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David Olusoga, Mary Beard and Simon Schama. Photograph: BBC

Perhaps it is because it seems so primitive that a red outline of a human hand from 40,000 years ago inspires such an immediate tingle of connection. (...)

 Roberto Arturo Lopez, a coffee farmer in Honduras, Juliet Arku Mensah of  Volta River Estates in  Ghana, and Dario Sotoabril, chief executive of Fairtrade International, at the launch of Fairtrade Fortnight in Dublin on Monday. Photograph:  Shane O’Neill

Sales of Fairtrade products in Ireland grew by 25 per cent in 2017, with consumer spending on the goods, which are sourced from producers who work in (...)

Lisa Tierney-Keogh: ‘I have encountered more opportunity, more chances to pursue my dreams in the US than I’ve had anywhere else I’ve travelled to.’ Photograph: Maribel de la Torre

The final line of the US national anthem, The Star Spangled Banner, goes “O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave”. There is an intense pr(...)

 Supporters of the Opposition Alliance face off with police during a protest in Tegucigalpa, Honduras on  January 20th.  Photograph: Gustavo Amador/EPA

Honduran soldiers and police clashed with protesters blocking roads across the Central American country on Saturday, as discontent continues to fester(...)

Supporters of Salvador Nasralla, presidential candidate for the Opposition Alliance Against the Dictatorship, protesting in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, on Wednesday. Photograph: Jorge Cabrera/Reuters

A TV host who seemed poised to win Sunday’s Honduran presidential election brought thousands of protesters onto the streets on Wednesday, as his early(...)

A sign above the entrance to the Casa Del Migrante –  “House of Migrants” – on the outskirts of Ciudad Juarez reads “Welcome brother and sister migrants”. Photograph: Stephen Starr

For decades, the US has been the promised land and a refuge for people fleeing poverty and violence across South and Central America. But with a recor(...)

The eye of Hurricane Nate pushes ashore at a category 1 storm in Biloxi, Mississippi. Photograph: Mark Wallheiser/Getty Images

Tropical Storm Nate’s maximum sustained winds dropped to 45 miles per hour (70 km per hour), the National Hurricane Center said on Sunday morning, a f(...)

Fyffes faced outright expulsion last week, but Ethical Trading Initiative has decided to give the new talks a chance. Photograph: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

Dublin-based tropical fruits company Fyffes has secured a reprieve from being expelled from an influential ethical body as the firm and its new Japane(...)

Bananalink protest outside the extraordinary general meeting of fruit distributor Fyffes, which approved the group’s €751 million takeover by Japanese group Sumitomo Corporation in February. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Fyffes, the Dublin-based tropical fruits company taken over in February by a Japanese group, has been given until next month to resolve a dispute over(...)

The tower of the former Lucky Strike tobacco factory looms over Durham,  North Carolina, a reminder of the industry that thrived there for almost 200 years. Photograph: George Rinhart/Corbis via Getty Images

August is the time of escape from Washington, when thousands of workers and political types leave the swampy heat of the nation’s capital and escape t(...)

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