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Democratic Republic of Congo president Felix Tshisekedi receives the presidential sash from outgoing president Joseph Kabila after being sworn in in Kinshasa on January 24th. Photograph: Jerome Delay/AP

For the first time in more than two decades, the Democratic Republic of Congo, the largest country by landmass in sub-Saharan Africa and a repository (...)

Democratic Republic of Congo’s outgoing president Joseph Kabila (right) sits next to his successor Felix Tshisekedi during the inauguration ceremony in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo. Photograph: Olivia Acland/Reuters

Opposition leader Felix Tshisekedi called for national reconciliation on Thursday as he became Democratic Republic of Congo’s president, succeeding J(...)

Felix Tshisekedi, leader of the Congolese main opposition party, the Union for Democracy and Social Progress, gestures to supporters at party headquarters in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo, earlier this month. Photograph: Olivia Acland/Reuters

First the good news. When Felix Tshisekedi is inaugurated as president of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in Kinshasa today, it will be the cou(...)

Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan welcomed the second call for applicants to the Humanitarian Admission Programme. File photograph: Eric Luke

The Minister for Justice has announced that a family reunification programme launched earlier this year is to re-open until the end of January 2019 af(...)

Deirdre Mangaoang (acting programme director RCSI/COSECSA Collaboration Programme) shares gifts with twins Bupe and Mapalo Mwape and extended family in the remote village of Chabatama in the Kawambwa region of Zambia.

This is a story about how two very small deals . . . When Lydia Mwape arrived at a district hospital in Kawambwa, an isolated town in north Zambia, i(...)

Children wait to receive food rations in Sana’a, Yemen. War-torn Yemen is one of six countries identified in a new report as having ‘alarming’ levels of hunger. Photograph: Yahya Arhab/ EPA

Hunger is a persistent threat to the lives of almost 70 million forcibly displaced people across the globe – the highest number since records began, a(...)

Norbert Nkengurutse in the Crawford Gallery, Cork. “Direct provision is not a bad system but it’s a poorly organised system.” Photograph:  Daragh McSweeney/Provision

When Norbert Nkengurutse arrived in Ireland seeking asylum he hoped his wife and children would be able to follow him without delay. Given the violenc(...)

 Sibusisiwe (Busie) Mhlophe at the marina  in Cork city centre near where she runs with her club Togher AC. Photograph:  Clare Keogh

Each morning Sibusisiwe Mhlophe checks the notice board in the Kinsale Road direct provision centre where she’s living. She tries her best to hide her(...)

At the giraffe sanctuary in Nairobi. Photograph: Fionn McCann

Ever been kissed by a giraffe? Well, I took the bit between my teeth so to speak at the Giraffe Centre in Nairobi, one of the city’s premier tourist d(...)

National security adviser John Bolton denounced the legitimacy of The Hague-based court at a speech to the Federalist Society on Monday. Photograph: Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP/Getty Images

The International Criminal Court (ICC) said on Tuesday it would “continue to do its work undeterred” a day after US national security adviser John Bol(...)

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