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Finns topped the UN’s happiness rankings. Photograph: Getty

Happy are the people of the Nordic nations, happier, in fact, than anyone else in the world. And the overall happiness of a country is almost identica(...)

Jennifer Musa photographed in 2005. The one-time nurse from Co Kerry was the poverty-hit province’s first female MP, once ran an ice-factory and defied local traditions by refusing to cover her head with a veil. Photograph: AFP

Kerry nurse Jennifer Musa became a widely loved peacemaker in Balochistan, now one of the four provinces of Pakistan. She promoted women’s rights in t(...)

The Government should heed Transparency International Ireland’s injunction to commit more resources, strengthen legislation and ensure adequate enforcement of the framework of laws already on the statute book that help prevent corruption. Photograph: Alan Betson

Ireland’s rating of 19th out of 183 states in the latest annual Corruption Perceptions Index compiled by Transparency International is disappointing a(...)

A copy of the Amnesty International Report 2017/18. Photograph: Reuters

Increasing homelessness, conditions in direct provision centres, sex workers’ rights and restrictions on women’s and girls’ reproductive rights are am(...)

A Rohingya family’s makeshift tent in the Balukhali refugee camp in Bangladesh, in September 2017. Amnesty International said the international community had failed to respond robustly to “crimes against humanity and war crimes from Myanmar to Iraq, South Sudan, Syria and Yemen”. Photograph:  Tomas Munita/The New York Times

The crisis in Myanmar and reported massacres of Rohingya Muslims are the consequence of a society encouraged to hate and a lack of global leadership o(...)

 A woman carries a suitcase at Corail, a camp for displaced people on the outskirts of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, after an earthquake in 2010.  Photograph: Andres Martinez Casares/Reuters

When you’re working in a war zone or after a natural disaster, emotions can run high, says one Irish UN worker with long experience in the aid sector.(...)

Alexanda Kotey (left) and El Shafee Elsheikh: were part of group allegedly responsible for murdering approximately two dozen hostages in Syria.

Relatives of the victims of an Islamic State torture and murder cell known as “the Beatles” have expressed relief that the two remaining members have (...)

Ugandan teacher Akwii Mary Goretti, speaking to students in Trinity Comprehensive School, Ballymun, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

One teacher for every 100 students. That’s the reality for Mary Goretti, a secondary school teacher from Uganda who works in a refugee camp. But tha(...)

Tasneem El-Zaki: hopes to return to Sudan next month to continue her work defending women living in rural Darfur. Photograph: Front Line Defenders

In December 2016 Tasneem El-Zaki was arrested and put into isolation in a Sudanese prison for three months. The human rights lawyer was 28 years old a(...)

 DUP leader Arlene Foster arrives at Stormont earlier this month.  This week the party held its first official meeting with campaigners for same-sex marriage. It praised the meeting as “useful”  but it did not alter its opposition one iota.  File photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

There may or may not be a significant hardening of the economic border but a new social border in Ireland is about to appear, certainly and imminently(...)

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