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Ursula von der Leyen: she welcomed the Brexit deal on Christmas Eve quoting TS Eliot. “The end is where we start from.” Photographer: Dursun Aydemir/Anadolu Agency/Bloomberg

Ursula von der Leyen’s statement welcoming the Brexit deal on Christmas Eve gratified her British audience with references to the Beatles and Shakespe(...)

On December 26th, 2004 the 22 Nicobar Islands were hit by waves over 15m high. Entire villages were washed into the sea and 3,449 people were officially reported dead or missing. Photograph: Reuters/Punit Paranjpe

We have seen the scenario many times: TV news reports a natural disaster in a remote area and the humanitarian aid is marshalled to alleviate the cris(...)

Mavis Ramazani, originally from South Africa, has described the guilt she felt as a mother raising her daughter in direct provision.  Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

On Saturday, October 5th, 2019 Mavis Ramazani stood on the stage of Dublin’s Liberty Hall and described in detail the guilt she felt as a mother raisi(...)

Salome Mbugua of Akidwa with Minister of State for Justice David Stanton. Ms Mbugua is critical of Direct Provision. File photograph: Tom Honan

In May, Akidwa, the national network of migrant women, submitted a report to the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Justice and Equality warning that women(...)

Floral tributes are laid  at a mural to Savita Halappanavar on  Camden Street in Dublin on Saturday. Photograph: Getty Images

So Ireland voted overwhelmingly No. No to the tribalism that would divide it into mutually exclusive clans of male and female, rural and urban, young(...)

Pro-unity supporters take part in a demonstration in central Barcelona on  October 29th. Photograph: Jon Nazca/Reuters

“Don’t be ashamed of loving Spain, be ashamed of hating it,” read one banner that was being brandished at Sunday’s massive demonstration in Barcelona (...)

A torture chamber in Phnom Penh. Photograph: Adrees Latif/Reuters

The Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment defines torture as “any act by which severe pain or suffe(...)

French president Francois Hollande during a decorations awarding ceremony in Paris to personalities committed to the fight against global warming. Photograph: AFP Photo

Efforts to reach a historic global agreement on climate change entered a critical stage last night as it became clear a new text has not overcome majo(...)

People gather at the Place de la Nation in Ouagadougou on September 16th, 2015, a few hours after Burkina Faso’s interim president and prime minister were detained at the presidential palace by guards loyal to ousted leader Blaise Compaore, the speaker of parliament said.  Photograph: Ahmed Ouoba/AFP/Getty Images

Soldiers fired warning shots outside Burkina Faso’s presidential palace on Wednesday as hundreds of people gathered to protest the detention of gover(...)

In June, billionaire investor Warren Buffett  (left) described Chuck Feeney (right) as “my hero,” when presenting him with a Forbes 400 Lifetime Achievement award for pledging to give away billions during his lifetime to numerous causes in Ireland and overseas.

Irish American philanthropist Chuck Feeney’s dream of giving his entire multibillion fortune away to fund good causes is proving harder because of (...)

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