Places and people with no running water or healthcare now have internet connectivity, usually via mobile, making it possible to provide health, education and financial services to even the most remote locations. Photograph; IStock

Smartphones have become part of our lives in a way we couldn’t have imagined a decade ago. For many in the developing world, owning – or at least shar(...)

Eleven jurisdictions remain on the EU’s tax haven list.  Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

The Caribbean island of Dominica has been removed from a European Union list of tax havens, the EU said on Friday. Dominica changed its tax rules to(...)

Dr Hedy Fry: Politicians must “leave a mark behind to say, because I passed through this place the world is just one millimetre better”.

When Canadian MP Dr Hedy Fry first came to Dublin in the 1960s, there was “one Chinese restaurant, one Indian restaurant. It was very insular.” Fifty(...)

US military vehicles in Syria’s northern city of Manbij on December 30th. The city is controlled by Kurdish-dominated Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), which have been fighting the Islamic State terror group with US support. Photograph:   by Delil Souleiman /AFP/Getty Images

A 34-year-old man from Houston who is said to have sent a CV and cover letter seeking a job with Islamic State has been seized on a battlefield in Syr(...)

Jlloyd Samuel tussles with  Cristiano Ronaldo in his Aston Villa days. Photograph: Darren Staples/Reuters

Former Aston Villa and Bolton defender Jlloyd Samuel has died in a car crash, the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association has announced. He was 37. (...)

Armed Naval and Garda personnel with the cocaine which was seized from a yacht off the west coast of Ireland, in the harbour at Castletown Bere in Co Cork in 2008. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

A hospital porter who found that his work increasingly involved wheeling the dead bodies of overdose victims thanked a Naval Service officer for savin(...)

South Africa’s Caster Semenya: After falling just short of winning the 1,500m on Monday night, Semenya duly won her heat  in London  in 2:01.34, extending a now unbeaten 23-month winning streak at that distance. Photograph:  Adam Davy/PA Wire

No athlete deserves to be burdened with the repeatedly sketchy attention that Caster Semenya has been getting over the last eight years – only at this(...)

Former Manchester United player Dwight Yorke was refused entry into the US.  Photograph: Getty

Dwight Yorke, the former Manchester United striker, said he was “made to feel like a criminal” when he was denied entry to the United States on Friday(...)

Neelie Kroes pictured  in Dublin Castle in 2013. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times.

For years, Neelie Kroes traveled Europe as one of the continent’s senior officials, warning big corporations that they couldn’t “run away” from the E(...)

Tobago: the Commonwealth Office is offering assistance to the family of a British man who was killed on the island along with his wife.

Friends of a British man and his wife killed in an apparent robbery at their home on the Caribbean island of Tobago have been rocked by what the Forei(...)

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