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People pay their respects in front of dozens of coffins containing remains of more than 600 victims of the 1994 genocide in Rwanda. File photograph: Themistocles Hakizimana/Reuters

Between 2001 and 2015, sales of translated fiction grew by 96 per cent. One reason, argues Daniel Hahn, who last year established a prize for first tr(...)

 Shia cleric Muqtada al-Sadr: did not run as a candidate and has ruled himself out as prime minister – but made clear whom he considers natural political allies. Photograph:  Karim Kadim/AP

Iraqis are still haunted by memories of black-clad death squads roaming Baghdad neighbourhoods a decade ago, cleansing them of Sunnis as the country w(...)

Nora Twomey of Cartoon Saloon. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

If Nora Twomey is pretending to have “never been into heels and dresses”, as she puts it, she’s doing a top notch job. Having already walked the Acade(...)

Nato Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg listens to US President Donald Trump during a meeting in the Cabinet Room at the White House. Photograph: Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images

US president Donald Trump sought to reassure North Korea about US intentions on Thursday as he said that the “Libya model” of denuclearisation propose(...)

TV  news screen showing US president Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un at a railway station in Seoul: “We do not hide our feelings of repugnance towards him,” said a  North Korean statement of US national security adviser John Bolton. Photograph: Jung Yeon-je/AFP/Getty

The White House said it is continuing to prepare for a planned summit with North Korea next month, despite the North Koreans warning that they may can(...)

The latest Red Cross campaign follows advocacy group Uplift’s 2015 “pledge a bed” push which resulted in more than 830 offers of accommodation, goods and services

A national campaign calling on Irish homeowners to pledge a bed or an empty home to Syrian refugees has been launched. The Irish Red Cross wants peo(...)

Iraq’s Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi arriving at a poll station in the capital Baghdad’s Karrada district, as the country votes in the first parliamentary election since declaring victory over the Islamic State  group

Prime minister Haider al-Abadi appears to be on course to retain office in Iraq’s parliamentary election, followed by influential Shia cleric Moqtada (...)

Priority will be given to people who are able to provide accommodation for their family members given the high demand on limited housing supplies across Ireland.  Photographer: Michaela Rehle/Bloomberg

A family reunification programme that will allow up to 530 refugees join family members in Ireland will open for applications on Monday. The Humani(...)

Men  stand in line to cast their votes during a special voting day for members of the security forces on Thursday, ahead of Iraq’s parliamentaryh elections this weekend. Photograph: Ali Abbas/EPA

Iraqis go to the polls on Saturday to elect their fourth parliament since the US-led invasion and occupation 15 years ago. The election was originally(...)

A bazaar in Tehran on Wednesday, the day after President Donald Trump withdrew from the Iran nuclear accord. Photograph:  Arash Khamooshi/The New York Times

It was a day like any other. The evening rush hour heralded the weekend, which in Iran starts on Thursday. People crowded the pavements of a west Tehr(...)

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