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 (...)

Rwandese refugees cross Rusumo border to Tanzania from Rwanda in  May, 1994. Phorograph:  REUTERS/Jeremiah Kamau/Files

Since Shakespeare wrote about it being the food of love, the idea of music as a positive force has been embedded in our psyches. In common with oth(...)

Rwanda president Paul Kagame: Bóthar hopes he will officially open creamery. Photograph: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Aid agency Bóthar is best known for sending heifers to developing countries but it has taken the next step in Rwanda with its plan to open a cr(...)

Preserved skulls in a Catholic church in Nyamata, Rwanda. Former International Criminal Court judge Maureen Harding Clark said “the international community doesn’t do collective blame, even though individual world leaders are queueing up to say they are sorry”. Photograph: Noor Khamis/Reuters

People’s failure to respond when atrocities occur is rooted in a fear of losing their own humanity when confronting evil, a former judge of the Int(...)

Former president of Ireland Mary Robinson, former British prime minister Tony Blair and former South African president Thabo Mbeki arrive  at a ceremony to mark the 20th anniversary of the Rwandan genocide in Kigali, Rwanda. Photograph: AP Photo/Ben Curtis

Former president Mary Robinson has said the UN did not “cover itself in glory” during the genocide in Rwanda 20 years ago and expressed sadness(...)