The first person to be charged with the war crime of destroying religious or historical monuments as part of an Islamist campaign against idolatry was(...)

An ancient shrine in Timbuktu is destroyed in this image from July, 2012. Image: AFP/Getty.

An Islamist rebel suspected of attacking mosques and monuments in the ancient Malian city of Timbuktu has been handed over to the International Crimin(...)

A soldier looks at smoke billowing from the site of a Saudi-led air strike on a Houthi position in the Yemeni frontline province of Marib on September 15th, 2015. Photograph:  REUTERS/Stringer

If displaced people had a country of their own it would be bigger than Spain. The numbers – 50 million and rising – are set to grow, soon and signific(...)

Water services is one of the five main areas of expertise of Geoscience Ireland member companies

A network of Irish engineering companies set up in 2010 as a response to the economic downturn has helped member companies win a series of high-profil(...)

French president Hollande  after his speech during the annual gathering of French ambassadors at the Élysée Palace in Paris on August 25th. Photograph:  Philippe Wojazer / EPA/ Pool MaxPPP

When French president François Hollande addressed France’s ambassadors to foreign countries, assembled in the red velvet and gilt reception rooms of t(...)

In India, fertility rates are  down to 2.48 children per woman. Photograph: Reuters/Danish Ismail

For the past 200 years the global population has risen explosively. There were 1 billion humans in 1850. There are 7.3 billion today. Ever since the I(...)

Malian forces patrol through the northern town of Sevare, Mali. Photograph: STR/EPA

Four people held in a hotel in central Mali after an attack by Islamic extremists have been freed following a stand-off with the army and special forc(...)

Mali’s President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita  reviews troops in Kati, near Bamako, on August 6th, 2015, after visiting soldiers injured in an attack on their camp in northern Mali on August 3rd which left 11 soldiers dead. Photograph: Habibou Kouyate/AFP/Getty Images

Suspected Islamist gunmen were holding as many as 10 hostages on Friday after at least eight people died following an attack on a hotel in central Ma(...)

Lefah Ballo with his partner, Caitríona Rodgerson, and their daughter, Nina, in Churchtown, Dublin. The couple met in Africa in 2012. Photograph: Eric Luke

The music of Jingle Bells will always remind Ibrahim Ballo of the first day he stepped on to Irish soil. It was December 2nd, 2012, and Ballo, know(...)

Mokhtar Belmokhtar, an Algerian militant leader reported to have been killed in an American airstrike, is alive and well according to al-Qaeda. Photograph: FBI/The New York Times.

Al-Qaeda’s North Africa branch has denied reports that Algerian militant Mokhtar Belmokhtar, a major figure in insurgencies across North Africa and th(...)