Filipino residents dismantle a shanty after it was damaged by a barged caused by strong winds and rain brought by typhoon Rammasun along the coastline of the Tondo slum area, in Manila. Photograph: Dennis M. Sabangan

A typhoon killed at least 10 people as it churned across the Philippines and hit the capital, prompting the evacuation of about 370,000 people and sh(...)

A man wears a “wearable England flag” made by Asda, as the supermarket defended the flag after claims it resembles a Ku Klux Klan outfit. Photograph: Carmel Wilkinson/PA Wire

Supermarket Asda has defended a “wearable England flag” it has launched for the World Cup after claims it resembles a Ku Klux Klan outfit. The #3 St G(...)

A Nigerian Red Cross official said at least 51 people are dead but more are believed to be buried in rubble after two explosions in Maiduguri. Photograph: Luc Gnago/Reuters

At least 51 people have died in twin car bomb blasts at a marketplace in Maiduguri, the north eastern Nigerian city that is the birthplace of t(...)

Brian Kenny from the Dept. of the Environment Community and Local Government, Sean Hogan Chairman of the National Emergency Coordination Group and Ger Fleming from Met Eireann briefing media on the adverse weather conditions. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

The Cabinet today agreed to provide an additional €70 million towards damage caused by recent flooding and bad weather. Government membe(...)

UN-Arab League special envoy to Syria Lakhdar Brahimi. “The situation is very difficult and very, very complicated,” he said of the peace talks. Photograph: Salvatore di Nolfi/EPA

Women and children are to be allowed to leave the besieged insurgent-held city of Homs “immediately”, UN mediator Lakhdar Brahimi said yesterd(...)

 Brian O’Driscoll touches down for his last-minute try. Photograph: Inpho/Billy Stickland

Ireland 20 Australia 20 Croke Pk, Dublin November 15th, 2009The game began and ended on set moves to release Brian O’Driscoll; the first of them coug(...)

Six members of the International Committee of the Red Cross were kidnapped near the town of Saraqeb in Idlib province in Syria today.

Gunmen have kidnapped a team of seven workers from the International Committee of the Red Cross after stopping their convoy early today along a roadsi(...)

The numbers of food-banks run by the Trussell Trust throughout Britain has grown by three-quarters over the past 18 months.

During the second World War, the British Red Cross collected food-parcels for prisoners-of-war languishing in German camps, a lifeline that included a(...)

A doctor treats a Syrian refugee, who fled the fighting in Qusayr, in Minieh Hospital. Photograph: Omar Ibrahim/Reuters

Minieh Hospital, near Tripoli in northern Lebanon, a squat building sheltered by mulberry and palm trees, admits Syrians wounded in the conflict destr(...)