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Sr Maura Lynch in the operating theatre in Uganda.

Victoria Coffey was 11 years old when her younger brother Alfred died. Her parents had already lost two children before Victoria’s birth and lost a ne(...)

 Hailemariam Desalegn: “I see my resignation as vital in the bid to carry out reforms that would lead to sustainable peace and democracy.” Photograph:  Ashraf Shazly/AFP/Getty Images

Ethiopia’s prime minister Hailemariam Desalegn suddenly resigned on Thursday in what he described as a bid to smooth reforms, following years of viole(...)

Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani: economic siege has pushed Gulf state closer to Iran and has ensured he is probably the most secure ruler in the region. Photograph: Fayez Nureldine/AFP/Getty Images

If a cult of personality is essential for absolute rulers to maintain power then Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, the emir of Qatar, has nothing to fe(...)

Eoghan Murphy: ‘Some tenants are experiencing horrible conditions.’ Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Eoghan Murphy has a miniature basketball hoop within shooting distance of his desk. It hangs on a door in his ministerial office at the Department of (...)

Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates scoring a goal in  the Club World Cup final against  Gremio in Abu Dhabi. Photograph: Karim Sahib/AFP/Getty Images

In terms of goalscoring exploits, Fernando Peyroteo’s achievement in 1938 used to be the benchmark. The grandnephew of António César de Vasconcelos Co(...)

Mugabe resigns: Zimbabweans celebrate in Harare. Photograph: Mike Hutchings/Reuters

Robert Mugabe has resigned as president of Zimbabwe with immediate effect after 37 years in power, the speaker of the country’s parliament has said. T(...)

Hundreds of people pray and celebrate during a peace rally an hour after Zimbabwe’s president Robert Mugabe was officially recalled as party leader of the ruling Zanu PF party, in Harare. Photograph: Kim Ludbrook

Zimbabwe’s ongoing crisis descended into outright chaos on Sunday after president Robert Mugabe failed to announce his resignation as widely expected (...)

Suellen Machado and her husband, Alexsandro Ribas: “I miss my family and friends but even my parents say, ‘oh, I prefer that you are in Ireland’ because Brazil is so dangerous now,” Suellen says. Photograph: Tom Honan

Suellen Machado and her husband, Alexsandro Ribou, left Brazil more than two years ago in the midst of a deep political crisis in their home country. (...)

In this part of the world, we’re lucky enough to be familiar with the socially aware but genre-mindful cinema of Alan Clark and Ken Loach. But I Am No(...)

 Angolan businesswoman Isabel dos Santos,  daughter of outgoing Angolan president Jose Eduardo dos Santos, and her husband Sindika Dokolo. Dos Santos has acquired big stakes in Portugal’s banks and other businesses. Photograph: Fernando Veludo/AFP/Getty Images

How the roles have reversed: The coloniser, some Portuguese contend, has been colonised. On the Portuguese coast of Cascais, where the nation’s royal (...)

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