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A woman shows her malnourished baby at an intensive nutritional rehabilitation centre  southern Niger. Of the 189 countries in the Human Development Index, Ireland ranked fourth and Niger last. Photograph:  Getty Images

Living conditions have improved faster in Ireland than anywhere else in the world over the past five years, according to a newly published United Nati(...)

Little more than a decade ago, it would have been rare to hear about an Irish person moving to the Gulf States in the Middle East. But over the past f(...)

The Bibi Maryam mausoleum in the ancient city of Qalhat, Oman. Qalhat  has been added to the Unesco world heritage list. Photograph: Unesco/QDP/EPA

Three new sites have been awarded world heritage status by Unesco, including a remote Kenyan settlement and an ancient city in Oman. The 42nd sessio(...)

Mohammad bin Salman,  Fifa president Gianni Infantino and Russian president Vladimir Putin at the World Cup opening ceremony. Photograph: Alexei  Druzhinin/EPA

Saudi Arabia’s crown prince Mohammed bin Salman appeared in public on Thursday for the first time since mid-April at the opening of the World Cup in M(...)

The Villa Spada, the Irish embassy in Rome. Derek Hannon is to replace Emma Madigan as teh new ambassador to the Holy See in the Vatican.

The Government has agreed a series of ambassadorial appointments, finalising a round of changes in Ireland’s diplomatic representation around the worl(...)

Jeffrey Donaldson, DUP MP for Lagan Valley, set up  Causeway in 2011 with  his brother, Kingsley, who looks after the day-to-day running of the company. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

A leading human rights charity has alleged that companies owned by Invest Northern Ireland and Democratic Unionist Party MP Jeffrey Donaldson have tr(...)

 Jack and Tracy  Hamilton on the family farm in Comber Co Down. Photograph: Pacemaker Press

Driving along the back roads on the outskirts of Belfast, one would be forgiven for thinking it a relatively sleepy part of the country, merely facil(...)

Missile fire  over Daraa, Syria, on Thursday. Photograph: Alaa al Faqir/Reuters

Israel claims to have destroyed dozens of Iranian military targets across Syria in one of its biggest air operations in recent decades. Thursday morn(...)

 Iranian MPs burn a US flag in the parliament in Tehran following  US president Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw from the nuclear accord. Photograph: AFP

US president Donald Trump’s decision to pull out of the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran has undermined reformist president Hassan Rouhani and reinvigorate(...)

US president Donald Trump after an exchange with reporters prior to the start of a Cabinet meeting the White House in Washington, Wednesday, May 9th, 2018.  Also pictured (from left) are interior secretary Ryan Zinke; John Sullivan, the deputy secretary of state;  and Patrick Shanahan, the deputy secretary of defence. Photograph: Doug Mills/New York Times

US president Donald Trump has warned of “severe consequences” if Iran restarts its nuclear activity, a day after he announced America’s withdrawal fro(...)

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