Researchers hope eventually to enrol up to 30,000 people in the trial. Photograph: Reuters/Eddie Keogh

The first batch of an experimental Ebola vaccine made by GlaxoSmithKline(GSK) has been shipped to West Africa and is expected to arrive in Liberia lat(...)

French prime minister Manuel Valls (left) and interior minister Bernard Cazeneuve (centre) applaud as Lassana Bathily (24), holds his citizenship papers during a ceremony at the Interior Ministry in Paris on  January 20th, 2015. Photograph: Charles Platiau/Reuters

The Malian grocery worker hailed as a hero for saving hostages’ lives when an Islamist militant attacked a kosher supermarket in Paris this month was(...)

File photo of a foreign healthcare volunteer - Mali has recorded a total of six deaths from Ebola. Photograph: Reuters/Baz Ratner 1:18

Mali’s health minister declared the West African nation free of Ebola on Sunday following a 42-day period without a new case of the deadly virus.Mali (...)

The signing later this month of a defence co-operation agreement between Ireland and the UK by Minister for Defence Simon Coveney and British defence (...)

Irish peacekeepers on patrol  in Lebanon. The British army does not have  experience in such operations. Photograph: Defence Forces Military Archives

A historic agreement on defence co-operation between Ireland and the UK will be signed by senior Ministers from the two countries later this month.The(...)

In a word

There are some things I just do not understand about our otherwise excellent people at the Met Office. One is why they don’t give the wind-chill facto(...)

 UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (right) is seen taking a tour of a US medical facility in Monrovia, Liberia on Friday. Photograph: EPA

UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon on Friday praised healthcare workers fighting the Ebola virus as he paid his first visit to Liberia and Sierra Leone (...)

A picture dated 22nd June 2013 shows Serge Lazarevic’s daughter, Diane (centre) holding a portrait of her father as she participates in a rally to demand release of hostages after 1,000 days of detention, in Paris, France. French President Francois Hollande announced the liberation of France’s last remaining hostage, Franco-Serbian Serge Lazarevic, who had been captured in Mali in November 2011 by Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQMI). Photograph: Marlene Awaad/EPA

President Francois Hollande said on Tuesday that the last French citizen held hostage, a 50-year-old man seized in 2011 by Al Qaeda’s north African ar(...)

 A woman suspected of being infected with Ebola lies in an open sewer along a main thoroughfare in Freetown, Sierra Leone. Photograph: Samuel Aranda/The New York Times

The United Nations Ebola emergency response mission will not fully meet its December 1st target for containing the virus due to escalating numbers (...)

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon speaks to the media after the UN Chief Executive Board’s private session on the Ebola response in Washington. Photograph:Joshua Roberts/Reuters

International efforts to fight Ebola are helping to slow the rate of new infections in some areas but increased infections in others and fears of furt(...)