Suellen Machado and her husband, Alexsandro Ribas: “I miss my family and friends but even my parents say, ‘oh, I prefer that you are in Ireland’ because Brazil is so dangerous now,” Suellen says. Photograph: Tom Honan

Suellen Machado and her husband, Alexsandro Ribou, left Brazil more than two years ago in the midst of a deep political crisis in their home country. (...)

Margaret Mulubwa in I Am Not a Witch

In this part of the world, we’re lucky enough to be familiar with the socially aware but genre-mindful cinema of Alan Clark and Ken Loach. But I Am No(...)

 Angolan businesswoman Isabel dos Santos,  daughter of outgoing Angolan president Jose Eduardo dos Santos, and her husband Sindika Dokolo. Dos Santos has acquired big stakes in Portugal’s banks and other businesses. Photograph: Fernando Veludo/AFP/Getty Images

How the roles have reversed: The coloniser, some Portuguese contend, has been colonised. On the Portuguese coast of Cascais, where the nation’s royal (...)

Photograph: Joseph Woods

Windhoek, the capital of Namibia, where most travels around the country begin and end, has a slightly frontier feel. Wide boulevards, modern buildings(...)

Sr Anne Carr, a Medical Missionary of Mary sister,  took Bono  on a tour of a  hospital in Lilongwe in Malawi. “I said he was my nephew because strangers weren’t allowed in the hospital.” Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

The Rolling Stones may have had Sister Morphine but U2’s preference is for the altogether more savoury Sr Anne. A Medical Missionary of Mary, Sr Anne (...)

Bertie Ahern said: “I wouldn’t like to be a John Hume over there [in the US] now trying to get attention, whether it was [for] Turkey, Syria, Angola or Sudan...” File photograph: Getty Images

Former taoiseach Bertie Ahern has said he “would not like to be a John Hume” in the US now, trying to elicit support for peace in Northern Ireland. (...)

A volunteer brings daily food rations for internally displaced persons at a camp for people fleeing the conflict in the Kasai region. Photograph: John Wessels/AFP/Getty Images

The Catholic Church in the Democratic Republic of Congo has accused security forces and local militias of killing almost 3,400 people and destroying 2(...)

Sisters of Charity say they will have ‘no involvement in this new company’. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

The rapid secularisation of Irish society made the decision arrived at by the Sisters of Charity yesterday inevitable. The predominant mood of societ(...)

“The Security Council is far from perfect. At times it has been wholly ineffective. Syria is only the most recent and glaring example.” Photograph: Stephanie Keith/Reuters

The United Nations Security Council has been in the news recently. In the past days it has considered how to respond to the use of chemical weapons in(...)

Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan: has faced down calls  to step aside already this year over the  whistleblower controversy. Photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins Photos

Having come out of a week of intense activity when she was forced to fight for her credibility and, indeed, her job, the future looks beset with troub(...)