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The US name plate one day after the United States announced its withdrawal at the 38th session of the UN Human Rights Council at the UN headquarters in Geneva. Photograph: Martial Trezzini/EPA

The United Nations Human Rights Council is far from perfect. It has inbuilt flaws and needs to be reformed. But it has also been growing more effectiv(...)

Filippo Grandi,  the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees: crises in South Sudan and Congo, and the exodus of Muslim Rohingya, raised forced displacements in 2017 to 68.5 million. Photograph: Mahmud Turkia/AFP/Getty

Nearly 69 million people who had fled war, violence and persecution were forcibly displaced last year, the UN refugee agency said, a record for the fi(...)

The Vatican: The Catholic Church considers that abortion is the worst sin a human can commit, and that terrorism and child sexual abuse are less serious sins.

In 2009, a nine-year-old Brazilian child had to have an emergency abortion when her mother brought her to hospital with stomach pains. The doctors dis(...)

Dan Gertler, Israeli mining investor.  Photograph: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

Glencore said it will restart royalty payments to sanctioned Israeli billionaire Dan Gertler in a bold move likely to test the company’s relations wit(...)

Pope Francis arrives to lead the Wednesday general audience in St Peter’s Square at the Vatican. Photograph: Max Rossi/Reuters

The referendum last Friday confirmed what has been known for some time – that the Catholic Church and Ireland have grown apart. Clearly, many practisi(...)

 A child has  her hands washed as a preventive measure against ebola  in Mbandaka, Democratic Republic of Congo. Photograph:  Reuters/Kenny Katombe

The deadly haemorrhagic virus is back. Dozens of cases of ebola have been reported in the Democratic Republic of Congo since an outbreak began earlier(...)

An International Red Cross Committee staff member walks in front of a quarantine zone at the hospital of Wangata in Mbandaka on Tuesday. Photograph: Junior D Kannah/AFP/Getty Images

Three patients infected with the deadly Ebola virus slipped out of an isolation ward at a hospital in the Congolese city of Mbandaka, an aid group sai(...)

A man drives his bike taxi past the Church of Christ during Pentecost celebrations on Sunday in Mbandaka, northwest of DR Congo. Photograph:  Junior D Kannah/AFP/Getty Images

A vaccination campaign aimed at beating an outbreak of Ebola in Congo began on Monday in the port city of Mbandaka, where four cases of the deadly dis(...)

A health official uses a thermometer to measure the temperature of disembarking passengers at the airport at Mbandaka, Congo.  Photograph: AFP/Junior Kannah/ Getty Images

Health workers in Democratic Republic of Congo will begin a vaccination campaign on Monday aimed at containing an outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus,(...)

Kurdish activist Nurcan Baysal was presented with the 2018 Global Laureate award by the Front Line Defenders organisation on Friday. Photograph: Front Line Defenders.

In a speech to a charity which he helped establish businessman Denis O’Brien has praised those who face defamation. Mr O’Brien, who has taken multipl(...)

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