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A  Somali MP exits a voting booth in Garowe in Somalia’s semi-autonomous Puntland region back in 2014.  The presidential election takes place  this  Sunday. Photograph: AFP via Getty

A record 39 candidates are running for Somalia’s long-awaited presidential election, which will take place on Sunday after being stalled for more than(...)

Chicken and spring green samosas

Nearly every culture has a pastry-based stuffed savoury snack. Spain and South America have the empanada, Britain has the Cornish pasty and Poland has(...)

Ireland’s Ambassador to the UN Geraldine Byrne Nason: Ukraine and Russia were ‘critical’ to global food systems. File photograph: The Irish Times

About 47 million additional people may experience acute hunger in 2022 as a result of Russia’s aggression in Ukraine, Ireland has told the United Nati(...)

“You don’t need me to bring home to you the horror and darkness of these days … the graves of the innocent victims butchered in this ‘repugnant war,’said Catholic Archbishop of Dublin Dermot Farrell.  Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

We live “in the ‘hour’ of the oppressor, in a time when the ’power of darkness’ holds sway not only in Ukraine, but in many parts of our world,” Catho(...)

Tanzanian president Samia Suluhu Hassan and US vice-president Kamala Harris at the White House. Photograph: Yuri Gripas/Pool

Shortly before midnight on a spring night last year, Samia Suluhu Hassan, then Tanzania’s first female vice-president, appeared on television to annou(...)

Halima Ismael Ibrahim, a single mother of 10  children, left home to search for aid during Somalia’s drought. Photograph:  Sally Hayden

As drought takes hold, the UN has warned that 350,000 children could die by summer. But there is reluctance from the international community to dec(...)

Catholic Archbishop of Dublin Dermot Farrell leading a ‘Way of the Cross’ procession from the Wellington Monument to the Papal Cross in the Phoenix Park, as part of Easter religious ceremonies. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

People in Ireland are “pushed to limits most of us have never experienced before, Catholic Archbishop of Dublin Dermot Farrell said on Friday. He sai(...)

 World Health Organisation’s  Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus: There is ‘nowhere on Earth where the health of millions of people is more under threat’ than in Tigray. Photograph: Will Oliver

From the outset of Russia’s war on Ukraine and the outflow of Ukrainian refugees, humanitarian aid agencies have warned that global food supplies have(...)

Orientation session at International Organisation for Migration office in Beirut, Lebanon, on life in Ireland for Syrian refugees chosen for resettlement. Photograph: Sorcha Pollak

The Irish State must not lose sight of the resettlement pledges it has made to Syrians, Afghans and Eritreans and “cannot afford to pit one group agai(...)

Stephen Scullion: ‘That’s the best, most controlled I’ve felt in a marathon. A few things to work on and I’ll run sub 2.10 again  that’s for sure.’ Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Anyone who has run a marathon knows the importance of their shoes fitting properly and an enforced swap shortly before Sunday’s Rotterdam event clearl(...)

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