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 Patsy Hutch (centre): the intended target of the gang. Photograph: Alan Betson

A “hit for hire team” accused of planning to kill a Hutch family member were stopped by gardaí 250 metres from his home in Dublin’s north inner city, (...)

Thousands of Buddhists listen to Sitagu Sayadaw, one of Myanmar’s most revered Buddhist leaders, in Paleik in November 2017. Photograph: Minzayar Oo/The New York Times

The Buddhist abbot was sitting cross-legged in his monastery, fulminating against the evils of Islam, when the petrol bomb exploded within earshot. Bu(...)

Mutlaq bin Majid al-Qahtani (R), the special envoy of the Qatari Foreign Minister for Terrorism and Mediation in the Settlement of Disputes, attends the second day of the Intra Afghan Dialogue talks in the Qatari capital Doha. Photograph: Karim Jaafar/AFP/Getty Images

The US special envoy for peace in Afghanistan wound up on Tuesday the seventh round of talks he has held with the Taliban in Qatar, after signs of pro(...)

Shakila Zareen: Half of her face was blown away when her husband shot her in her home country of Afghanistan. She had been forced to marry him at 16.

Shakila Zareen’s fingernails are painted in alternate colours of rose pink and glittery blue. She’s wearing a vividly embroidered red dress and gold p(...)

The Irish passport is considered one of the most prized in the world because it offers visa-free travel to 183 countries

The Irish passport remains one of the most powerful in the world, according to a new ranking that shows US and UK travel documents drop in score. The(...)

 Cambodian officials prepare to burn seized illegal drugs during a drug destruction event in Phnom Penh, Cambodia on Wednesday. Photograph:   EPA/Kith Serey

Synthetic opioid use is booming, the United Nations said on Wednesday in a worldwide drug report that showed deaths in the United States from overdose(...)

US president Donald Trump: his decision to pull out of the 2015 nuclear deal was always bound to have consequences.  Photograph: Erin Schaff/The New York Times

The shooting down of a US surveillance drone by Iran this week and America’s equivocal response opens a new front in the increasingly tense standoff b(...)

An estimated 188 million parents worldwide say their children are unvaccinated. Photograph: David Cheskin/PA Wire

Trust in vaccines – one of the world’s most effective and widely-used medical products – is highest in poorer countries but weaker in wealthier ones w(...)

Animatronic head of Arnold Schwarzenegger  in a hydraulic press during an advert to remind people they have just over two months left to complain about PPI. Photograph: Financial Conduct Authority/PA

The man who will almost certainly be Britain’s next prime minister once declared he would “lie down…in front of the bulldozers” to prevent the constru(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar visits Irish troops in Mali in January. The existing troops are there in a non-combat training role.

Ireland went to war twice this week. One of these conflicts – the one that dominated public discussion – was a running joke. The idea that diplomatic (...)

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