New citizen Maria Guaman from Ecuador at the citizenship ceremony in UCC. Photograph: Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision

Ireland is a place of diversity and openness where limitless possibilities exist for new arrivals, said Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald as she(...)

A health worker takes the temperature of US marines arriving to take part in Operation United Assistance near Monrovia, Liberia, yesterday. Photograph: John Moore/Getty Images

Macedonian authorities have has said they are checking for the Ebola virus in a British man who died within hours of being admitted to hospital in the(...)

  Cardinal Sean Brady: “For far too long we have allowed global hunger and local poverty to be seen as tolerable,’’ he said. “The fact is this – we can solve the problem of hunger and poverty, if we decide to do so.’’  Photograph: Eric Luke

The Catholic primate Cardinal Seán Brady has urged Irish people to join the campaign against world hunger in his Christmas message.He said he invited (...)

Italy’s minister for integration Cecile Kyenge. Photograph: AFP

    An Italian politician has likened the country’s first black minister, Cecile Kyenge, to a prostitute in the latest of a ba(...)

Italian minister for integration Cecile Kyenge: “I do not take [Roberto] Calderoli’s words as a personal insult but they sadden me because of the image they give of Italy.” Photograph: Reuters/Tony Gentile

Italian prime minister Enrico Letta has condemned comments made by a senior right-wing senator in which he suggested the country’s first black governm(...)

Angelina Jolie: “clear and clean – almost clinical, even, in her matter-of-fact description of the rather grisly operation”. Photograph: Oli Scarff/Getty Images

Sometimes I feel like a really fastidious single man. You know, the cerebral kind whose bathroom is so clean and pristine that it seems like a (...)

British foreign secretary William Hague and UNHCR Special Envoy, Angelina Jolie  visit Lac vert camp in Democratic Republic of Congo last month. Photograph: Iggy Roberts/Crown Copyright via Getty Images

Most victims of sexual violence in conflict zones are children who are suffering rape and abuse at an appalling rate, said campaigners who describe(...)

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