Former US president Bill Clinton and Irish businessman Denis O’Brien shake hands at the Concern Worldwide 50 years Tackling Extreme Poverty Conference in Dublin Castle on Friday. Photograph: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland

In 1968, John O’Loughlin Kennedy, his wife and a legion of like-minded volunteers launched an appeal to help hungry Biafrans in west Africa who were s(...)

Cameroon’s president,  Paul Biya, who has held on to power for 36 years. Photograph: Lintao Zhang  via Reuters

When the American ambassador took up his post in Cameroon late last year, he stepped into an increasingly troubled nation, locked in battle against Is(...)

US permanent representative to UN Nikki Haley:  called rights body a “protector of human-rights abusers, and a cesspool of political bias”. Photograph: Justin Lane/EPA

A few years ago, I covered a long hearing in the cavernous hall in Geneva where the UN Human Rights Council holds its plenary meetings. Ireland was in(...)

50 of the best picnic spots in Ireland: nothing says summer like cheese and onion crisps with an optional sprinkling of sand and a spectacular view of coast, waterfall, lighthouse or forest. Photograph: E+/Getty

The French invented picnics. The Australians professionalised them, adding high-tech portable barbecues, 13 kinds of posh hummus, and sun shades so co(...)

Former German tennis player Boris Becker: role with Central African Republic  as a sports envoy may protect him from bankruptcy proceedings in London. Photograph: Daniel Roland/AFP/Getty

Central African Republic’s foreign minister said on Tuesday that a copy of former tennis champion Boris Becker’s diplomatic passport he had seen was a(...)

Jastine Valdez: the 24-year-old is believed to have been abducted and murdered by Mark Hennessy

Three years ago the number of women killed violently in this country, often at the hands of someone they knew, appeared to be falling. In 2015, five (...)

Priority will be given to people who are able to provide accommodation for their family members given the high demand on limited housing supplies across Ireland.  Photographer: Michaela Rehle/Bloomberg

A family reunification programme that will allow up to 530 refugees join family members in Ireland will open for applications on Monday. The Humani(...)

Inhabitants of the mainly Muslim PK5 neighbourhood of Bangui, Central African Republic, deposit bodies of  victims of  clashes in front of the headquarters of the UN peacekeeping mission in the city. Photograph: Florent Vergnes/AFP/Getty Images

Hundreds of angry demonstrators on Wednesday laid the bodies of at least 16 people killed in clashes in Central African Republic’s capital in front of(...)

Finns topped the UN’s happiness rankings. Photograph: Getty

Happy are the people of the Nordic nations, happier, in fact, than anyone else in the world. And the overall happiness of a country is almost identica(...)

President Michael D Higgins and  Sabina Higgins visit a refugee camp in Athens, Greece, in February. The Irish Refugee Council, Nasc and Oxfam Ireland are calling on the Government to expand the definition of family within the International Protection Act 2015. Photograph: Simela Pantzartzi/EPA

Refugees separated from their families are more likely to experience anxiety and depression in their new home and less likely to be able to learn Engl(...)

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