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(...)

A boat packed with mainly African migrants bound for Italy sank off the Libyan coast on Thursday and officials said up to 200 might have died. Photograph: Reuters/Hani Amara

Libya has recovered 105 bodies after a boat packed with migrants sank in the Mediterranean Sea, saying that almost 100 more people were missing and fe(...)

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(...)

People and soldiers stand outside a market in N’Djamena following a suicide bomb attack on Saturday. Photograph: Brahim Adji/AFP/Getty Images

A man dressed in a woman’s burqa blew himself up in the main market in Chad’s capital N’Djamena early on Saturday, killing 15 people and injuring 80, (...)

A photograph of houses burnt by Boko Haram fighters at Zabarmari, a fishing and farming village near Maiduguri, northeast Nigeria. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Two blasts hit the central Nigerian city of Jos on Sunday evening, one at a restaurant and another targeting a Muslim cleric who has disowned Islamist(...)

‘The Magna Carta 800 anniversary falls after a decade and a half during which Western governments have introduced legislation to restrict civil liberties, so threatening the fundamental principles that Magna Carta is supposed to have enshrined.’ Above, a rare copy of  Magna Carta which had gone unnoticed for generations but has now been unearthed by researchers.  Photograph:  St John’s College/University of Cambridge/PA

Eight hundred years ago this week, in a meadow by the river Thames near Windsor Castle, one of the most famous documents in world history was born: Ma(...)

Security officers stand at the site of a suicide bombing in Ndjamena, Chad. At least 27 people have been killed in two suspected attacks by Boko Haram in  Chad’s capital. Photograph: Moumine Ngarmbassa/Reuters

At least 27 people, including four suspected Boko Haram Islamist militants, were killed and 100 others injured in two attacks in Chad’s capital, N’Dja(...)

A Royal Mail commemorative stamp from a set marking the 800th anniversary this month of the signing of the Magna Carta in England. Photograph: Royal Mail/PA Wire

An exhibition containing a 14th century copy of the Magna Carta was opened in Dublin’s Christ Church Cathedral on Thursday evening by the British amba(...)

Anti-Slavery International director Aidan McQuade was educated at Abbey Christian Brothers’ Grammar School in Newry, a school the late former tánaiste Frank Aiken and former deputy first minister Séamus Mallon both attended.

A South Armagh man with an insatiable appetite for knowledge is at the centre of the campaign to eradicate slavery across the globe. Dr Aidan McQuade (...)

Returnees queue to board buses during an evacuation of Nigerians displaced by Boko Haram militants, at the camp for displaced people in Geidam, Yobe state. Photograph: Afolabi Sotunde/Reuters

A gunman opened fire on students after walking into a high school in Potiskum in northeast Nigeria, critically injuring six, witnesses and a humanitar(...)