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Dr Anne Merriman in Dublin this week: “None of us knows what’s going to happen after we die. Nobody has come back to tell us.” Photograph: Eric Luke

Anne Merriman, a former nun, has spent a lifetime looking after the dying across Asia and Africa: the experience has left her comfortable talking abou(...)

An EgyptAir flag is seen on a building outside the temporary EgyptAir Crisis Centre at Cairo International Airport. Photograph: Chris McGrath/Getty Images

While nothing can yet be ruled out, what is known about the erratic behaviour of EgyptAir Flight MS804 before it crashed suggests the cause was human (...)

M-Pesa: millions of Kenyans use agencies like this one to transfer money by mobile phone. Photograph: Bloomberg

The slum of Korogocho lies on the outskirts of Nairobi, the capital of Kenya. More than 260,000 people live here, in shacks made of wood and corrugat(...)

A Kenya Wildlife Services (KWS) ranger stands guard in front illegal stockpiles of burning elephant tusks at the Nairobi National Park. Photograph: Carl De Souza/AFP/Getty Images

Kenya’s president set fire to thousands of elephant tusks and rhino horns on Saturday, destroying a stockpile that would have been worth a fortune to (...)

Kenyan security forces inspect the site of a collapsed building in Nairobi where at least seven people were killed. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Seven people have been confirmed dead in the collapse of a residential building in a low-income area of Kenya’s capital Nairobi, police said. Searc(...)

UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon during the opening of the International Criminal Court complex in the Hague, The Netherlands. Photograph: EPA/Koen van Weel

When King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands officially opened the first permanent home of the International Criminal Court yesterday, there was no d(...)

Ben Phillips: “Listening to Irish expatriate NGO workers, diplomats, business people, as well to the most inspiring Irish nuns who work in Nairobi’s toughest slums, I was struck by how the values of Ireland’s rebels still inspire such a broad swathe of Irish people today.”

This Easter, people across Ireland are proudly commemorating 100 years since Padraig Pearse and his comrades led the Rising against British Imperial r(...)

Fr Joseph Mallin, son of Michael Mallin, with then taoiseach Bertie Ahern at Kilmainham Gaol in 2006. Now aged 102 and living in Hong Kong, Fr Mallin was this week awarded the freedom of  Dublin. Photograph: Alan Betson

Patrick Pearse’s closest relative and the nephew of a famous RAF flying ace are among those who will be attending this weekend’s Easter Rising commemo(...)

A Jakarta taxi driver stands on his car during a protest against transportation apps with a sign reading ‘Remove!! Uber, Grab’. Four men torched a car from the lift hailing company Uber in the Kenyan capital Nairobi on Wednesday, police said. Photograph: Beawiharta/Reuters.

Four men torched a car from the lift hailing company Uber in the Kenyan capital Nairobi on Wednesday, police said. The incident occurred on the sam(...)

Lead analyst Dr Mark Maguire said the researchers had “no intention of alarming anyone” and that such attacks remained “extremely rare”. Photograph: The Irish Times

People’s behaviour during the first 10 minutes of so-called “marauding” terrorist attacks, such as the one in which 130 people died in Paris, is to be(...)

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