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John Connell at the  Camlin river: ‘Those three books are about me trying to understand myself and understand everything that happened in the last 10 years.’  Photograph: Alan Betson

In John Connell’s bungalow in Longford, he and his wife Vivian show me the route of the Camlin river on a large, framed ordinance survey map. The Caml(...)

Red Cross members take care of rescued migrants  upon their arrival at La Cebolla port in Arrecife, Lanzarote, Canary Islands, Spain, earlier this week. Photograph: Javier Fuentes/EPA

In late 2020, Saikou took to the sea. For years, the sharp man in his late 20s had been trying to get a job in his home country, The Gambia, where he (...)

 Commander-in-chief of Myanmar’s armed forces senior general Min Aung Hlaing. Photograph:  Sefa Karacan/Anadolu Agency via Getty

Myanmar’s military junta is expected to take part in hearings at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) this week, in what critics see as an attempt(...)

Portrait of R R Madden, the Dublin man who campaigned to end slavery. (Wikimedia Commons, Public Domain, 1858)

On a summer’s day in 1834, Richard Robert Madden, an Irish doctor, travelled to Marley, a plantation in the Jamaican mountains that was once under his(...)

Firefighters work outside an apartment building after a deadly fire in the Bronx,in New York.  Photograph: Ed Jones/AFP/ Getty Images

New York authorities said on Monday the city was investigating a possible “maintenance issue” with a door that failed to close when a devastating fire(...)

Lisa Camara outside the Memory House in Kanifing, The Gambia. Photograph: Sally Hayden

Down a quiet sandy road in Kanifing, an area close to The Gambia’s capital, Banjul, a colourful building holds the first memorial centre for victims o(...)

The diningroom inside the Irish Embassy in Paris, France. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Women make up half of the 22 ambassadorial appointments approved by the Government at a meeting on Tuesday, with appointees including women ambassador(...)

The four members of Bright Stars Entertainment. Photograph:  Sally Hayden

A new Irish Times series, Young Africans Rising, begins today with this report by Sally Hayden. When he was still in control of the Gambia, Africa’s (...)

Women queue ahead of polls opening in the Gambia’s presidential election. Photograph: Sally Hayden

Incumbent Adama Barrow has won the Gambia’s first presidential election since the end of a decades-long dictatorship, but opposition figures have reje(...)

Supporters of the opposition UDP party at a rally on Thursday night, the last day of campaigning. Photograph: Sally Hayden

The Gambia is facing a historic election this weekend as voters decide whether to elect their fourth president ever or stick with the third. Africa’s(...)

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