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 John Hurt holds the Gold Giraldillo Award as a tribute to his career during the Sevilla European film festival in Seville in  2009. Photograph: Reuters

John Vincent Hurt, actor, born 22 January 1940, died 27 January 2017 Few British actors of recent years have been held in as much affection as John H(...)

Irish Carmelite nuns in Kenya in the 1930s

As we step out of the airport into the bright Kenyan sunlight, it is hard to believe the ruddy-cheeked Cork man who has come to greet us used to coach(...)

 Caroline Nganga, Sr Ursla Agga, Lydia Birongo at the Medical Missionaries of Mary Mukuru Health Centre: They are only too aware of how endemic challenges such as gender-based violence and patriarchy are in the slum, and how difficult it will be to overcome them. Photograph: Bill Corcoran

When representatives of Kenya’s government attended the 71st session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York recently, its delegation clai(...)

Suleiman Abdullah Salim, a Tanzanian man who was tortured for years in a prison in Afghanistan run by the CIA. Photograph: Bryan Denton/New York Times

At first, the Americans seemed confused about Suleiman Abdullah Salim. They apparently had been expecting a light-skinned Arab, and instead at a small(...)

Intended to strengthen authoritarian states, the Kalashnikov gained outlaw credibility, morphing to a symbol of revolt, blowback, crime and jihad.  Photograph: Attila Futaki/The New York Times

Time and again it’s the same. A lone gunman or a small group of killers with rifles commits spectacular crimes that seize the attention of the world.(...)

Fr Andrew Yakulula with some of the Todonyang mission schoolchildren outside their church. Photograph: Bill Corcoran

Two tribes embroiled in conflict around Lake Turkana in northern Kenya have had substantial help towards finding a peaceful resolution. The process (...)

A dress from the spring/summer 2016 collection of Irish label We Are Islanders, which "works to cause as little damage as possible to both environment and people within our supply chain"

Phrases such as “ sustainable” and “ethical” are thrown around a lot in the world of fashion these days – unsurprising considering that the last(...)

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(...)

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