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An elderly women this week walks past a house damaged by Cyclone Kenneth when it struck Ibo island, north of Pemba city,  in Mozambique. Photograph: Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi/AP

The World Bank has increased emergency support for the three southern African countries affected by a devastating cyclone that killed hundreds in Marc(...)

The slow cooker which was so full of promise finds a new home in a cupboard more impenetrable than the black hole at the centre of Messier 87

Our world is filled with gadgets and gizmos we bought thinking they would change our lives only for them to quickly prove to be be redundant. Here are(...)

Zimbabwe’s president, Emmerson Mnangagwa, with  Vladimir Putin in the Kremlin on January 15th. Photograph: Sergei Chirikov/Reuters

As protests raged in Zimbabwe’s cities last week, with police firing live ammunition at crowds who barricaded roads with burning tyres, the target of (...)

Avicii performing in 2013 in New York. Photograph: Mike Pont/WireImage/Getty Images

The man who got as close as anyone could to the superstar musician Avicii still has no explanation for why he died six months ago. “I have this feelin(...)

Children wait to receive food rations in Sana’a, Yemen. War-torn Yemen is one of six countries identified in a new report as having ‘alarming’ levels of hunger. Photograph: Yahya Arhab/ EPA

Hunger is a persistent threat to the lives of almost 70 million forcibly displaced people across the globe – the highest number since records began, a(...)

Patrick Conway: ‘I didn’t have a lick of Korean before I landed here in March 2007.’

Learning a new language can seem like a mammoth challenge, but for those who are really intent on developing fluency, nothing beats full immersion by (...)

Declan O’Callaghan  photographed in Ballaghaderreen, Co Roscommon. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

There is a joke doing the rounds in Ballaghaderreen. “What does it cost to post a letter in Ballagh?” goes the opening line. “Ohhh, around €1,800,” go(...)

The Villa Spada, the Irish embassy in Rome. Derek Hannon is to replace Emma Madigan as teh new ambassador to the Holy See in the Vatican.

The Government has agreed a series of ambassadorial appointments, finalising a round of changes in Ireland’s diplomatic representation around the worl(...)

Image of the week:  A performer in the Russian World Cup host city of Saransk uses traditional bast shoes to show photographers how football would once have been played. Photograph: Mladen Antonov / AFP / Getty

In numbers: Vanilla spike 500 Percentage rise in the price of vanilla pods since 2016, with the result that the sweet ingredient now costs more per (...)

Kerry Foods has become one of the biggest suppliers of vanilla to the baking world. Photograph: Getty Images

Here’s a small eureka moment in the Irish food world. The head of a large food company has had a long day in a conference room with executives from an(...)

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