Flora Sandes (right) - probably the first woman ever honoured with a commission as a combatant officer in a European army.  Photograph: City of Vancouver Archives

The Rev Sandes must have predicted it. Okay, maybe not the Serbian Army, but still, some form of military career. Even as a child, his daughter had pr(...)

File photograph of asylum seekers protesting against the direct provision system in Dublin last year. Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

Some 160 asylum seekers at a direction provision centre in Waterford have begun a protest this morning against conditions at the centre and the entire(...)

 Ireland’s John Mooney acknowledges the crowd after receiving a standing ovation after reaching 96 runs in Malahide. Photograph: Ryan Byrne / Inpho

Scotland claimed an eight-wicket victory over Ireland in the last of the One-Day Internationals in Malahide, but the narrative of the final day of (...)

 St Kilda, a beachside area in  Melbourne, Australia, which, for the fourth year in a row remains the most liveable location of  140 cities surveyed by the Economist Intelligence Unit.  Photograph:  Tourism Victoria

Dublin may struggle to make it into the top 50 most liveable cities on the planet, but it is apparently still a more desirable place to call home th(...)

Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe and his wife, Grace , greet supporters at a  rally in Harare. Photograph: Reuters/Philimon Bulawayo

The elevation of Grace Mugabe to Zanu-PF’s top decision-making body this weekend has left Zimbabwe’s factionalised ruling party in turmoil, having cre(...)

A Liberian soldier is deployed to restrict the movement of Liberians traveling from Bomi County to the capital Monrovia as a measure to try to curb the spread of the deadly Ebola virus. Photograph: Ahmed Jallanzo/EPA

The Obama administration is forming a special Ebola working group to consider setting policy for the potential use of experimental drugs to help the h(...)

Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe’s government has given mixed signals on plans to seize majority stakes in foreign-owned companies as part of its indigenisation policy. Photograph: EPA/Aaron Ufumeli

It is one year since Zimbabwe’s general elections and the political stability and economic development the country’s citizens hoped would emerge fo(...)

Sir Trevor McDonald:  “Especially as this city has known the privilege of welcoming our commonwealth brothers and sisters to the Games just past, it is right that we pause now to remember their contribution.”

For the Rev Laurence Whitley, there were no answers, only questions, as he stood in Glasgow Cathedral to begin the UK’s commemoration of the outbreak(...)

People watch as their dwellings are dismantled in Lwandle, an impoverished area about 45km from Cape Town, after the South African National Roads Agency Limited obtained a court order to  remove squatters from the land. Photograph:  Rodger Bosch/AFP/Getty Images

South Africa’s picturesque landscape is about to take centre stage in the country’s efforts to address one of the worst legacies of apartheid: the (...)

Adrienne Youngman: Kerry native in Mongolia

Given the Irish obsession with the weather, you’d wonder why anyone would actively choose to move to the coldest capital on the planet. But in 2011, 3(...)