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Pope Francis delivers the Urbi et Orbi benediction at the end of the Easter Mass in Saint Peter’s Square at the Vatican. Photograph: Osservatore Romano/Reuters

Against the background of a sunny blue sky and in a St Peter’s Square decked out with thousands of blooming flowers, Pope Francis this morning (...)

Workers from Médecins Sans Frontières prepare isolation and treatment areas in Gueckedou, Guinea. Photograph: AP Photo/Kjell Gunnar Beraas, MSF

Guinea faces an ebola epidemic on an unprecedented scale as it battles to contain confirmed cases now scattered across several locations that a(...)

How does he do that? David Blaine with the actor Will Smith and his family

David Blaine, Real or Magic (Channel 4, Wednesday) begins with clips from a typical day for David Blaine. He stands glumly on the outskirts of a city,(...)

Soldiers of the 43rd Infantry Group 
on a march-past at Cathal Brugha barracks today, where Alan Shatter, TD, Minister for Justice, Equality & Defence performed a ministerial review of 43 Infantry Group UNDOF on the eve of its departure for a tour of peacekeeping duty in
departing for the peacekeeping mission in 
the Golan Heights in
September
yria.

The ambushing of Irish troops, with vehicles carrying Defence Forces personnel taking volleys of shots and what looks like a blast from an explosive d(...)

Sabina Higgins: expressed gratitude to the missionaries for their “outstanding contribution” in many countries throughout the world

Irish missionaries who have each served between 40 and 60 years abroad were honoured at a special awards ceremony in Dublin City Hall yesterday. An in(...)

Comdt Lorraine Fahey is one of 18 women serving in Lebanon among the 339 Irish Defence Forces posted there. Photograph: Paul Nichols

Along one of the most heavily mined stretches of land in the world, and with most contentious national boundary on the globe less than 500 metres away(...)

Derek and Yvonne Nugent and their children Christine (16), Holly (3) and Cian (1) at their home in Monksland, Athlone. Photograph: James Flynn/APX

Yvonne Nugent hushes her one-year-old son Cian on her knee as she thinks aloud about her husband Derek’s imminent departure to Syria with the Defence (...)

Laurent Xavier Balla, an openly gay rights activist with the Association for the Defence of Gays and Lesbians  in Douala, Cameroon, after he was attacked for the fourth time over his sexual orientation. Photograph:  Reinnier Kaze/AFP/Getty Images

Homophobia is reaching dangerously high levels across Africa, with attacks on homosexuals increasingly more visible and discrimination against them on(...)

British foreign secretary William Hague and UNHCR Special Envoy, Angelina Jolie  visit Lac vert camp in Democratic Republic of Congo last month. Photograph: Iggy Roberts/Crown Copyright via Getty Images

Most victims of sexual violence in conflict zones are children who are suffering rape and abuse at an appalling rate, said campaigners who describe(...)

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