A warning from the World Health Organisation (WHO) that the Zika virus is “spreading explosively” has global implications. Although a mild illness for(...)

Fumigating to prevent dengue, chikunguya and Zika virus at El Angel cemetery, in Lima, Peru. Photograph: Martin Mejia/AP Photo

Pregnant women are being advised to consider postponing travel to areas affected by Zika amid global concern at the spread of the mosquito-borne virus(...)

Brian Hanley, co-ordinator with the Irish Council for Prisoners Overseas, and Bishop John Kirby , ICPO chaiman,  in  Maynooth, Co Kildare. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

The man stood in the arrivals hall in Dublin Airport, feeling euphoric, but also lost, one of an increasing number of Irish people who are deported ba(...)

Tailor and machine mechanic Judith Nassaka at work in an AFRIpads factory in Masaka. Photograph: Louise McLoughlin

Phionah was in school when she first menstruated. She recalls that she bled through her uniform, and the boys and girls laughed at her so she ran out(...)

The Anglican Communion’s 38 primates voted by two-thirds majority to censure the US Episcopal Church.

A decision by Anglican Communion primates to suspend the US Episcopal Church from committees and decision-making for three years, as it allows clergy (...)

Dorcus Tuhirirwe, centre manager at one of Marie Stopes’s clinics in Kampala. Photograph: Louise McLoughlin

Sheba had an abortion after she became pregnant outside of marriage at 24. Following the procedure, the staff at a Marie Stopes clinic in Uganda advis(...)

 Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby. Photograph: Yui Mok/PA Wire

A schism in the worldwide Anglican Communion over homosexual rights and women clerics would be a failure but not a disaster, the spiritual head of An(...)

 Mary Lawlor, founder and director of Front Line Defenders: “Ireland and the EU must be as strong speaking up for human rights defenders in countries where they have political and strategic interests as they are when it comes to the usual suspects,” she said. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Some 157 human rights activists were killed or died in detention in 25 countries last year, according to the advocacy group Front Line Defenders. T(...)

Clockwise from top: Rwanda’s Paul Kagame; Uganda’s Yoweri Museveni; DRC president Joseph Kabila; and  Burundi’s Pierre Nkurunziza

The recent decision by Rwanda’s electorate to allow Paul Kagame to seek a third term in office – and Kagame’s confirmation last Friday that he will do(...)

Burundi’s President Pierre Nkurunziza (centre) at  celebrations marking the 53rd anniversary of the country’s independence at a stadium in Bujumbura on July 1st, 2015. File photograph: Marco Longari/AFP/Getty Images

Burundi’s President Pierre Nkurunziza said on Wednesday that Burundians would fight any peacekeepers sent into the country by the African Union, in hi(...)