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Taoiseach Leo Varadkar visiting Irish troops in Mali in January. The troops were there in a non-combat training role, but since September 14 members of the Army Ranger Wing have been active as part of the UN mission in the country. Photograph: Defence Forces

The killing of at least 54 Malian soldiers and one civilian near the country’s border with Niger last weekend underlines the acute dangers of a confli(...)

Conor Pope and Paula Mendes stand in the Globe of Death, as Maycon Douglas and Lucius Zafalon ride their bikes during the Cirque Berserk at the Bord Gais Energy Theatre. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

It was probably a mistake to place my life in the hands of a small knife-wielding Czech man with a huge top hat without asking him a single question a(...)

A member loyal to Islamic State waves a flag in Raqqa in 2014. FIle photograph: Reuters

‘World View’ is a weekly foreign affairs podcast from ‘The Irish Times’. Subscribe on Android, on Apple Podcasts, on Stitcher or on Soundcloud. Is Is(...)

 Kimberly Smith is a Native American activist and artist.

More than 100 human rights defenders from 80 countries arrived in Dublin this week for three days of meetings on how to overcome the challenges and da(...)

The ‘cash for ash’ scandal has caused controversy at Stormont. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

In 1999, then US president Bill Clinton got into a lot of trouble over off-the-cuff remarks he made about Northern Ireland. He was at an event in Ca(...)

AA Gill photographed with his wife Nicola Formby in 2015. Photograph: David M Benett/Getty Images

Restaurant critic AA Gill, described as “a giant among journalists”, has died after a short battle with cancer. He was 62. Best known for his work in(...)

AA Gill and his daughter Flora  pictured in 2015. Photograph: David M Benett/Getty Images

Writer AA Gill has revealed he has been diagnosed with the “full English” of cancers. He said his illness — diagnosed recently after family concerns (...)

Ahmad al-Faqi al-Mahdi,  who was full of “genuine remorse, regret and deep pain” at the vandalism he caused,  the International Criminal Court in The Hague was told. Photograph: Bas Czerwinski/EPA

The only Islamist militant to stand trial at the International Criminal Court (ICC) has been sentenced to nine years in jail for destroying centuries-(...)

Ahmad al-Faqi al-Mahdi – also known as Abu Tourab –  at the International Criminal Court in The Hague on Monday.  He expressed his deep regret to the people of Timbuktu and Mali. Photograph: Patrick Post/EPA

The first Islamist militant to appear before the International Criminal Court (ICC) has pleaded guilty to the destruction of sites of historic and rel(...)