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Children take part in a ceremony at Shehu Palace in Maiduguri.  A total of 894 children were released from the ranks of the Civilian Joint Task Force in northeast Nigeria on Friday.  Photograph: Audu Ali/AFP/Getty Images

A regional militia allied with Nigerian government forces on Friday freed almost 900 children it had used in the war against Boko Haram insurgents, th(...)

Felicity Huffman and William H. Macy at a gala for the Atlantic Theater Company in New York, March 6, 2017. When the actress was implicated in the college admissions scandal, it stunned people in her acting circles and at the prestigious high school her older daughter attends. Photograph: Deidre Schoo/The New York Times

Felicity Huffman hated the myth of the perfect mother. “She should go the way of the dinosaur, extinct,” Huffman wrote in exasperation a few years ago(...)

Fr George Rutler said the state of the Catholic Church in Ireland was “a warning to Catholics in the United States, because such is what happens when religion is only a political and ethnic sentiment”

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar was “elected while publicly living in perverse contempt of the sacrament of Holy Matrimony”, and “Druids returned and defiantly(...)

Kurdish boys, refugees from Kobane, pictured in a refugee camp in Suruc, Turkey, in 2015, as they wait to return to Syria. Photograph: Getty

Children caught in war zones are increasingly being used as weapons of war – recruited to fight, forced to act as suicide bombers, and used as human s(...)

A protest outside the Department of Justice against the direct provision system: “Don’t tell me that direct provision and being the only EU country apart from Lithuania that bans asylum seekers from working is the only solution the Irish can come up with to control the immigration of persecuted people from poor countries.” Photograph: Dave Meehan

My husband and I, with our four children, have been living as Nigerian asylum seekers in direct provision for three years and nine months. The fanatic(...)

Palestinian children hold candles during a protest against Israel’s newly-installed security measures at the entrance to the al-Aqsa mosque compound, in Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip.  Photograph: braheem Abu Mustafa/ Reuters

There are few more sensitive sites in the world than the compound housing the al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem. Known to Muslims as the Haram al-Sharif, si(...)

Palestinian Muslim worshippers attend the second Friday prayers of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan at Jerusalem’s al-Aqsa mosque compound on June 9th, 2017. Photograph:  Ahmad Gharabli/aFP/Getty Images

Nablus Road is closed off with sections of blue metal fencing in preparation for the arrival of West Bank Ramadan pilgrims. The bus station is empty(...)

File photo showing 21 Chibok girls who were released by Boko Haram in October. Photograph: Getty

A group of 82 girls held captive for three years by Islamist militants arrived in the Nigerian capital, Abuja, on Sunday after they were released in (...)

One of the kidnapped Chibok girls released in October celebrates with family members. Photograph: Olamiken Gbemiga/AP

One of more than 200 schoolgirls abducted by Islamist militant group Boko Haram from their school in north-east Nigeria’s Chibok in 2014 has been fou(...)

Tánaiste and Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald: has published the  2015 annual report of  the Criminal Assets Bureau. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Almost €4 million was realised by the State last year following the conclusion of a range of cases by the Criminal Assets Bureau (Cab). The money, w(...)

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