Andy Cole attends a press conference for Manchester United in Hangzhou, China in 2013. Photograph: Getty Images

Former Manchester United and Manchester City striker Andrew Cole has withdrawn from an upcoming charity match at Old Trafford and revealed he has been(...)

Yemenis unload food parcels provided by the Red Crescent in the southern port city of Aden. Yemenis’ ability to buy food has deteriorated. Photograph: Saleh al-Obeidi/AFP/Getty Images.

The UN World Food Programme yesterday appealed to fighting factions for access to the Yemeni city of Taiz where 240,000 civilians are in urgent need(...)

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Dr James Reilly has announced new reforms for early childhood care and education. File photograph: iThinkstock

All staff working with children in pre-school settings will be required to have a level 5 qualification under regulations to be published shortly, Min(...)

Minister for Children James Reilly said the investment required in early child care and education is considerable. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

All staff working with children in early years settings will be required to have a nationally recognised Level 5 qualification under new regulations t(...)

Azraq refugee camp in Jordan. Photograph: UNHCR/ M Hawari/ Ruadhán Mac Cormaic

In Jordan’s remote northeastern desert, a barren moonscape bounded on three sides by Syria, Iraq and Saudi Arabia, the gleaming white symmetrical huts(...)

Alex Ferguson: “One of the pupils at Harvard said to me, ‘What do you know now that you wish you’d known 30 years ago?’ - and it’s communication. When I was younger I wanted to rule the world and do everything.”

When Sir Alex Ferguson became a professional footballer in the early 1960s, he earned £16 a week (£300 in today’s money) in a sport that was a solid (...)

A young Syrian outside his trailer at the Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan. Refugees’ resignation and resilience combine with major infrastructure investments to make the place feel ever more like an entrenched city than a makeshift way station. Photograph: Samuel Aranda/The New York Times

Bicycles are the new basics for the world’s largest concentration of Syrians who have fled their country’s bloody civil war. Thousands traverse thi(...)

Entrepreneur Danielle Ryan photographed at her offices - Roads. Photograph: Alan Betson

Between the Viking Splash chaos, the harried commuters and the throngs of students, all of life is here on Dublin’s Dame Street. Few would be aware of(...)

A group of migrants leaves a collection point in the village of Roszke, Hungary. Photograph: Marko Djurica/Reuters

Hungary’s prime minister yesterday angrily accused illegal migrants of “rebelling” against the rule of law in his country as security forces across Eu(...)

Former Barcelona FC player Patrick Kluivert: Unicef Uganda has joined FC Barcelona and other sport organisations  to highlight Ugandan child survival. Photograph: Isaac Kasamani/AFP/Getty Images

The number of children dying before their fifth birthday has been reduced globally by more than half since 2000, according to the latest figures from (...)