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Chinese worshippers receive the Eucharist from a priest as they attend a Mass on  Christmas Eve 2018 at a Catholic church in Beijing. Photograph:  Wang Zhao/AFP/Getty Images

The persecution of Christians in China is the worst it has been for more than a decade, with at least 50 million people expected to experience some fo(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar meets school children in Kawaneet, Ethiopia. Photograph: Harry McGee

Yesterday was Leo Varadkar’s first visit to the heart of Africa. Sure he had been on the continent for four days but it was controlled. He was in a pr(...)

The visit by Taoiseach Leo Varadkar to Irish troops serving on the United Nations mission to Mali in Africa is a welcome and timely reminder of the important role the Defence Forces have played in peace keeping around the world for more than half a century.

The visit by Taoiseach Leo Varadkar to Irish troops serving on the European Union mission to Mali in Africa is a welcome and timely reminder of the im(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar meets Irish troops in Mali during his visit to Africa.

The European Union is willing to give fresh, written assurances about the nature of the Northern Ireland backstop ahead of next week’s key vote at Wes(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Defence Forces Chief of Staff, Vice-Admiral Mark Mellett, and trainer Sgt John Maloney watch local soldiers undergo training manoeuvre at a training camp in Mali. Photograph: Harry McGee

It is a ghost village, with four rows of concrete houses stretching along a long empty street. The population all left some years ago for some reasons(...)

 Alexandr Ruzmatovich Bekmirzaev

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has adopted a “too moderate” tone following the capture of an Irish citizen alleged to have been fighting there with Islamic St(...)

 Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has praised British prime minister Theresa May’s latest comments on the Irish Border. File photograph: Tom Honan/PA Wire

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said British prime minister Theresa May’s acceptance that ensuring a seamless Irish Border post-Brexit needed to involve mo(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar attends the annual Christian Social Union (CSU) party meeting at Kloster Seeon  in Seeon, Germany, on Friday. Photograph: EPA

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar will begin a week-long visit to Mali and Ethiopia on Sunday. It will be his longest continuous visit outside the State since (...)

Harry and his daughter Sadhbh watch the Galway v Kilkenny hurling match in the Mater Hospital.

I know where I should start this story but it’s so hard to start it from there. It is not during my transfer by ambulance from St Vincent’s Hospital (...)

Late Late Toy Show presenter Ryan Tubridy with Alanna Willoughby (bearded lady), 12,  from Carlow;  Luke O’Connor (Napoleon), 7, from Dublin; Matthew Little (fat man),  12, from Ardee; Kayla McMahon (three-legged man), 10, from Balrothery; Colm Sullivan (wolf man), 8, from Navan;  Dylan O Connor (tattoo man), 11, from Dublin; Enya Allen (Pierrot clown), 5, from Navan; and Ella Maher (albino),  10, from Carlow. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

It was the promoter Phineas Taylor Barnum who popularised the phrase “the greatest show on Earth”. That might be a bit of a tall claim for the Late L(...)

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