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A fishing boat worker rests while his boat is in port in Thailand. File photograph: Paula Bronstein/Getty

While forced labour exists throughout the world, nowhere is the problem more rampant than in the South China Sea, and especially in the Thai fishing f(...)

Young girls from Mount Carmel Girls Secondary School at the Famine Memorial statues on Custom House Quay, Dublin, Photograph: Laura Hutton/The Irish Times

Yemi has three children, aged six, four and three. All were born in direct provision. “In the beginning they said people would live in direct provisi(...)

The carcass of a dead camel in Nayuu, northern Kenya. Pastoralist people are seeing their animals perish because of a lack of water and grazing due to the prolonged drought. Photograph: David O’Hare/Trócaire

Violent storms, droughts and wildfires regularly hit our news screens but the effect that climate change is having on our health, and how that will im(...)

‘Wild duck has a central place in our food story.’ Photograph: iStock

What is it about autumn that makes me want to eat more duck? It’s not like ducks are unavailable throughout the year, and there are some fantastic Iri(...)

British prime minister Boris Johnson  said he would rather be ‘dead in a ditch’ than delay Brexit. Photograph: Oli Scarff/AFP/Getty Images

The new Brexit commemorative 50 pence piece due to flood Britain’s tills in barely a month will be etched with pledges of “peace, prosperity and frien(...)

 Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan and US president Donald Trump: Erdogan has upset the White House by turning to Russia for defence purchases. Photograph:  Kayhan Ozer/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

Populists are amassing an empire on which the sun never sets. Leaders of their stripe govern as far east as the Philippines and as far west as the US.(...)

Zara’s polka-dot dress. Photograph: Zara

Inditex, which owns Zara stores, said a polka-dot dress that became the summer sensation helped the world’s largest clothes retailer withstand a tough(...)

“How had the Irish Catholic Church gone from being such a powerful political institution in the late 1960s, with 34,000 priests, nuns and brothers, supported by an income of €1 billion per annum, to almost total collapse 40 years later, and having presided over the systemic abuse of thousands of children and its cover-up?” File photograph: Getty

As a young man I worked as a missionary in the Philippines. By 1973 I had departed the Philippines and the priesthood. On return to Ireland I was app(...)

Injured Syrian army members receive honours during the opening of the Damascus International Fair. File photograph: Youssef Badawi/EPA

Damascus’s 61st International Fair opened this week with a spectacular sound and light show, singing and dancing, and a message of hope for a future w(...)

Namita Pradhan, second from right, works alongside colleagues at iMerit’s technology center in Bhubaneswar, India. Tech executives rarely discuss the labour-intensive process that goes into the creation of artificial intelligence. Photograph: Rebecca Conway/New York Times

Namita Pradhan sat at a desk in downtown Bhubaneswar, India, about 40 miles from the Bay of Bengal, staring at a video recorded in a hospital on the o(...)

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