Singer Kizito Mihigo was sentenced to 10 years in jail for plotting to kill Rwandan president Paul Kagame and other senior officials. Photograph: Ruben Sprich/Reuters

A popular singer in Rwanda known for his renditions of the national anthem was sentenced to 10 years in prison on Friday after being found guilty of p(...)

Tina Turner has lived in Switzerland for nearly two decades and gave up her US citizenship in 2013. 2:03

Secret documents reveal that global banking giant HSBC profited from doing business with arms dealers who channeled mortar bombs to child soldiers in (...)

Palestine’s permanent observer to the United Nations, Riyad Mansour, speaks at a UN Security Council meeting on a resolution to establish a Palestinian state. The resolution was defeated. Photograph: Peter Foley/EPA

The UN Security Council rejected a Palestinian resolution calling for an Israeli withdrawal from the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem and the est(...)

Palestine’s permanent observer to the United Nations, Riyad Mansour, speaks at a UN Security Council meeting on a resolution to establish a Palestinian state. The resolution was defeated. Photograph: Peter Foley/EPA

The UN Security Council rejected a Palestinian resolution calling for an Israeli withdrawal from the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem and the est(...)

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(...)