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Jailed former Pakistani prime minister Nawaz Sharif arriving to attend the funeral prayer of his late wife Kulsoom Nawaz in Lahore on September 14th.  Photograph:  Arif Ali/AFP/Getty Images

A Pakistani court on Wednesday ordered the release from jail of ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif and his daughter, suspending prison sentences that (...)

Pfizer is one of four pharma companies – along with Abbott, Johnson & Johnson (J&J) and Merck –  examined in the report ‘Hard to Swallow: Facilitating Tax Avoidance by Big Pharma in Ireland’. Photograph: Tom Bergin/Reuters

Ireland’s corporate tax system is helping some of the world’s largest drug companies deprive emerging economies of almost €100 million a year, accordi(...)

Niall Muldoon, Ombudsman for Children, said: “As a society, we need to look at what we can do to help resolve outstanding issues that are associated with direct provision services in Ireland.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The number of children kept in “wholly unsuitable” conditions at direct provision centres across the country has risen by more than a third over the p(...)

 Pakistani demonstrators take part in a protest against US aid cuts in Lahore in January. File photograph: Arif Ali/Getty Images

The US military said it has made a final decision to cancel $300 million (€258 million) in aid to Pakistan that had been suspended over Islamabad’s pe(...)

An Uighur man drinking in a tea shop in Kashgar City, Xinjiang province, China.  A UN panel said about a million Uighurs were being held in a “massive internment camp that is shrouded in secrecy”. Photograph: Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

China has rejected comments by United Nations human rights experts calling for the release of hundreds of thousands of Muslim Uighurs allegedly held i(...)

Actor-turned-politician Divya Spandana: has been accused of “appreciating the people of Pakistan, India’s nuclear rival”. Photograph: Manjunath Kiran/AFP/Getty

A court in India’s southern Karnataka province has adjourned a sedition case against a politician for praising the people of neighbouring Pakistan and(...)

Vekash Khokar  at the Backstage Theatre, Longford. Photograph: Lorraine Teevan

A Pakistani nurse who left Ireland on Monday after receiving a deportation order was informed the morning after his departure that his asylum status i(...)

Vekash Khokar with Mona Considine, general manager of the Backstage Theatre, Longford. Photograph: Lorraine Teevan

A Pakistani nurse who performed on the Abbey Theatre stage on Monday afternoon has left Ireland after receiving a deportation order. Vekash Khokhar, (...)

Muhammad Shakeel (33), a tailor from Sialkot, Pakistan, cooks  lamb stew for migrants staying at a derelict dormitory in Bihac, northwest Bosnia. Photograph: Daniel McLaughlin

They call it “the game”, and its risks and rewards can be life-changing. For thousands of migrants now gathered here in northwest Bosnia, winning the(...)

 Direct provision performers  at the Abbey Theatre in the spirit of Jimmy Gralton, hosted by Donal O’Kelly. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

A young Pakistani nurse joined more than 30 dancers on the Abbey stage on Monday just hours before he boarded a flight after being served with a depor(...)

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