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Minister for Health Simon Harris finds himself exactly where others have before: apologising for a system that does not work. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

It is often the deepest mid-winter when a familiar, lingering crisis arrives on to the political agenda once again. Trolleys pile up on corridors j(...)

Joseph Kabila won elections in 2006 and 2011, but is constitutionally limited to two terms. Photograph: Desirey Minkoh/AFP/Getty Images

The Democratic Republic of the Congo is bracing for violent protests and riots when the mandate of President Joseph Kabila, who critics accuse of see(...)

Opec headquarters. Photograph: Getty

The Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (Opec) has agreed its first oil output cuts since 2008, a source told Reuters on Wednesday. Th(...)

People place candles beside a picture of Fidel Castro, as part of a tribute,  in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, following the announcement of the Cuban leader’s death. Photograph: Jorge Cabrera/Reuters

With the death on Friday of former Cuban leader Fidel Castro at the age of 90 Latin America has lost its most important political figure of the 20th c(...)

Fidel Castro in Havana in July 1964. Photograph: Jack Manning/The New York Times

Prominent figures have been paying tribute to Cuban revolutionary leader Fidel Castro, who has died at the age of 90. The US president-elect, Donald (...)

Juan Pujol Garcia, Britain’s most important double agent of the Second World War who almost had his cover blown because his homesick wife could not stand living in England. Photograph: The National Archives/PA Wire

The success of the D-day landings was put at risk by the marital problems of the double agent at the heart of Britain’s elaborate wartime deception o(...)

An Elephants Without Borders plane flying over a herd of elephants at the Ngoma border between Namibia and Botswana while taking part in the survey in February this year. Photograph: AFP/Elephants Without Borders

The greatest animal census ever undertaken in Africa has revealed that elephant numbers are declining far more rapidly than previously believed – prim(...)

Fine Gael Minister for Health Simon Harris: the first 100 days in office have been kind to him.

The appointment of Simon Harris as Minister for Health puzzled some. Harris was elected to the Dáil in 2011; five years later he was given the politic(...)

The Minister for Health told the MacGill Summer School that “we need to stop running the health service based on election cycles”. Photographs: Reuters

Minister for Health Simon Harris has called for a 10-year strategy to reform Ireland’s health service. Mr Harris, speaking at the MacGill Summer Scho(...)

Yellow fever is a serious disease spread by mosquitoes. It affects the liver and kidneys and can be fatal. It can be prevented by vaccine

A recent outbreak of Yellow fever in Angola is a reminder of how important it is to get the necessary vaccinations when travelling long haul. Access t(...)

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