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A house partially submerged in flood waters in Lokoja city, Kogi State, Nigeria. Photograph: Afolabi Sotunde/Reuters

Floods in much of central and southern Nigeria have killed 100 people across 10 states, a spokesman for the country’s emergency and disasters agency s(...)

Volunteers from all over North Carolina have been  helping to rescue residents and their pets from their flooded homes during Hurricane Florence  in New Bern, North Carolina. Photograph: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

As the flat-bottomed fishing boat crept into a swirling river that had once been Summer Haven Lane, Tray Tillman scanned the brown floodwaters and hal(...)

Simon Meehan from Ballincollig, Cork, participating in  the European Union Contest for Young Scientists at the RDS, speaking with President Michael Higgins and his wife Sabina Coyne. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

President Michael D Higgins has saluted young scientists for their “independence of thought, critical turn of mind and questioning of the status quo”.(...)

At the giraffe sanctuary in Nairobi. Photograph: Fionn McCann

Ever been kissed by a giraffe? Well, I took the bit between my teeth so to speak at the Giraffe Centre in Nairobi, one of the city’s premier tourist d(...)

Everything turns the most comforting colour of all: brown with brown hints of brown. Photograph: Eric Luke

There are good reasons to prefer one colour over another. Who looks good in magenta? One can justify favouring hard, waxy cheese to the damp, rancid s(...)

The accused told Judge Mary Fahy he had never intended to harm his colleague.

A psychiatric nurse has been sentenced to 12 months in prison for assaulting another nurse with a syringe filled with sedating, anti- psychotic medica(...)

Singer Rachid Taha has died of a heart attack at the age of 59. Photograph: Thomas Bregardis/AFP/Getty Images

Rachid Taha, who has died of a heart attack aged 59, shook up the global music scene with his inventive and fiery fusion of Algerian styles and rock, (...)

The stone flake discovered in Blombos Cave  in South Africa. Photograph: Craig Foster/Handout via Reuters

A small stone flake marked with intersecting lines of red ochre pigment some 73,000 years ago that was found in a cave on South Africa’s southern coas(...)

European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker. Photograph: Vincent Kessler/Reuters

The European Union should scrap national vetoes on tax, EU chief executive Jean-Claude Juncker said on Wednesday. In his annual state-of-the-union ad(...)

 File image of Eritrea’s president Isaias Afwerki and Ethiopia’s prime minister Abiy Ahmed in July 2018. File photograph: Tiksa Negeri/Reuters

The leaders of Ethiopia and Eritrea reopened crossing points on their shared border for the first time in 20 years on Tuesday, cementing a stunning re(...)

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