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Lisa Smyth works as a technical adviser from her home – her late grand aunt’s cottage –  in Darragh, Co Clare.

Many of us have had to become experts in remote working over the past few weeks, though not in the best of circumstances. We speak to those who’ve bee(...)

Author and journalist Christina Lamb. Photograph: David Levenson/ Getty Images

In Rwanda six years ago, I watched a grown man wail and realised I knew little about the horrors humans inflict on each other. He was a prominent memb(...)

Ayesha Hashim Mirza and Rabeeb Mirza outside their missionary, in Lucan, Co Dublin. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Rabeeb Mirza was 16 when he began training to become an imam. He had been studying for his A-levels at school in Mitcham in south London when he was o(...)

Nigeria has been warned it risks a humanitarian disaster if the government goes ahead with its threat to throw aid agencies out of the northeast of th(...)

Ashes on the ground in Budu near Maiduguri an attack on a funeral in northeast Nigeria left 65 people dead. Photograph: Audu Marte/AFP/Getty Images

At least 65 people died in twin attacks by suspected Islamists in Nigeria’s northeastern Borno region, state television reported on Sunday, one of the(...)

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(...)

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