Bringing it  all together – actor Peter Duffy

Although he died almost 140 years ago, the Russian writer Fyodor Dostoevsky has aged surprisingly well.   This is partly because (in the book Th(...)

Fr Martin Pender and  a Congolese asylum seeker:  “It is absolute psychological abuse,” says Fr Martin Pender. He is “ashamed” Irish taxpayers are sponsoring such poor treatment of asylum seekers. Photograph: Dave Meehan

The treatment of asylum seekers in Ireland is worse than in South Africa and comparable to institutional abuse throughout this island in the last cent(...)

Aurora Prize laureate Dr Tom Catena during the ceremony in Yerevan, Armenia. He was honoured for treating casualties under fire in Sudan, where he said the Sudanese government is embroiled in a disagreement with rebels over who delivers aid. Photograph: Victor Boyko/Getty Images for Aurora Humanitarian Initiative

A life-saving surgeon honoured for treating casualties under fire in Sudan has urged the international community to help solve a dispute blocking huma(...)

The British supreme court has ruled that the  government’s mandatory ‘minimum income’ immigration requirement is legal. Photograph: PA

Britain’s supreme court has ruled that government financial measures which are hitting British citizens who want foreign spouses or partners to join t(...)

People watch on TV the screening of the start of the ICC  trial of former Lord’s Resistance Army commander Dominic Ongwen who is facing  charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity in Uganda. Photograph: Isaac Kasamani/AFP/Getty Images

The world’s first permanent war crimes court, the International Criminal Court (ICC) was established in 2002 in The Hague, with 122 countries signing (...)

Pope Francis waves from the balcony of St Peter’s basilica during the traditional “Urbi et Orbi” Christmas message. Photograph: AFP

The world must harness the power of love rather than might and wealth to bring peace to areas of the world blighted by conflict, Pope Francis has said(...)

Joseph Kabila won elections in 2006 and 2011, but is constitutionally limited to two terms. Photograph: Desirey Minkoh/AFP/Getty Images

The Democratic Republic of the Congo is bracing for violent protests and riots when the mandate of President Joseph Kabila, who critics accuse of see(...)

A Syrian Kurdish woman hangs out washing at Ritsona refugee camp north of Athens, which hosts about 600 refugees and migrants. The EU’s border agency says the number of migrants arriving in the Greek islands has increased significantly over the past month. Photograph: Petros Giannakouris/AP

Differences between Irish and Italian authorities over the handling of asylum seekers’ applications for relocation have resulted in no migrants movin(...)

Pope Francis delivers the Urbi et Orbi benediction at the Vatican. Photograph: Reuters/Osservatore Romano

At the end of a week marked by terrorist attacks, Pope Francis urged people not to lose “all hope and joy in life”. Making his traditional Urbi et O(...)

Laura, a pharmacist from Lucan, Co Dublin, moved to Haiti in 2012 to work with global health organisation Partners in Health. During her time there s(...)

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