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Oghenetano John Uwhumiakpor: “My 16-year-old son is keen to leave this country; not to study but to go and live abroad for good. He’s not really comfortable with what’s going on here.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Oghenetano John Uwhumiakpor was in his late teens when his sister underwent female genital mutilation (FGM). He recalls overhearing as a young child t(...)

Current gross production at the Abu Sennan concession stands at more than 5,100 barrels of oil equivalent per day. Photograph: iStock

Irish-founded exploration company United Oil and Gas intends to acquire an Egypt-focused explorer for $16 million (€14.3 million). In a statement on(...)

The “Earl of Rone” is presumed to refer to Hugh O’Neill (c1550–1616), aka the Earl of Ty-rone.  Photograph:  Hulton Archive/Getty Images

It somehow passed me by at the time, but thanks to alert reader Rita Larkin, my attention has been drawn to a strange annual event that took place in (...)

Jiangling Motor Corporation’s   Land Wind and Jaguar Land Rover’s Range Rover  Evoque. Jaguar Land Rover   won a legal case in March to prevent the Chinese car brand from selling  its vehicle

The enormous and growing scale of the problem of counterfeiting throughout the EU – including Ireland – and its damaging effects on legitimate busines(...)

French soldiers Cedric de Pierrepont and Alain Bertoncello who were killed during the rescue of hostages in Burkina Faso. File photograph: Getty

French commandos rescued four foreign hostages including two French citizens from a militant group in Burkina Faso, France’s military said on Friday.(...)

US first lady Melania Trump and US president Donald Trump look on as  German chancellor Angela Merkel talks to French president Emmanuel Macron at the Arc de Triomphe in Paris on November 11, 2018. Photograph:  François Mori

This was the image that the world would remember, President Emmanuel Macron said: 84 heads of state and government and international organisations mar(...)

A six-meter high cartoon baby blimp of Donald Trump is flown as a protest against his visit in Parliament Square in London, England in July. Photograph: Matt Dunham/AP Photo

Even by the standards of the Trump presidency, this week’s developments regarding the US president’s visit to Ireland were bewildering. Less than two (...)

Aine Costigan lives in Halba, Lebanon, where she works as a programme director with Concern Worldwide.

This week Irish Times Abroad meets Aine Costigan, originally from Thomastown, Co Kilkenny, who works as a programme director with Concern Wo(...)

School children around the world are being exposed on a daily basis to cigarette advertising and promotions by a tobacco industry that needs to recrui(...)

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 (...)

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