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Although JCB experienced weak construction equipment sales in some areas of the world, it saw business in Africa double and registered growth of 12 per cent in the Middle East. Photograph: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

Digger manufacturer JCB has defied a slump in the global construction market to record the highest profits in its 67-year history. The fa(...)

President Michael D Higgins addressed the  conference on climate change and global hunger in Dublin. Photograph: Frank Miller /	THE IRISH TIMES

President Michael D Higgins today said global hunger represents the grossest of human rights violations and the greatest ethical challenge fac(...)

A boy walks at a garbage disposal site in  Yemen. Photograph:
Mohamed al-Sayaghi/Reuters

It is entirely fitting that Ireland is hosting the international Conference on Hunger, Nutrition and Climate Justice in Dublin today and tomorr(...)

Approximately 90 per cent of the villagers in Passkoto receive food aid. Photograph: Jenny Matthews

Sitting in front of her mud-and-straw hut, surrounded by her children, Djenabou Diallo waits. She waits for the food which she hopes her (...)

Demonstrators wave flags and shout slogans as they gather on the occasion of the Feast of the Martyrs at Avenue Habib Bourguiba in Tunis, earlier this week. Photograph: Anis Mili/Reuters

‘Democracy without bread is not democracy. The only right we have won is freedom of expression. We need an intifada in Tunisia for a real revol(...)

Frank Lampard of Chelsea is unlikely to face Manchester City. Photograph: Ian Walton/Getty Images

The impact of the changing of the guard at Chelsea will properly hit home in tomorrow’s FA Cup semi-final with the interim manager, Rafael Ben(...)

Racing camels take a breather after a race in Saudi Arabia last week. Photograph: Faisal Al Nasser/Reuters

Malian authorities will give French president Francois Hollande another camel after the one they gave him in thanks for helping repel Islamist (...)

Bono: among lobbyists to  have strongly advocated the introduction of an EU extractive transparency law, arguing that companies should be obliged to disclose publicly what they pay to the governments for exploiting gold, gas and other minerals.  Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

European companies involved in mining and other extractive industries worldwide will be obliged to disclose payments made to governments, under(...)

Irish Dairy Board finance director Donal Buggy, chief executive Kevin Lane, and chairman Vincent Buckley at the publication of the IDB’s Full Year Results 2012 report today.

The Irish Dairy Board (IDB) is considering acquisitions in the Middle East and North Africa in the next 12 months after the group reported a tu(...)

Avon Products, the door-to- door cosmetics seller, is to close its Irish operations as part of a worldwide plan to cut 400 jobs and save $400 million by 2016.

Avon Products, the door-to- door cosmetics seller, is to close its Irish operations as part of a worldwide plan to cut 400 jobs and save $400 m(...)

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