around candles and messages for the victims of the  Garissa University College killings as they  attend a candlelight vigil held for the 148 people who died in the attack. Photograph: Dai Kurokawa/EPA.

Kenyan university students marched in the capital on Tuesday to demand more security from the government after gunmen killed 148 people at a campus i(...)

Ethiopian troops escort a convoy of trucks carrying food aid in Baidoa, Somalia, on June 10th, 2014. Despite a broad international military campaign to dislodge the Shabab from its strongholds in Somalia, the group has adapted, evolved and remains deadly. Photograph: Daniel Berehulak/The New York Times

They have lost their leader, their ports, their checkpoints and their territory. They have lost thousands of men and much of their money. They do not (...)

A woman prays during a special Easter mass at the Holy Family Basilica Catholic Church for the victims of the Garissa University attack in Nairobi. Photograph:Thomas Mukoya/Reuters

The Kenyan air force has bombed two al Shabaab camps in Somalia, a Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) source said, in the first major military response to las(...)

Pope Francis waves at the end of the Easter mass in St Peter’s Square at the Vatican. Photograph: Max Rossi/Reuters.

Pope Francis made an appeal for peace in Syria, Iraq, the Holy Land and other strife torn zones in his traditional Easter blessing. In his “Urbi et Or(...)

A Kenyan soldier stands guard.  Kenya’s churches used armed guards to protect their Easter congregations, days after  al-Shabab gunmen  killed 148 people at a  university in Garissa. Photograph: Will Swanson/The New York Times

The son of a Kenyan government official was one of the masked gunmen who killed nearly 150 at a university last week, the interior ministry said on Su(...)