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Ethiopian prime minister Hailemariam Desalegn has said the pardoning of  dissident politicians was intended to “foster national reconciliation”. File photograph: Matthew Lloyd/Bloomberg/Getty Images

Ethiopia will release and pardon dissident politicians jailed on criminal charges, its prime minister said on Wednesday – an unexpected shift in stanc(...)

Top of the world: Paul Mescal’s nosebleed trajectory in Irish theatre has certainly singled him out as one to keep an eye on. Photograph: Ste Murray

When Selina Cartmell launched her inaugural season as director of the Gate Theatre last May, the photocall was predictably starry. Flanking Cartmell w(...)

Mary T Murphy, originally from Cork, is refugee programme manager for the Goal aid agency’s two refugee camps in the Gambela region of Ethiopia – Kule and Tierkidi – near the South Sudanese border. Photograph: Valerie O’Sullivan/Goal

European leaders should visit refugee camps in Ethiopia and Uganda to learn how to manage the stream of asylum seekers arriving on Italian, Greek and (...)

Visitors  ‘don’t expect a capital city to have such a beautiful coastline, says Fáilte Ireland’s Keelin Fagan in response to Dublin’s inclusion on National Geographic’s Best Places to Visit 2018

Dublin has been included in National Geographic Traveller magazine’s prestigious “2018 Best of the World” list. It is one of 21 cities to feature on t(...)

Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta waves upon his arrival to his inauguration ceremony where he will be sworn in as president at Kasarani Stadium in Nairobi, Kenya. Photograph:  REUTERS/Baz Ratner

Uhuru Kenyatta has been sworn in for a second five-year term as president of Kenya in a colourful ceremony that few believe will signal the end of po(...)

At a camp for displaced Somalis in Kolenchi, this formerly prosperous business woman from Aweday was burnt during the riot and lost everything. Photograph: James Jeffrey

Night had fallen over the Ethiopian village of Melkabulo when local Oromo men went to the houses of ethnic Somali to tell them they must cross the riv(...)

Egyptian singer Sherine Abdel Wahab: Issued an abject apology on Facebook for what she termed a “misplaced and badly worded” joke. But it was too late.  Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

As free speech has shrivelled in Egypt, its often zealous courts have jailed democracy activists, shuttered charities and pursued gay people who waved(...)

President Michael D Higgins, and his wife, Sabina, with Caitlyn Melia and Jake Anderson, students at St Patrick’s national school in Chapelizod, John Fitzsimons of Camara and Edel Gormley, acting principal of the school. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

As President Michael D Higgins walked through the square schoolroom in St Patrick’s national school in Dublin’s Chapelizod, Caitlyn Melia (9) was writ(...)

EU special representative for foreign affairs, Federica Mogherini. Photograph: Epa/Julien Warnand

The EU-Africa summit in Abidjan at the end of the month can open a vital new chapter in EU-Africa relations, Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coven(...)

Priti Patel leaves Number 10 Downing Street by the back entrance following her resignation as international development secretary on Wednesday night. Photograph: Neil Hall/EPA

British prime minister Theresa May has lost her second cabinet minister in a week, after Priti Patel, the international development secretary, was for(...)

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