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Minister for Communication, Climate Action and Environment Denis Naughten pictured at a meeting with his Canadian counterpart Catherine McKenna in Toronto when he confirmed Ireland is to join the ‘Powering Past Coal’ alliance.

Ireland is to join an international alliance committed to accelerating the end of coal use for power generation and for other forms of energy. Ministe(...)

Ivan Duque of the Centro Democratico party is a front-runner in May’s presidential election. Photograph: Reuters/Carlos Julio Martinez

Colombia’s former guerrilla movement the Farc suffered a mauling on Sunday in its first electoral test since signing a peace agreement in 2016 that sa(...)

Laura Kennedy: I am more reminded of the wisdom of David O’ Doherty than Spinoza. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

I have spent every day for the last several months with a dead man, and that is just the days without a break. In fact, I have spent almost every day (...)

Followers of the political party Farc during the closing of their election campaign, in Fusagasugá, Colombia. Photograph: Felipe Caicedo/Reuters

The former guerrilla movement Farc faces a drubbing on Sunday in its first electoral contest since it transformed itself into a political party follow(...)

Gene Murtagh, CEO of Kingspan: “We will absolutely stay in the hunt for acquisitions.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Brexit uncertainty will continue to squeeze demand for some of Irish insulation maker Kingspan’s products in the UK, chief executive Gene Murtagh beli(...)

Venezuelans line up in Cúcuta, Colombia, to collect a meal given by a non-profit agency.  Photograph: Juan Arredondo/The New York Times

For the past three weeks, Wilya Hernández, her husband and their daughter (2) have been sleeping on the rubbish-strewn streets of Cúcuta, a sprawling (...)

Digicel deal: Denis O’Brien’s company has sold 215 masts to Phoenix Tower International. Photograph: Ken Cedeno/Digital/Corbis via Getty

Digicel, the emerging-markets-focused telecommunications company owned by the businessman Denis O’Brien, has sold 215 wireless-communications towers i(...)

A demonstrator throws stones in recent days during a protest against a campaign rally  for Rodrigo Londono Echeverri, known as “Timochenko”, the presidential candidate for the Common Alternative Revolutionary Force (Farc) political party. Echeverri was to hold a  meeting during a visit to  Yumbo in recent days but was forced to leave because of the violence. Photograph: Luis Robayo/AFP/Getty Images

It is now more than a year since the Colombian government ratified a peace deal with Farc rebels that had been rejected by a narrow majority in a refe(...)

A demonstrator throws stones during a protest against a campaign rally held for Rodrigo Londono Echeverri – “Timochenko” –  the presidential candidate for the Farc political party.  Photograph: Luis Robayo/AFP/Getty Images

Colombia’s former Farc rebel group, now a political party, on Friday temporarily suspended its presidential and legislative election campaigns due to (...)

Gary Thornton finishes the Cape Town marathon.

Gary Thornton will be back in the classroom at Claddagh National School in Galway on Friday morning, limping slightly, still a little tired and hungry(...)

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