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The OECD’s report shows that in Ireland, there were 25 students in primary classes, the fifth highest in the 36-member OECD. Only the UK, Japan, Israel and Chile had slightly larger class sizes.

Ireland has the some of the largest school class sizes in the developed world, according to a major international education report. The OECD’s Educat(...)

Nicaraguan president Daniel Ortega (right) and vice-president Rosario Murillo: deny government responsibility for the turmoil. Photograph: Oswaldo Rivas/Reuters

The Nicaraguan authorities and paramilitary groups working with them have killed, tortured, raped and forcibly disappeared anti-government protesters,(...)

epA man mocks Nicaraguan president Daniel Ortega during an anti-government protest in Managua on August 11th. Photograph: Esteban Biba/EPA

Juan José is digging a latrine on the small, 8m by 25m plot the government of Daniel Ortega has given him to build a house. It is prime real estate, a(...)

The cargo ship ‘Polar Chile’ was about to depart from Costa Rica en route to Cork when it was boarded and searched and the drugs found.

Cocaine valued at about €10 million and believed to be owned by the Kinahan cartel has been seized in Central America. It was being smuggled in sea (...)

Nicaraguans wait in line early in the morning to request a passport outside a government building in Managua on July 28th. Photograph: Daniele Volpe/New York Times

There is always a line outside the main passport office, often with several hundred people or more clutching documents and manila folders. It starts f(...)

Falling over in the box...  a bar in Rio de Janeiro says it will serve a free round of beer during Brazil’s match against Serbia every time Neymar executes what is increasingly his on-field signature – the elaborate tumble at the merest hint of contact. Photograph: Lee Smith/Var Reuters

We need to talk about Neymar. Again. The Brazilian is one of the world’s most gifted footballers but is increasingly seen by fans everywhere as a che(...)

  Sweden’s Andreas Granqvist celebrates scoring their  penalty. Photograph: Matthew Childs/Reuters

Sweden 1 South Korea 0 There is a feeling with VAR that all it is doing is replacing one sort of controversy with another. In days gone by, Swedish (...)

Saudi Arabia crown prince Mohammad bin Salman, Fifa president Gianni Infantino and Russian president Vladimir Putin  in Moscow on Thursday. Photograph:  Alexei Druzhinin/Sputnik/EPA

Sport and politics shouldn’t mix, goes the earnest cliché. Except they do – all the time. And that’s partly what makes some sports so interesting. The(...)

 Danny Rose   during  an England training session at St Georges Park in Burton-upon-Trent. Photograph:  Alex Livesey/Getty Images

Danny Rose has revealed he suffered depression which he believes was triggered by the treatment of a knee injury coupled with family tragedy. In an ex(...)

Raheem Sterling: “You see a gun on someone’s leg, you are going to automatically think: ‘What the hell are you doing?’ ” Photograph: Action Images via Reuters/Carl Recine

Raheem Sterling has admitted he understands the frenzied reaction to the tattoo of a M16 assault rifle inked on his right calf but has not been affec(...)

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