High life expectancy and equal access to third-level education contributed to Ireland’s strong performance  in the World Economic Forum gender gap survey. Photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Are you bored with women complaining about gender inequality?Surely these days women can “look the business” in their sharp suits and high heels. They(...)

People at work at the Sorwathe Tea Plantation, 90 minutes from the Rwandan capital of Kigali. Photograph: Conor Pope 1:32

The blame for Ireland’s cataclysmic economic crash can be traced back to tea. Were it not for our enduring love of the stuff, a love stretching back m(...)

Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade Charlie Flanagan at a UN peacekeeping summit in New York.

The Government has agreed to train African military officers, most likely from Ethiopia, Tanzania and Uganda, in peacekeeping skills in Ireland and Af(...)

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand: treatment of her in the halls of Capitol Hill shows even the highest offices in the land are not immune from sexual harassment that is common against women elsewhere in American society. Photograph: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images

Kirsten Gillibrand, the junior Democratic senator from New York, sparked a flurry of watercooler chatter, talkshow outrage and online indignation in t(...)

Seagulls above the boardwalk on Dublin’s quays. It could be argued that the city’s seagulls are more highly evolved than those in other parts of the country. Photograph: The Irish Times

Seagulls, is it? It must be frustrating to be a Senator intent on getting loads of work done and trying to reform the system from within. You toil day(...)

The chimps’ efforts have been repeated by other species in these preserves including mountain gorillas, buffaloes, forest elephants and golden monkeys.

Light-fingered chimpanzees living in protected forests in Rwanda have taken to raiding farms for a free meal rather than bothering with their natural(...)

Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Sarah Gadon in Belle.

Even if she wasn’t statuesque, fiercely articulate and drop-dead gorgeous, Amma Asante would likely stand out from any crowd. A Bafta-winning, Brit(...)

Tutsi refugees in Kabgayi in May 1994: RTLM radio told listeners not to take pity on women and children. Photograph: Alexander Joe/AFP/Getty Images

Two decades ago, in the summer before the Rwandan genocide, it looked as if the escalating tensions might be calming down. Along with a peace agreeme(...)

South Sudan’s rebel leader Riek Machar (right) and South Sudan’s president Salva Kiir (left) hold a priest’s hands as they pray before signing a peace agreement in Addis Ababa yesterday. Photograph: Goran Tomasevic/Reuters

The United Nations in South Sudan is readying aid for towns ravaged by conflict but is waiting to see if a new ceasefire deal holds between the presi(...)

A troupe of Riverdancers in action. Photograph: Jack Hartin/Riverdance/PA Wire 8:10

Twenty years ago today, in the course of a seemingly ordinary Eurovision Song Contest, a troupe of Irish dancers flashed across the stage of what was (...)