Mohammed Emwazi, or ‘Jihadi John’: according to a school yearbook, he was a fan of Manchester United and the band S Club 7, and his ambition was to become a football player. Photograph: Site Intel Group/Reuters

He was neither a military commander nor a political leader in the so-called Islamic State (IS), but Mohammed Emwazi, or “Jihadi John”, was the most fa(...)

Amyan Macfadyen, who has died aged 94, was one of the most influential figures in ecology research and environmental education during the latter half (...)

The Eritrean national football team line up for a photo before the start of their October 13th World Cup qualifier in Francistown, Botswana. Ten of the squad’s players sought political asylum in the country after the game. Photograph: Monirul Bhuiyan/AFP/Getty Images

Botswana has granted asylum to a group of 10 Eritrean soccer players who sought refuge after playing in a World Cup qualifying match earlier this mont(...)

In one hand, I am holding a mesmerising dark-blue gemstone that seems to change colour when the light catches it; sometimes it’s deep navy and then(...)

Ceire Sadlier: I bought a car from a dealer who, during the test drive, leaned in and told me with a grey smile, “Drive it like you stole it”

On the Dart on one of last summer’s few sunny evenings, a man whose eye I had caught – a drug dealer, judging by his telephone conversation – shout(...)

Kian Egan from Westlife: the CIA techniques were probably very successful. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

One of the most infamous torture programmes devised by the CIA post-9/11 used a Westlife single to assault the senses of terror suspects. Now the Amer(...)

Dr Rhona Mahony trains healthcare workers in Tanzania. Photograph: Robert Ngumbo

Saturday, August 16th I have become a volunteer with Volunteer Services Overseas (VSO) and my first VSO opportunity is a short-term placement o(...)

Dr Rhona Mahony in Tanzania  with the healthworkers she helped train. Photograph: Robert Ngumbo

An easily manageable complication of pregnancy in Ireland can rapidly become a matter of life or death for a woman living in a remote part of the sout(...)

Dublin-listed oil and gas firm Aminex says it is ready to start gas production from its Kiliwani field in Tanzania. Aminex chief executive Jay Bhatta(...)

 Sint Maarten in the Caribbean, Lesotho and Kazakhstan, are among the countries where Irish people chose to marry last year.

The small Caribbean island of Sint Maarten, the landlocked African country of Lesotho and the former Soviet republic Kazakhstan, are just some of the(...)