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 Josephine O’Reilly, from Dún Laoghaire, protesting at Rehab with the campaign group Justice for Polio Survivors in 2018. Photograph: Andres Poveda

“Polio” was a word that struck dread into the hearts of Irish parents during the 1940s and 1950s. Until the invention of a vaccine, the epidemic could(...)

The El Tarajal border point between Ceuta and Morocco. Photograph: Guy Hedgecoe

Mohamed arrived in Ceuta only a few weeks ago and since then he has tried to stow away on trucks and lorries boarding ferries for the Spanish mainland(...)

Colm Kelleher: will remain a senior adviser to Morgan Stanley

Irish man Colm Kelleher, the second-most-senior executive at Morgan Stanley, is retiring at the end of June, setting the scene for a lengthy contest b(...)

A medical worker in protective wear attending to a patient in a “bio-secure” plastic cube at an Ebola treatment center in Beni, Democratic Republic of Congo in December. Photograph: Diana Zeyneb Alhindawi/The New York Times

A quarter of people surveyed in Democratic Republic of Congo’s Ebola hotspots believed the virus was not real, a study said on Wednesday, as the worl(...)

Police officers help migrants to disembark from the merchant ship Elhiblu 1 in Senglea, in Valletta’s Grand Harbour, Malta. Photograph: Darrin Zammit Lupi/Reuters

A group of migrants accused of hijacking a merchant vessel in the Mediterranean disembarked in Malta on Thursday after Maltese special forces took con(...)

French president Emmanuel Macron, EU Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker and German chancellor Angela Merkel greet  Xi Jinping at the Élysée Palace in Paris. Photograph: Ludovic Marin/AFP/Getty Images

The 14th-century admonition that “He who sups with the devil should have a long spoon” is the mantra these days of many European leaders. The devil in(...)

Mary Robinson: ‘In Africa I saw the devastating impacts [of climate change] on poor farmers, villagers and communities.’ Photograph: Tom Honan

Denial of climate change is not just ignorant, but “malign and evil”, because it denies the human rights of the most vulnerable people on the planet, (...)

Workers offload food aid from a South African National Defence Force helicopter on Monday in the aftermath of Cyclone Idai in Buzi, near Beira, Mozambique. Photograph: Reuters/Mike Hutchings

Fresh fundraising appeals have been made to provide relief to hundreds of thousands people in Southern Africa who are suffering in the aftermath of Cy(...)

Chinese president Xi Jinping  during a welcome ceremony prior to a meeting with Prince Albert II of Monaco in Monte Carlo on Sunday.  Photograph: Sebastien Nogier/EPA

French president Emmanuel Macron is stretching his political philosophy of constructive ambiguity to the limit during the state visit of the Chinese p(...)

People of Buzi arrive by boat on Sunday at Beira port in Mozambique seeking shelter in the wake of cyclone Idai. The storm  also killed scores of people in Zimbabwe and Malawi. Photograph: Antonio Silva/EPA

Mozambique has recorded more deaths from a cyclone and floods around southern Africa, a government minister said on Sunday, with hundreds left in camp(...)

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