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Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, on left at lectern, is congratulated after being sworn in as the country’s new president, in Mogadishu. Photograph: Malin Fezehai/The New York Times

The US has signed an order to deploy troops to Somalia, the day after Somalia elected a new president. On Monday, US president Joe Biden effectively (...)

For the poorest of the poor, the price of food is a matter of life and death. Juan Mabromata/AFP/Getty Images

The British economist and writer Barbara Ward (1914-1981) – a woman of faith – had an international reputation as a promoter of sustainable developmen(...)

A healthcare worker prepares a dose of the Pfizer/BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine. Photograph: Mark Felix/AFP via Getty Images

Vaccine producers came under attack this week from activists looking for at least temporary waivers to help drive wider vaccination levels in low- and(...)

A  Somali MP exits a voting booth in Garowe in Somalia’s semi-autonomous Puntland region back in 2014.  The presidential election takes place  this  Sunday. Photograph: AFP via Getty

A record 39 candidates are running for Somalia’s long-awaited presidential election, which will take place on Sunday after being stalled for more than(...)

The annual meeting running until Saturday brings together top diplomats from Britain, Canada, Germany, France, Italy, Japan, the United States and the EU to a 400-year-old castle estate in the Baltic Sea resort of Weissenhaus. Photograph:  EPA/RONALD WITTEK

Foreign ministers from the G7 group of nations backed giving more aid and weapons to Kyiv as they met on Friday in what Germany called a “powerful sig(...)

Women queue at a water pump: ‘In some places in Burkina Faso people wait in line for 72 hours to access boreholes,’ says Patrick Youssef, Africa director for the International Committee of the Red Cross. Photograph: Olympia de Maismont/AFP

International aid organisations are warning of a growing hunger crisis in the central Sahel due to climate change, drought and insecurity. About four(...)

‘The big decision in my life around Leaving Cert was whether I would study art at NCAD or physics at Trinity,’ says Sinéad Griffin from Rush in Co Dublin

Your research is about discovering new materials – how do you do that? We are looking to develop new materials for micro-electronics and quantum comp(...)

An Oireachtas committee was examining the issue of waiving intellectual property rights to Covid-19 vaccines. Photograph: Frederic Brown/AFP via Getty Images

The drugs industry was accused by Médecins sans Frontières on Wednesday of showing little interest in investing in vaccines unless and until it was f(...)

Representatives of the pharmaceutical industry say there are more than enough vaccines in the world, but they are not getting to the people who need them fast enough.  Photograph: Jagadeesh NV/EPA

Covid vaccines are being produced faster than they can be administered, according to the industry, which argues that waiving intellectual property rig(...)

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