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Minister of State for the Diaspora Ciaran Cannon: Highlighted the activities of the GAA as particularly important in promoting and supporting Irishness among the diaspora. File photograph: The Irish Times

The introduction of an education tourism project which would see members of the Irish diaspora visit Ireland on a month long, State-sponsored trip sho(...)

Flag bearers carrying the flags of the Commonwealth walk through Westminster Abbey during the Commonwealth day service. Photograph:  Richard Pohle/WPA Pool/Getty Images

I’m struck, as the British parliament moves towards the endgame on Brexit, with the number of times Australia, Canada, New Zealand and India have been(...)

Laila Haidar enjoys tea and live music with her regular customers and friends at her restaurant, Taj Begum, in Kabul. Haidari runs a popular cafe that allows men and women to dine together, whether married or not, with or without a head scarf, and uses the profits to fund a rehabilitation clinic for drug addicts. Photograph: Kiana Hayeri/New York Times

It was a rare sight, even after 18 years of progress in Afghanistan: more than 700 women from across the country, gathered to send an unequivocal mess(...)

Internally displaced Afghans  in Kandahar city on February 9th, after fleeing conflict with the Taliban in the Deh Rawood district of Uruzgan province. Photograph: Photo Javed Tanveer/AFP/Getty Images

The highest-level negotiations yet between US diplomats and the Taliban began in Qatar’s capital on Monday, with the presence of the Afghan insurgents(...)

 A mock world cup trophy  in a   shop in Souk Waqif in Doha. Photograph:  Ibraheem al Omari/Reuters

On New Year’s Day, the people of the oil- and gas-rich gulf state of Qatar woke to find a “health” tax had been implemented overnight, doubling the pr(...)

Kerry O’Flaherty at the 2018 European Cross-Country Championships  at Beekse Bergen Safari Park, Tilburg, in the Netherlands. Photograph: Bryan Keane/INPHO

Getting back into running, or starting to run, can be difficult but Olympic runner Kerry O’Flaherty says that runners of all abilities should consider(...)

Former Afghan president Hamid Karzai arrives for the opening of the two-day talks between the Taliban and Afghan opposition representatives in Moscow on Tuesday. Photograph: Yuri Kadobnov/AFP/Getty Images

Senior Afghan politicians, including former president Hamid Karzai, began a meeting with Taliban representatives in Moscow on Tuesday, weeks after the(...)

American soldiers from the 101st Airborne Division walkin in the mountains of Paktia Province in Afghanistan, in April 2013. Photograph: Sergey Ponomarev/The New York Times

American and Taliban officials have agreed in principle to the framework of a peace deal in which the insurgents guarantee to prevent Afghan territory(...)

American soldiers are picked up  in the village of Hazarbuz, Afghanistan, in June 2006. The US and the Taliban have ended six days of some of the most serious Afghan peace negotiations to date. File photograph: Tyler Hicks/The New York Times

Taliban officials said US negotiators on Saturday agreed a draft peace deal setting out the withdrawal of foreign troops from Afghanistan within 18 mo(...)

Dr Deirdre Murray: “I am extremely lucky to be doing a job that I love, answering important questions about children’s health. What could be better?” Photograph: Darragh Kane

A lot of parents and babies take part in your studies in Cork. What have you been researching? “One of the great things about being a researcher in Ir(...)

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