Protesters in Melbourne   urge the Australian government not to send 267 people – including 37 babies born in Australia – back to immigration detention in Nauru, 3,000km away. Photograph: Chris Hopkins/Getty Images

Australia’s ambivalence over asylum seekers is dominating headlines again, with churches, writers and thousands of ordinary citizens calling on the go(...)

Sweet potato is perfect as a base for soups, stews, chillies and salads

Sweet potatoes are even more versatile than their distant cousin, the regular potato, as they are suited to both sweet and savoury dishes. The swee(...)

New Irish ambassadors to Australia, Canada and Greece are among 11 senior diplomatic nominees  approved by Cabinet.

New Irish ambassadors to Australia, Canada and Greece are among 11 senior diplomatic nominees who have been approved by the Cabinet. Breandán Ó Caoll(...)

Edgar O’Neill: ‘The floods  in our area are getting worse, often occurring in regions which were previously flood free.’

I moved with my wife to the island of Luzon in the Philippines in mid-2009. It was a baptism of fire. Shortly after our arrival a severe tropical stor(...)

A view of the Christmas Island detention centre, Christmas Island, Australia. Photograph: Lloyd Jones/EPA

Australian authorities have regained control of its controversial immigration detention centre on Christmas Island, officials have said, after the dea(...)

Christmas Island Immigration Detention Centre. Photograph: Andrea Hayward/EPA

Australian opposition politicians on Monday demanded that the government disclose the extent of destruction caused by ongoing riots at a controversial(...)

A concern for fund managers was that only a tiny proportion of Digicel revenues come from cable and fibre services. Photograph: Reuters

The warning lights started flashing over the weekend in the Carribbean, suggesting all was not well with Denis O’Brien’s plan to raise up to $2 billio(...)

Marshall Islands foreign minister Tony de Brum (centre) at the Pacific Islands Forum in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea.  Photograph: Ness Kerton/AFP/Getty Images

Pacific leaders have hit out at the insensitivity of an Australian minister’s apparent joke at the expense of low-lying nations struggling against ris(...)

Almost 365,000 migrants and refugees have crossed the Mediterranean into Europe since January, according to the International Organisation for Migration. Photograph: Robert Atanasovski/AFP/Getty Images

Despite the enduring angst about emigration, most of us who’ve left now probably consider ourselves better off. This is a harsh observation but what t(...)

Denis O’Brien: he founded Digicel  in Jamaica in 2001, the company has grown across the Caribbean, central America and the south Pacific. Photograph; Dara Mac Dónaill

Denis O’Brien’s Digicel’s planned flotation is a signal that the business has arrived at a crossroads. Since he founded it with the launch of a new mo(...)

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