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Adventures in Sierra Leone

It might have been a box-office hit, but Leo di Caprio’s Blood Diamonds cut a deep scar on Sierra Leone’s international reputation. The savage civil w(...)

A recent sunny Africa Day at Farmleigh in the Phoenix Park was one of the best days out I’ve had in ages. Later, when I thought about why I enjoyed it(...)

Mark Dempsey believes in getting value for money. Five years ago, he chose armed British security guards working for a small security company in Ba(...)

Minister for Defence Alan Shatter said  that in the 2000 to 2010 period when Lariam was prescribed, the death rate of Defence Forces personnel from self-inflicted injuries was 0.24 per cent. It was at a higher rate of 0.32 per cent, between 1989 and 1999 when the drug was not prescribed.

Minister for Defence Alan Shatter has defended the use of the anti-malarial drug Lariam for Irish soldiers, against claims linking it to suicide.He to(...)

Nigeria’s finance minister Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala. “Could do more,” she told the Shell who had proudly declared that 
that
the exploration company had paid $12
billion in taxes last year to African countries “including $4.5 billion into your treasury, 
Ngozi”. Photograph: Reuters

Nigeria’s minister for finance Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala had listened to the man from Shell proudly declare the exploration company had paid $12 billion in(...)

Pat Smullen and Princess Highway will team up for the Group Three Noblesse Stakes in Cork on Sunday. Photograph: Getty Images

It’s getting to the time of year when the classic generation really start getting to grips with older horses and Say could strike an early blow for th(...)

Un climate chief Christiana Figueres: “frustrated” by pace of Bonn talks.  Photograph: Henry Romero/Reuters

African civil society groups have condemned “Russia’s shenanigans” for blocking moves to discuss loss and damage from the impacts of global warming an(...)

 Nelson Mandela  waves to the crowd with  Bob Geldof during a mass rally in Trafalgar Square on February 3rd, 2005

When someone you have known or loved or both dies, there seems to occur a great tearing in the fabric of the world. A weird emptiness opens for a mome(...)

Late former South African president and freedom fighter Nelson Mandela waves to the crowd with musician and campaigner Bob Geldof during a mass rally in Trafalgar Square on February 3rd, 2005 in London, England. Mr Mandela told the rally to help “Make Poverty History in 2005” and help set free millions of people in the world’s poorest countries who remained imprisoned by poverty. Photograph: Scott Barbour/Getty Images

When someone you have known or loved or both dies, there seems to occur a great tearing in the fabric of the world. A weird emptiness opens for a mome(...)

British prime minister David Cameron with Tanzanian IF Youth ambassadors Frank Kapeta before he addressed the Nutrition for Growth global hunger summit in central London on Saturday. Photograph: Andrew Cowie/PA Wire

Standing at the lectern, Tanzanian Frank Kapeta looked even younger than his 17 years. The explanation, he said, was simple: “If you don’t eat, you do(...)

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