Artist Simon Kizito tries to sell his painting of Pope Francis in Nairobi’s Kangemi slum. Photograph: Nichole Sobecki/Getty

Against a post-Paris backdrop of security concerns, Pope Francis this morning sets out on a five-day visit to Africa, travelling to Kenya, Uganda and (...)

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(...)

A child looks on as migrants and refugees prepare to board a train heading to Serbia from the Macedonian-Greek border near Gevgelija. Photograph: Robert Atanasovski/AFP/Getty Images

The Governments in both parts of Ireland must do more to protect the human rights of migrants, the Catholic primate Archbishop Eamon Martin has said. (...)

Aisling Law, a descendant of Maud Gonne, in Rossnaree House, Slane, Co Meath. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Rossnaree House near Slane, Co Meath, is a rambling country pile, with a dog called Rocky and a tabby cat in the porch, and a stop-you-in-your-trac(...)

Mark Zuckerberg, chief executive officer of Facebook, announced the satellite was under construction and would be ready for launch into space in 2016. Photograph: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg

Facebook is planning to launch a satellite to provide internet access to remote parts of Africa, the social network’s founder has said. Mark Zu(...)

Khaled Hosseini, UNHCR goodwill ambassador.

Like millions around the world, I have been moved by the recent public outcry and spontaneous acts of solidarity towards refugees in Europe. As an am(...)

The Trinity Impact Evaluation  research group will work with aid agencies, policymakers and governments to figure out whether development assistance can bring about real change in the lives of some of the poorest people in the world. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Researchers at Trinity College Dublin are investigating the impact of overseas development aid. The Trinity Impact Evaluation (TIME) research group (...)

South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir (right) is congratulated by Kenya’s president Uhuru Kenyatta and Ethiopia’s prime minister Hailemariam Desalegn after signing a peace agreement in South Sudan’s capital, Juba, on Wednesday. Photograph: Jok Solomun/Reuters

South Sudan’s president has signed a peace deal to end a 20-month conflict with rebels, but he told regional African leaders at the ceremony he still(...)

Mark English through to the semi-finals of the 800m in Beijing. Photograph: Tommy Grealy/Inpho

Things didn’t go entirely to plan for Mark English in the opening session of the World Athletics Championships in Beijing, although after a slightly a(...)

 South Sudan President Salva Kiir (left) and leader of South Sudan’s largest rebel group and former vice-president Riek Machar. Photograph:  AFP/Getty Images

Uganda told South Sudan’s warring factions on Tuesday to put their egos aside and make peace, a day after President Salva Kiir refused to sign a deal (...)