Torrrential rains of the last few days have washed away crops and coltures at the Milima area in Chikhwawa, Malawi. Photograph: Bonex Juliusbonex Julius/AFP/Getty Images

The death toll from flooding in Malawi has more than tripled with 176 fatalities and at least 200,000 displaced, according to the government.Vice-pres(...)

Minister for the Marine Simon Coveney: options in helping combat sea piracy include sending a well-trained unit of 20 to serve on World Food Programme vessels, sending Air Corps personnel and an aircraft to improve surveillance capacity or deploying “a fully crewed ship for a period of three or four months to participate in the work the fleet is doing there”. Photograph: Alan Betson

The Government is expected to decide within the next month whether to send Defence Forces personnel to the Indian Ocean to assist in tackling piracy.(...)

A Syrian refugee girl makes tea inside a caravan at the Al Zaatari refugee camp in the Jordanian city of Mafraq, near the border with Syria. The UN World Food Programme has said it is restarting food aid for 1.7 million Syrian refugees in Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey, Iraq and Egypt after it received enough donations to fund the halted programme. Photograph: Muhammad Hamed/Reuters

The United Nations refugee agency urged rich nations on Tuesday to show solidarity with Syria’s neighbours by making pledges to resettle the most vuln(...)

A lack of funds has forced the UN World Food Programme (WFP) to stop providing food vouchers for 1.7 million Syrian refugees in Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey, Iraq and Egypt.  Photograph of people, who are internally displaced outside tents at the Jarjanaz refugee camp. Photograph:Khalil Ashawi /Reuters

A lack of funds has forced the UN World Food Programme (WFP) to stop providing food vouchers for 1.7 million Syrian refugees in Jordan, Lebanon, Turke(...)

President Michael D Higgins who is visiting Ethiopia, Malawi and South Africa: “These are our  fellow children of the planet. We have to decide that we will allow the people to live and to survive at least . . . Feeding children on 80 cents a day and to be short of the 80 cents is a scandal to humanity.” Photograph: Joe Giddens/PA

It might have been a scene from Yeats’s Among School Children, there in the Tierkidi refugee camp in Ethiopia’s Gambella province on the borders with (...)

Seán Sherlock TD. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Funding of €600,000 and emergency supplies are to be sent to assist communities battling the Ebola outbreak in west Africa, Minister of State for Dev(...)

A resident of the West Point neighbourhood, which has been quarantined following an outbreak of Ebola, receives food rations from the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) in Monrovia. Liberian authorities introduced a nationwide curfew last week and put the West Point neighbourhood under quarantine to curb the spread of the disease. Photograph: 2Tango/Reuters

The world’s worst Ebola epidemic has put harvests at risk and sent food prices soaring in West Africa, the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) (...)

An Israeli soldier during a media tour organized by the army of a tunnel said to be used by Palestinians for cross-border attacks, on the Israel-Gaza border yesterday. Photograph: Jack Guez/Pool via The New York Times

The number of fatalities in Gaza climbed to more than 820 yesterday as the Israeli bombardment of the strip continued by air, sea and land. Large swat(...)

Speaking in Cairo, US secretary of state John Kerry said both sides still had some “terminology” to agree on but that they had a “fundamental framework” for a ceasefire. Photograph: EPA

  The prospects of a ceasefire in the Gaza Strip were in the balance last night after Israel rejected a proposal tabled by US secretary of(...)

People work in a field near Aleppo in Syria. Some 6.5 million Syrians could require emergency rations, the World Food Programme has warned. Photograph: Nour Kelze/Reuters

The World Food Programme has warned that war-torn Syria is facing a drought that could threaten the lives of (...)