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A woman shows her malnourished baby at an intensive nutritional rehabilitation centre  southern Niger. Of the 189 countries in the Human Development Index, Ireland ranked fourth and Niger last. Photograph:  Getty Images

Living conditions have improved faster in Ireland than anywhere else in the world over the past five years, according to a newly published United Nati(...)

Pallbearers carry Kofi Annan’s coffin during the funeral of the former UN secretary-general in Accra, the capital of Ghana, on Thursday. Photograph: Pius Utomi Ekpei/AFP/Getty Images

Ghana bid farewell to former United Nations secretary-general Kofi Annan on Thursday in a state funeral attended by African leaders and international (...)

Cyc-Loc founders Louise and Stephen Murphy. The company began operating in 2014 and since has won awards for start-up and design. Photograph: Martina Regan

Much has done to encourage the public to get on their bikes, such as the Government tax-incentive cycle-to-work scheme, which is all well and good if (...)

On September 13th, 1993, US president Bill Clinton stands between PLO leader Yasser Arafat and Israeli prime minister Yitzahk Rabin as they shake hands. Photograph: J David Ake/AFP/Getty Images

Twenty-five years ago on Thursday, a portly Palestinian boy scout raised the Palestinian red, white, black and green flag from the balcony of Orient H(...)

The stone flake discovered in Blombos Cave  in South Africa. Photograph: Craig Foster/Handout via Reuters

A small stone flake marked with intersecting lines of red ochre pigment some 73,000 years ago that was found in a cave on South Africa’s southern coas(...)

Sir Keir Starmer: ‘The message I hope to send the prime minister is that Ireland cannot pay the price of your failed negotiating strategy’ Photograph: Jack Taylor/Getty

Ireland cannot pay the price of a no-deal Brexit as a result of Theresa May’s “failed negotiating strategy”, the UK’s shadow Brexit secretary Sir Keir(...)

The OECD’s report shows that in Ireland, there were 25 students in primary classes, the fifth highest in the 36-member OECD. Only the UK, Japan, Israel and Chile had slightly larger class sizes.

Ireland has the some of the largest school class sizes in the developed world, according to a major international education report. The OECD’s Educat(...)

The new Domino’s Pizza store in Ringsend.

Domino’s Pizza group has opened its 50th store in the Republic as part of an expansion plan to have 75 outlets in this market. The London-listed comp(...)

Electoral officials prepare to count ballots at a polling station in Malmo, Sweden, on Sunday. Photograph: Johan Nilsson/TT News Agency/via Reuters

For all the horror and the headlines, between 81 per cent and 84 per cent of Swedish voters failed to cast their ballots for the Sweden Democrats on S(...)

Sanita Puspure sweeps into the Championships on a wave of good will and will be seeking a medal. Photograph: Inpho

The World Rowing Championships, which start in blazing-hot Plovdiv in Bulgaria on Sunday, will answer two big questions: can Sanita Puspure get the me(...)

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