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Boat-builders working on a currach in Meitheal Mara’s workshop in Cork.

It’s an image familiar to most Irish people – the sight of men carrying a currach on their heads as they walk down to the sea – but it was given a new(...)

Robert Mueller, the special counsel investigating alleged Russian interference in the 2016 US presidential election. Photograph: Aaron Bernstein/Reuters

Special counsel Robert Mueller is expected to issue findings on core aspects of his Russia investigation soon after the November midterm elections as(...)

Emergency services carry an injured victim of a blast at at a college in the port city of Kerch, Crimea in this still image taken from a video on Kerch.FM.

At least 19 people were killed and more than 50 injured at a college in Russian-controlled Crimea on Wednesday, when a teenager launched a gun and bom(...)

Macedonian prime minister Zoran Zaev speaks on the night of the referendum on changing Macedonia’s name. Photograph: Ognen Teofilovski/File Photo/Reuters

The referendum in Macedonia on September 30th was a massive Yes vote for a change of name to “Republic of North Macedonia”, but the low turnout (less (...)

Metropolitan Hilarion, chairman of external relations department of the Moscow Patriarchate and permanent member of the Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church,  in Minsk, Belarus, on Monday. Photograph: Vasily Fedosenko/Reuters

The Kremlin has expressed “great concern” over a split between the Russian Orthodox Church and the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople, which Mo(...)

A Syrian rebel fighter from the National Liberation Front. Photograph: Aaref Watad/AFP/Getty Images

The agreement reached by Russia and Turkey for the creation of a demilitarised buffer zone surrounding the Syrian province of Idlib appeared to falter(...)

US president Donald Trump and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman al-Saud in Riyadh in May 2017. On Monday Trump suggested to reporters that ‘rogue killers’ could be responsible for Jamal Khashoggi’s disappearance – giving a potential out to the Saudi regime. File photograph: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images

“Jamal and I had many dreams, but the most important one was to build a home together.” So wrote Hatice Cengiz, the fiancee of missing Saudi journali(...)

South Africa’s president Cyril Ramaphosa: has acted swiftly to restore public trust in his government.  Photograph: Rodger Bosch/AFP/Getty Images

Cyril Ramaphosa’s deft handling of his finance’s minister’s resignation last week highlights the South African president’s ability to turn a significa(...)

Journalists the world over are increasingly endangered, like Jamal Khashoggi, by disregard of their freedom to report and investigate. Photograph: Mohammed Al-Shaikh/AFP/Getty Images

The disappearance and presumed murder of the journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Istanbul has brought a perfect storm of criticism and attention on the Saud(...)

Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orban: his nationalist government in Budapest has doled out more than one million passports – with voting rights – to ethnic Hungarians in neighbouring states.  Photograph: Reuters/Bernadett Szabo

Ukraine has urged its ethnic Hungarian citizens to ignore “idiotic myths” about dangers to their safety amid a row between Budapest and Kiev that has (...)

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