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Gay Byrne: as he  passed through the Pearly Gates, he was probably still asking “Why?” Photograph:  Nick Bradshaw/PA

During my seminary days at the Irish College Rome, which largely coincided with the Second Vatican Council, I had a line to say in one of the plays we(...)

Namita Pradhan, second from right, works alongside colleagues at iMerit’s technology center in Bhubaneswar, India. Tech executives rarely discuss the labour-intensive process that goes into the creation of artificial intelligence. Photograph: Rebecca Conway/New York Times

Namita Pradhan sat at a desk in downtown Bhubaneswar, India, about 40 miles from the Bay of Bengal, staring at a video recorded in a hospital on the o(...)

Ronan Scully sets off with friends on the  Bay to Bay charity  walk from  Ardmore Bay in Waterford  to Galway Bay this weekend.

A former Operation Transformation contestant will bring the distance he has walked for charity over the past 27 years to 10,000 miles in the coming we(...)

Indian prime minister Narendra Modi after the election results in New Delhi on Thursday. Photograph:  Adnan Abidi/Reuters

Narendra Modi is set to become India’s prime minister for a second successive five-year term, after his Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)(...)

Passengers ride the train from Joginder Nagar, India. The 160km journey from the  city of Pathankot, in the state of Punjab, to Joginder Nagar, takes 10 hours. Photograph: Rebecca Conway/The New York Times

Across the Kangra Valley, in the hills below the snow-capped peaks of the Himalayas, the promise of a modern railway reverberated like the beginning o(...)

Stranded passengers rest inside a railway station after trains between Kolkata and Odisha were cancelled ahead of Cyclone Fani, in Kolkata, India. Photograph: Rupak De Chowdhuri/Reuters

Cyclone Fani, one of the strongest storms to batter the Indian subcontinent in decades, made landfall near Puri, India, on Friday morning, lashing the(...)

 Local policemen petrol near coastal line at Konark in Puri district on the eve of cyclone Fani’s landfall in Odisha coast, India. Photograph: EPA/STR

India has accelerated efforts to evacuate more than a million people along its northeast coastline as a cyclone intensifies ahead of landfall on Frida(...)

Ronan Scully with baby Yeabsira in Awaza in Ethiopia. Photograph: Andrew Downes

Ronan Scully is the business development representative for Gorta Self Help Africa. He is married to Jacqui O’Grady, and has two daughters – Mia (11) (...)

The falling price of air fares and growing incomes in India have led to a huge increase in domestic flights. File Photograph: Danny Lawson/PA Wire

A passenger has been taken off an Indian domestic flight after trying to enter the cockpit to charge his phone. The man, who some Indian media report(...)

After plying the sprawling wetlands of the River Ganges and its many tributaries, fishermen return to Kolkata, India. Photograph: Saumya Khandelwal/New York Times

I wanted to glimpse the future in the city where I was born. So, this summer I returned to India for a firsthand look at the way climate change is aff(...)

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