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Ireland’s answer to Alcatraz has scooped second place in the World Travel Awards coming in ahead of such world famous landmarks as the Great Wall of C(...)

A Congolese fashion designer is promoting safe sex with a collection of clothes made of condoms. File photograph: Pederk/E+/Getty

A Congolese fashion designer is promoting safe sex with a collection of clothes made of condoms that she hopes will help combat HIV/AIDS in the centra(...)

CRH said in August it had around €5 billion in cash to spend on mergers and acquisitions over the next 18-24 months.  Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Irish cement producer CRH, the world’s third-largest building materials supplier by market value, had decided not to bid for rival PPC the South Afric(...)

United Oil & Gas has drilled its well on the Selva Gas field in Italy with the results indicating a “thick gas-bearing reservoir”. Photograph: iStock

An energy company led by former Tullow Oil executives has recorded “positive results” after drilling one of its wells in Italy. United Oil & Gas(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar. Attending the African summit would have been a way for Varadkar to signal that Ireland was taking an active interest in EU affairs beyond its own backyard. Photograph: Aurore Belot/AFP/Getty Images

One of the collateral casualties of Ireland’s political drama this week was a planned trip by Leo Varadkar to west Africa. On the face of it, cancelli(...)

Washing up in Nairobi. Shalom works extensively in the Kibera slum in Nairobi, the biggest slum in Africa. Kibera is home to  250,000 of the 2.5m  slum dwellers in the city. Photograph: Getty Images

Kenya is undergoing yet more turmoil as Uhuru Kenyatta is sworn in for a second five-year presidential term after an unprecedented cancellation of the(...)

Prof William Campbell at Trinity College Dublin this week, pictured with his original dissection kit from his time as an undergraduate student at the university. Photograph: Paul Sharp/Sharppix

Turning children on to science early is William C Campbell’s formula for a wondrous life. Arming them with an understanding of logic also comes in use(...)

Liz Martin has been HIV positive for 26 years. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Liz Martin turned 50 this year, and comes across as a confident, organised, healthy and busy woman, happy with her own life, and with how her four chi(...)

South Africa’s president, Jacob Zuma, celebrates with his supporters after he survived a no-confidence motion in parliament in August. Photograph: Mike Hutchings/Reuters

At one end of the main street in Vrede, a dust-blown farming town in South Africa’s Free State province, stands a stone Dutch Reformed Church. At the (...)

 Art installation titled ‘climate refugees’, by Danish artist Jens Galschiot at the COP23  Conference in Bonn. Photograph: Patrik stollarz/AFP/Getty

An important international meeting about climate change took place in Bonn, Germany earlier this month. Attended by more than 10,000 delegates, it rec(...)

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