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Pope Francis made his first official trip outside Rome today with a visit to Lampedusa, the tiny island off Sicily that has been the first port of safety for untold thousands of migrants crossing by sea from North Africa to Europe. The choice of Lampedusa is a highly symbolic one for Francis, who has placed the poor at the centre of his papacy and called on the Church to return to its mission of serving them. Photograph: Alessandro Bianchi/Reuters

Pope Francis has visited the small Italian island of Lampedusa and laid a wreath in memory of the thousands of migrants from Africa who have died tryi(...)

European coal prices fell by 9 per cent in June as a result of low demand due to warm weather and steady supply. Photograph: Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg.

Electricity and gas prices are slowly receding from the record high levels experienced at the beginning of this year. The Bord Gáis Energy Index, whic(...)

Dr Yvonne Crotty,  Jerome Morrissey,  Bessie Nyirenda,  Prof  Brian McCraith,  Hensen Seidisa,   Solange Mukanurenzi and    Dr Margaret Farren were at the ceremony.

Dublin City University held a graduation ceremony yesterday more than 7,000km from home, as the first participants in its “future African leaders” pro(...)

Global food prices fell 1 per cent in June due to improving supply prospects, the United Nations’ food agency said today Photograph: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg.

Global food prices fell 1 per cent in June due to improving supply prospects, the United Nations’ food agency said today, raising forecasts for wheat (...)

One of Google Ireland’s senior managers was dismissed after her employers accelerated the disciplinary process against her believing she was persisten(...)

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un inspect a farm under the Korean People's Army.`The place most likely to have a 10 per cent growth story is North Korea,' says author Joe Studwell

There’s a 500kg gorilla in the corner of the room when discussing Asia’s remarkable rise over the past few decades: why has the success has been so un(...)

Ashifi Gogo: Sproxil system allows legitimacy of medication to be checked

Ashifi Gogo came straight from an awards ceremony at the White House to speak at the HealthXL Global Gathering in Dublin last month. A native of Ghana(...)

People gather with candles for Nelson Mandela outside the Medi-Clinic Heart Hospital where he is being treated  in Pretoria, South Africa. Photograph: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

US president Barack Obama will host a summit of leaders from sub-Saharan Africa next year, the White House has said.The announcement came as Mr Obama (...)

The United States does not feel threatened by the growth of trade and investment in Africa by China and other emerging powers, US president Barack Ob(...)

US president Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama are greeted by South African minister of international relations and co-operation Maite Mkoana-Mashabne after arriving at Waterkloof air force base in Pretoria yesterday. Photograph: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

US president Barack Obama yesterday dampened expectations that he might visit a critically ill Nelson Mandela during his tour of South Africa, saying (...)

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