About 12,000 children have been recruited into armed groups since the outbreak of war in South Sudan, according to Unicef. Photograph: Charles Lomodong/AFP/Getty Images

Gunmen in war-ravaged South Sudan have abducted at least 89 boys, some as young as 13, from their school in the oil-rich Upper Nile State, the United (...)

Fashion by definition is about transience and Irish and international fashion will each have their own turns in the spotlights this year. Yesterday, I(...)

Detail from ‘Lionel Messi and a Universe of Flowers’  by Takashi Murakami, which sold for £317,000 in a charity auction at Sotheby’s, London

The worlds of international soccer and fine art rarely collide, but last week in London, at a charity auction in Sotheby’s, one of the world’s most fa(...)

Rory McIlroy and Horizon MD Conor Ridge pictured together at the White House in March  2012. Photograph: Benjamin Myers/Reuters

By rights, Rory McIlroy, the world’s number-one ranked golfer and one of sport’s most marketable figures, should be preparing to smell the azaleas. I(...)

 As many as  12,000 children – most of them boys – have been used as soldiers by armed groups in  South Sudan over the past year. Photograph:  Samir Bor/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

The United Nations has secured a pledge for the release of about 3,000 child soldiers in South Sudan, in what it called “one of the largest ever demob(...)

Fr Michael Drumm of the Catholic Schools Partnership was asked whether issues surrounding LGBT rights might surface in a job interview

A teacher being asked “what about the homos?” during a job interview must go down as one of the most bizarre human resources episodes of recent tim(...)

Tom McMahon, senior statistician, Richard McMahon, assistant director general and Patrick Foley, statistician, at the Central Statistics Office at Government Buildings Dublin yesterday. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Families squeezed into hotel rooms, with nowhere for children to play because they have been priced out of their homes. Children growing up in homes w(...)

Boys stand by a wall in the old city of Aleppo in Syria. Unicef predicts by the end of 2015, the lives of over 8.6 million children across Syria will have been torn apart by violence and forced displacement. Photograph: Jalal Al-Mamo/Reuters

The humanitarian crisis in Syria and the Middle East and the growing number of African migrants making the treacherous journey across the Mediterranea(...)

Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade Charlie Flanagan announced the Government will provide €3.2m in urgent humanitarian aid to communities in CAR, Chad and Yemen. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The Government will provide €3.2 million in urgent humanitarian assistance to communities affected by conflict and drought in the Central African Repu(...)

Sinn Féin’s health and children spokesman Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin put the issue of child poverty before Minister for Children Dr James Reilly in the Dáil. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Child poverty increased in Ireland from 18 per cent to 28.6 per cent between the years 2008 and 2012, Sinn Féin health and children spokesman Caoimhgh(...)