The men, all friends from Wesley College in Ballinteer, worked for a year to save money to buy the 2006 Honda CRV which they will now leave behind as a community vehicle in Mongolia. Photograph: 46A to Mongolia Facebook page

Five men, 20 countries, three deserts, two seas - “one crazy idea”. Whether it’s staying in Soviet-era hotels, bribing border guards with cigarettes o(...)

Data presented at the recent European Obesity Congress by the World Health Organisation (WHO) predicts that 85 per cent of Irish women will be overwei(...)

In terms of obesity alone, the estimates show a big jump for women in the Irish Republic, soaring from 23 per cent to 57 per cent. Photograph: Gareth Fuller/PA

Ireland is on course to become the most obese country in Europe, according to the latest figures from World Health Organisation (WHO) experts.Europe i(...)

 Paddy Barnes fights Zou Shiming in the light flyweight semi-final at the London Olympics in 2012. The 28-year-old is set to compete at the record-breaking third Olympics. Photograph: Scott Heavey/Getty Images

Paddy Barnes tells the story of how the kids in Belfast began calling him Paddy Bronze after London 2012. They may set high standards in the Ardoyne,(...)

Uzbekistan’s president, Islam Karimov, faces another term following this weekend’s election. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

If there ever was any doubt that Islam Karimov, the president of Uzbekistan, would win another term at this weekend’s election, it has been laid to re(...)

Turkish Army vehicles and tanks move near the Syrian border in Suruc. Three men have been charged with conspiring to travel to Syria and fight for Islamic State, US authorities have said. Photograph: Ilyas Akenginilyas/AFP/Getty Images

Three men were charged on Wednesday with conspiring to support Islamic State, including two who planned to travel to Syria to fight on behalf of the r(...)

Cormac Donnelly works for MSF in Uzbekistan, which has one of the highest rates of multi-drug resistant (MDR) TB in the world.

Uzbekistan isn’t a place I ever planned to spend Christmas in. Initially when MSF asked me to come to work here in the TB treatment project, I was (...)

Russian President Vladimir Putin (left) speaks with President of Uzbekistan Islam Karimov as they meet to sign documents at the Kuksaroi Presidential Residence in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. Photograph: Mikhail Klimentyev/Ria Novosti/Kremlin Pool/EPA

Uzbekistan urged Russia on Wednesday to help protect Central Asia against what it said would be a rising threat from militant Islam as US forces draw (...)

World and Olympic champion Ilya Ilyin of Kazakhstan. Photograph: Getty Images.

After the disappointment of that kick-about in Glasgow on Friday, a change of sporting pace was required over the weekend, one where you wouldn’t be q(...)

Stephen Cunningham who cycled to Beijing  from Dublin in aid of Crumlin children’s hospital

Sipping a flat-white coffee in a Beijing cafe, Stephen Cunningham smiles as he recalls being chased by packs of wild dogs as he cycled in Romania as p(...)