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Parliament Buildings, Stormont. An idea in circulation is ‘joint authority’, which the SDLP endorsed in recent weeks as an alternative to direct rule from London. Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP/Getty Images

Last Friday, British prime minister Theresa May went to Glasgow to affirm fidelity to an idea that has seldom looked shakier. Rejectin(...)

People watch on TV the screening of the start of the ICC  trial of former Lord’s Resistance Army commander Dominic Ongwen who is facing  charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity in Uganda. Photograph: Isaac Kasamani/AFP/Getty Images

The world’s first permanent war crimes court, the International Criminal Court (ICC) was established in 2002 in The Hague, with 122 countries signing (...)

Harte scans the horizon for a herd: “There’s very little infrastructure there – we have to bring in our own water. But it’s funny how little you really need to be totally comfortable and happy.”

David Attenborough has a lot to answer for. I don’t even own a kitten, and yet I struggled to get through an episode of Planet Earth – which complete(...)

Nicole Cronin of Ireland is tackled by Mathilde Coutouly of France during day one of the Emirates Dubai Rugby Sevens in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Photo: Tom Dulat/Getty Images

There is a school of thought that suggests that rugby’s siblings, the Sevens and 15-a-side, are not interchangeable pathways in developmental terms wh(...)

Africa’s elephant population fell about 20 per cent between 2006 and 2015 because of a surge in ivory poaching, according to a new report. File photograph: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

Africa’s elephant population fell about 20 per cent between 2006 and 2015 because of a surge in ivory poaching, the International Union for Conservati(...)

Saving the African elephant

The damage inflicted by poachers on Africa’s rare forest elephant – numbers are down to some 70,000 – will take a century to repair, a report by the N(...)

An Elephants Without Borders plane flying over a herd of elephants at the Ngoma border between Namibia and Botswana while taking part in the survey in February this year. Photograph: AFP/Elephants Without Borders

The greatest animal census ever undertaken in Africa has revealed that elephant numbers are declining far more rapidly than previously believed – prim(...)

A 60kg baby rhino that was born at Dublin zoo on Thursday. Photograph: Dublin Zoo

Dublin Zoo has welcomed a new 60kg baby – an as yet unnamed white rhino calf. It was born last Thursday afternoon, and becomes the seventh member of (...)

Frits Potgieter in the Imperial Hotel, Cork: “I fell in love with the property. It’s the oldest hotel in Cork city.” Photograph: Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision

Frits Potgieter was sitting in his office at a hotel in the chic London neighbourhood of Kensington one afternoon last autumn when a question popped (...)

The skull from a white male rhinoceros carcass at the Kruger National Park, South Africa, on Wednesday.  The rhino had to be put down by officials from the park after he was shot and injured by poachers. Photograph: Shiraaz Mohamed/EPA

Despite progress made against rhino poaching in South Africa and Kenya last year, the slaughter of the endangered species across the African continent(...)

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