South African  athlete Oscar Pistorius in court. File photograph: Phill Magakoe/AFP/Getty Images

Oscar Pistorius’s family have criticised South African authorities for delays in deciding whether he should be released from jail and moved to house a(...)

 Bestselling Swedish crime writer Henning Mankel, whose most famous creation was the detective Kurt Wallander, has died  at the age of 67. Photograph: Nora Lorek/AFP/Getty Images

Henning Mankell, who has died aged 67, after being diagnosed with cancer last year, established almost single-handedly the global picture of Sweden as(...)

“Blade Runner” Oscar Pistorius was due to have been released to house arrest in August after serving 10 months of a five-year sentence. Photograph: Reuters

South Africa’s parole review board has delayed the release of Paralympic gold medallist Oscar Pistorius from prison, where he is serving a sentence fo(...)

A white swallow at Tacumshin from a photograph by Eric Dempsey. Illustration: Michael Viney

If I were going there this weekend – and I’m sorry I’m not, it’s too far – we would end up taking the road from Wexford to Kilmore Quay and then, a(...)

Thinking anew: the Ven Gordon Linney. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

The Ven Gordon Linney is a compassionate man of clearly thought out Christian conviction who is never afraid of entering the fray in defence of that c(...)

Liam Healy presided over a group which assembled an international business with a turnover of £34 billion. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Liam Healy, who has died aged 86, was Tony O’Reilly’s righthand man at the helm of his newspaper empire during its great days. From 1991 to 2000, Hea(...)

A member of the South African police force arrests a man in a protest against the lack of policing in Masiphumelele, Cape Town. Photograph: Nic Bothma/EPA

An increase in serious violent crimes for a third successive year has heaped pressure on South Africa’s beleaguered national police commissioner, Riah(...)

A group of Galway coders are spearheading the first Africa Code Week. Photograph: Africa Code Week

Galway coders are spearheading the first Africa Code Week, which will involve thousands of students in 17 African countries over the next week. Up to (...)

South Africa’s “Chiliboy” Ralepelle is serving a two-year suspension. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

World Rugby will not reveal how many doping tests it will conduct over the next six weeks of the World Cup. But it maintains that the sport is clean a(...)

Keith Earls hold on to possession for Ireland against Canada during the opening World Cup Pool D match at the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff, on Saturday afternoon. Photograph: Mike Egerton/PA.

Tougher tests await for sure, but the sight of so many Irish players looking in prime nick was encouraging. It was particularly heartening to behold t(...)