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An Airbus A350 Helicopter, piloted by Brad Lake, removed oil barrels and other waste from the MV Alta off the coast of Ballycotton, Co Cork on Wednesday. Photograph: John Hennessy

Over 90 oil barrels have been removed from the “ghost ship” MV Alta, stranded near Ballycotton in East Cork during Storm Dennis. Air services company(...)

Supporters of Libyan military strongman Khalika Haftar carry an effigy of Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan  in Benghazi  on February 14th. Photograph:  Abdullah Doma/AFP via Getty Images

Pick-up trucks carrying fighters from Libya’s Brothers Brigade speed along sandy roads, past the carcasses of burnt-out cars, shuttered shops and wrec(...)

Togo president Faure Gnassingbé: Protests broke out in 2017 and 2018 when he moved to alter the country’s constitution and allow himself to run again. Photograph: Luc Gnago

President Faure Gnassingbé has won a fourth term in power in Togo’s elections, leading to opposition complaints that the vote was rigged. The west Af(...)

The abandoned cargo ship MV Alta  stuck on rocks near the village of Ballycotton south-east of Cork. Photograph:  Cathal Noonan/AFP via Getty

Preparations are continuing over the weekend to use a helicopter to airlift off barrels of oil from a ghost ship stranded on rocks near Ballycotton in(...)

Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg speaks with a member of the Culinary Workers’ Union on a picket line outside the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas. Photograph: Mario Tama/Getty Images

As the political world descended on Las Vegas ahead of this weekend’s Nevada caucuses, life in the state’s most famous city continued as normal. On W(...)

Ben Affleck: ‘I started drinking more and more when my marriage was falling apart’ Photograph: Magdalena Wosinska/New York Times

Warning: This is not one of those celebrity profiles that uses a teaspoon of new information to flavour a barrel of ancient history. There is no parag(...)

Fire and Rescue personal run to move their truck as a bushfire burns next to a major road and homes on the outskirts of the town of Bilpin on December 19th, 2019 in Sydney, Australia. Photograph: David Gray/Getty Images

The recent bushfires in Australia were exacerbated not only by global warming but also by other factors. There is no doubt climate change must be tack(...)

Marine salvage experts will assess how best to remove a number of sealed barriers containing fuel and oil from the ghost ship, MV Alta which remains stranded on rocks near Ballycotton in East Cork.  Photograph: David Creedon /Anzenberger

Marine salvage experts will assess how best to remove a number of sealed barriers containing fuel and oil from the ghost ship, MV Alta, which remains (...)

Climate conditions had created a situation that allowed an “unprecedented” number of locusts to gather, a spokeswoman for the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation said. Photograph: Feisal Omar/Reuters

A swarm of desert locusts has entered South Sudan, bringing east Africa’s worst locust outbreak in decades to an eighth country. The locusts crossed(...)

Conor Hillery, new co-head of investment banking for the JP Morgan’s Europe, Middle East and Africa regions

US banking giant JP Morgan has promoted Irish man Conor Hillery to the position of co-head of investment banking for the group’s Europe, Middle East a(...)

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