Anglo’s former headquarters: special liquidators have completed 70 loan portfolio sales in Ireland, the UK and the US, repaying €13 billion to the State. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

The special liquidators of Anglo Irish Bank now only have loans with a face value of less than €500 million remaining to be sold in what has been the(...)

‘Last month I reported on President Michael D Higgins’s visit to Africa. For this occasionally jaundiced Irishman it was a heartening experience. So much of the best in our people is daily experience there. Meeting Irish missionaries and compatriots with NGOs felt like something of a rejuvenation.’ Above,  President Michael D Higgins at the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa in  Addis Ababa where he  delivered the keynote address on the fourth day of his  official visit to Ethiopia, Malawi and South Africa. Photograph:  Chris Bellew /  Fennell Photography

It’s the season of goodwill, so let’s attempt it. That honest Staffordshire man Dr Samuel Johnson once said “the Irish are a fair people: they never s(...)

Jennifer Hosten of Grenada (left) was Miss World 1970. Megan Young of the Philippines (right) is the reigning Miss World. Spot the difference in our 1970 - 2014 picture show (below). Some things really don’t ever change. Illustrations: Paul Scott

Miss World is the cockroach of the entertainment scene. Once it checks in, it’s unlikely to check out. Last year Miss World strutted its stuff in Indo(...)

Gunmen have freed more than 200 prisoners in Nigeria’s latest jailbreak, according to police.

Gunmen have freed more than 200 prisoners in Nigeria’s latest jailbreak, according to police.Officers recaptured at least 10 escapees from the medium (...)

Kenyan men work  on a road being built by China Wuyi, a Chinese state company: China has played a crucial role in Africa’s economic development over the past 15 years. Photograph: Antony Njuguna/Reuters

The crucial role China has played in Africa’s economic development over the past 15 years has become so pronounced that western countries now see it a(...)

Pope Francis and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I of Constantinople embrace after the Divine Liturgy at the Ecumenical Patriarchate in Istanbul on Sunday. Photograph: Tony Gentile/Reuters

Pope Francis said Islamic militants were carrying out a “profoundly grave sin against God” in Syria and Iraq, calling on Sunday for inter-religious d(...)

First scientific estimate of modern slavery in UK puts victim numbers between 10,000 and 13,000. Photograph: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire/File photo

Up to 13,000 people in Britain are being held in conditions of slavery, four times the number previously thought, the Home Office has said.The number (...)

Bomb experts investigate the site of an explosion at a police station in Kano, Nigeria, on November 15th, in which six people were killed. At least 35 were killed in a further attack in the same city on Friday. Photograph: Reuters

Gunmen set off three bombs and opened fire on worshippers at the central mosque in north Nigeria’s biggest city Kano, killing at least 100 people o(...)

UCD midwifery student Martha Baker-Kenny with children at Kisiizi Hospital, Uganda.

Since 1985, the United Nations has set aside December 5th as a day to honour volunteering, from the local to the global. Research published thi(...)

A Liberian man looks at a mural in downtown Monrovia that forms part of an Ebola awareness campaign. The death toll in the worst Ebola epidemic on record has risen to 5,459 out of 15,351 cases identified in eight countries by November 18th. Photograph: Ahmed Jallanzo/EPA

West Africa’s Ebola epidemic could worsen further before abating but new infections should start to decline in all affected countries by the end of th(...)