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BHP Billiton said yesterday US authorities had laid out grounds for possible enforcement action against the global mining firm for corrupt practices, (...)

Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce of Jamaica celebrates winning gold in the Women’s 200 metres final in Moscow. Photograph: Jamie Squire/Getty Images

Jamaica’s Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce completed a remarkable sprint double on Friday as she added the 200 metres world championship gold to the 100 she w(...)

Makeshift homes under a Lagos flyover. On February 23th, inhabitants of Badia East in the city were left homeless by state authorities who bulldozed their houses without consultation. Photograph:  Pius Utomi Ekpei/AFP/Getty Images)

Satellite images taken before a recent mass forced eviction in Nigeria that made nearly 9,000 people homeless contradict a state official’s justificat(...)

The Royal Dutch Shell  platform off  Ingleside in Texas. Analysts Bernstein estimated that Shell lost $4.54 for every barrel it produced in the Americas, the location of almost a quarter of its output.  Photograph: Eddie Seal/Bloomberg

Royal Dutch Shell, the oil and gas giant, is continuing to struggle in Nigeria and North America, the company revealed today in announcing earnings th(...)

 Colm Hayes  with Irene and Jason Coyne at Ruth and Paddy’s 2FM July 4th party. Photograph: Tony Kinlan

Noticing gardaí are getting younger is a classic sign of ageing, but a more lethally accurate barometer of advancing years is discovering the songs th(...)

Pakistan’s prime minister Nawaz Sharif (right) inspects the guard of honour with Chinese premier Li Keqiang  during a welcome ceremony outside the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, today. Mr Sharif’s government has been criticised for re-introducing the death penalty. Photograph: Jason Lee/Reuters

Pakistan’s new government, striving to appear determined to rein in escalating crime and militancy, has ended a ban on the death penalty, in a move co(...)

Ashifi Gogo: Sproxil system allows legitimacy of medication to be checked

Ashifi Gogo came straight from an awards ceremony at the White House to speak at the HealthXL Global Gathering in Dublin last month. A native of Ghana(...)

Migrant lives: Viliya Ruzveltiene, Ausra Jasikeviciene, Laura Vaitkaityte, Egle Pastarnokiene, Sofiya Visnevskiene, Roberta Ceginskaite and Gaivile Brickute, all Lithunians living  in Monaghan. Photograph: David Sleator

What surprised Ernest about the monkey chants during his daily commute to Maynooth was their persistence. As an African man in Ireland he says he is u(...)

Laurent Xavier Balla, an openly gay rights activist with the Association for the Defence of Gays and Lesbians  in Douala, Cameroon, after he was attacked for the fourth time over his sexual orientation. Photograph:  Reinnier Kaze/AFP/Getty Images

Homophobia is reaching dangerously high levels across Africa, with attacks on homosexuals increasingly more visible and discrimination against them on(...)

Nigeria’s finance minister Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala. “Could do more,” she told the Shell who had proudly declared that 
the exploration company had paid $12
billion in taxes last year to African countries “including $4.5 billion into your treasury, 
Ngozi”. Photograph: Reuters

Nigeria’s minister for finance Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala had listened to the man from Shell proudly declare the exploration company had paid $12 billion in(...)

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