Mehret Yemane from Sudan now living in Portarlington, Co Laois, has undergone female genital mutilation. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Mehret Yemane was an infant the first time her vagina was cut with a razor blade. By the age of 10, she had undergone female genital mutilation (FGM) (...)

President Barack Obama walks down the steps of Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base after returning from a foreign trip to Saudi Arabia, England and Germany. Photograph: AP/Susan Walsh

Barack Obama is in the final months of his presidency and keen to justify his domestic and international achievements before he leaves office. His fin(...)

The University of Limerick conferred honorary doctorates on six exceptional individuals from the worlds of humanitarianism, business, the arts and the public sector, including Ali Hewson. Photograph: Seán Curtin FusionShooters

Ali Hewson has urged governments to treat migrants with respect and to ensure they are given a safe place to live. Speaking at the University of Limer(...)

Migrants and refugees disembark from a Maltese coast guard patrol vessel after being rescued at sea. Photograph: Giovanni Isolino/AFP/Getty Images

Aid agency Médecins Sans Frontières has announced it will resume its search, rescue and medical aid operations in the Mediterranean Sea between Africa(...)

British foreign secretary Philip Hammond (centre right) tours a naval base with Libya’s prime minister-designate Fayez Sarraj (centre left) during his visit to Tripoli on Monday. Photograph: Ben Birchall/PA Wire

EU foreign ministers meeting in Luxembourg on Monday considered expanding the EU’s naval mission in the Mediterranean into Libyan waters amid concerns(...)

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Phishing tackled You would almost feel sorry for the scam artists who chose Irish Water as their phishing bait. Bogus promises of tax back or fake (...)

Ifrah Ahmed  with Somali prime minister Omar Abdirashid Ali Sharmarke. Photograph: Ifrah Ahmed.

A woman who arrived in Ireland in 2006 as a 17-year-old asylum seeker has been appointed as an adviser to Somalia’s prime minister. Ifrah Ahmed is (...)

  Cpt Peter Kelleher from the 27th Infantry Battalion reading the Proclamation at the GPO, O’Connell Street, Dublin. Photograph: Maxwells Dublin

‘Poblacht na hÉireann”: The speaker of these words, standing in front of Dublin’s General Post Office and reading from a proclamation, the ink was bar(...)

A boy passes a mural in Yemen: Fulfilling a commitment made by President Barack Obama in 2013, the US government plans to release details of the number of militant suspects and civilians killed in drone strikes since 2009. Photograph: Mohammed Huwais/AFP/Getty

The US government plans to release details of the number of militant suspects and civilians killed in drone strikes since 2009 in an effort to increa(...)

The US military said it mounted an air strike using manned and drone aircraft (above) targeting a training camp run by Somali Islamist group al Shabaab, about 120 miles north of the Somali capital, Mogadishu. File photograph: Getty Images

More than 150 people were killed in a US air strike on a Somali jihadist camp at the weekend, the Pentagon said on Monday. The US military mounted t(...)