Hospital staff remove the “patient” from the ambulance to the isolation unit at the Mater hospital, Dublin, yesterday. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

There may have been eerie scenes around Dublin’s Mater hospital during yesterday’s test of the National Isolation Unit’s ability to cope with a case o(...)

 Thirty teenage girls and boys have been kidnapped since Wednesday from villages around Mafa town. Photograph: Afolabi Sotunde/Reuters

Dozens of girls and young women are being abducted by Islamic extremists in northeast Nigeria, raising doubts about an announced ceasefire and the (...)

Campaigners shout slogans during a rally in Abuja,  calling for the release of the Chibok school girls who were abducted by Boko Haram. Photograph: Afolabi Sotunde/Reuters

Suspected Boko Haram militants kidnapped at least 25 girls in an attack on a remote town in northeastern Nigeria, witnesses said, despite talks on fre(...)

Ambulance crew and gardaí involved in the transfer of a woman, thought to have contracted Ebola, from her home in Tyrrelstown, Dublin to the Mater hospital. Streets around the hospital were cordoned off during the movement of the woman. Photograph: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland.

The patient at the centre of the latest Ebola scare had only a “technical risk” of having the disease, according to informed sources.The woman was ta(...)

Nigerian newspapers with various front-page headlines on the Chibok girls and their possible release are displayed at a news stand in  the Nigerian capital, Abuja,  at the weekend.  Photograph: Reuters/Stringer

A wave of violence soon after Nigeria’s government announced a truce with Boko Haram has raised doubts as to whether more than 200 schoolgirls kidnapp(...)

Anti-deportation protest   outside the Department of Justice in St Stephen’s Green, Dublin. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh.

The number of asylum seekers arriving in the Republic will increase this year for the first time in over a decade. The Irish Refugee Council sa(...)

A student who escaped when Boko Haram rebels stormed a school  identifies her schoolmates in  a video released by the Islamist rebel group last  May. File Photograph: Reuters

People in the home town of more than 200 kidnapped Nigerian schoolgirls are cautiously optimistic about a ceasefire with the Islamic extremists who ab(...)

Campaigners from “#Bring Back Our Girls” march during a rally yesterday calling for the release of the Abuja school girls who were abducted by Boko Haram militants, in Abuja. Photograph: Afolabi Sotunde/Reuters

Nigeria’s government said Islamic extremists from Boko Haram have agreed to an immediate ceasefire. But many people expressed doubts about a developme(...)

Rachel Daniel holds a photograph of her abducted daughter Rose Daniel as her son Bukar sits alongside at their home in Maiduguri in Nigeria. Photograph: Joe Penney/Reuters

The Nigerian government claims it has agreed a ceasefire with the Islamist militant group Boko Haram and is negotiating the release of more than 20(...)

Bridget Anne Mulrooney, a volunteer nurse from the US, dons protective clothing before a shift at a clinic in Suakoko, Liberia, yesterday. Photograph: Daniel Berehulak/New York Times service

The Government last night responded to an appeal to European leaders by British prime minister David Cameron to “significantly step up their contribut(...)