UN headquarters in New York: James O’Brien of Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO) Ireland has called on all UN member states to recognise the role volunteers can play in achieving an equal society free from poverty by 2030. Photograph: Carlo Allegri/Reuters.

The contribution of volunteers to development work and recognition for the work they carry out in communities at home and abroad must be considered in(...)

Premature optimism on Ebola cases

Following a steady decline in new cases in recent weeks, the United Nations (UN) predicted the Ebola epidemic in West Africa could be over by June. It(...)

Miners dig for diamons in Zimbabwe. As a compact, stable, and transferable store of value, diamonds offer enormous advantages to smugglers, money launderers, and tax evaders. 2:03

In the spring of 2005, Erez Daleyot, a Belgian-Israeli diamond tycoon with some dubious connections, paid a visit to his Swiss bankers at HSBC Private(...)

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 (...)

Bruce Aylward, assistant director general for the Ebola operational response of the World Health Organization (WHO), gives the media an update on the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, during a press conference at the European headquarters of the United Nations in Geneva on January 23rd. Photograph: Salvatore Di Nolfi

A Scottish nurse who had been critically ill with Ebola after working in Sierra Leone has been discharged from a London hospital after making a full r(...)

File photo of a foreign healthcare volunteer - Mali has recorded a total of six deaths from Ebola. Photograph: Reuters/Baz Ratner 1:18

Mali’s health minister declared the West African nation free of Ebola on Sunday following a 42-day period without a new case of the deadly virus.Mali (...)

Further studies are planned in the US later this month and soon after volunteers will receive the vaccine in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania. Photograph: AP Photo

Johnson & Johnson has started clinical trials of its experimental Ebola vaccine, which uses a booster from Denmark’s Bavarian Nordic, making it th(...)

Doctors at an Ebola Treatment Center in Kailahun, Sierra Leone, Photograph: Daniel Berehulak/The New York Times

A Defence Forces medical team is to be trained in combating the Ebola virus before flying out to Sierra Leone this month. It is the first time a Defen(...)

Johnny McKinstry: “I was very content where I was in New York, I had a good job and a good lifestyle but if you want to achieve anything you’ve got to get out of your comfort zone.” Photo: Issouf Sanogo/AFP/Getty

Not many 29-year-olds have managed professional football teams. Even fewer have managed a national team in the top 50 of the world rankings and none h(...)

David Cameron has said he is listening to medical experts about whether a system of quarantine should be put in place for returning health workers from Ebola-affected areas. Photograph: Yui Mok/PA Wire

David Cameron has said Ebola is the “uppermost thing” on his mind following news that the condition of British nurse Pauline Cafferkey is deterioratin(...)