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Former president of Ireland Mary McAleese speaks in DCU at the book launch of the book The Pope Francis Agenda by Donal Dorr. Photograph: James Forde/ The Irish Times.

The abuse scandals in the Catholic Church were now entering “an even more disrupting chapter,” former president Mary McAleese has said. She quoted ve(...)

Ian Marshall outside Leinster House in Dublin. Photograph: Patrick Bolger/Bloomberg

In the Brexit referendum campaign two years ago, Britain paid little attention to how exiting the European Union might affect the Border. Now, it’s th(...)

Supporters celebrate after Zimbabwe’s president Emmerson Mnangagwa was declared the winner in the country’s landmark election, in the Harare suburb of Mbare on Friday. Photograph: Luis Tato/AFP/Getty Images

Zimbabwe’s opposition alliance vowed on Friday to legally challenge the disputed election results that saw the ruling Zanu-PF party hold on to power(...)

Statue of St Columba (aka Columbanus) in Luxeuil. Photograph: iStock

There are at least two statues of St Columba (aka Columbanus) in Luxeuil, and in both he looks a bit mad. This may not have been unintended. Born in t(...)

BMW has forecast stronger sales momentum during the rest of the year from new models such as the X2 compact SUV. Photograph: iStock

BMW warned that trade tensions could drag on profits in the coming months, squeezed by power politics between China and the United States. The manuf(...)

A former Border customs hut in the village of Muff, Co Donegal.  EU chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier has said he is  ‘ready to improve’ the EU’s proposal to the Uk on the Border issue. Photograph: Mary Turner/Bloomberg.

The European Union has signalled a willingness to be more flexible around the Northern Ireland Border in Brexit negotiations with the UK. There are c(...)

Mary Lou McDonald: she said that if there was to be a hard Brexit next year the British government would have to hold a Border poll.  Photograph: PA Wire

The leaders of Fianna Fáil and Labour and the Minister for Justice, Charlie Flanagan, have questioned the abrupt U-turn on a Border poll made by the S(...)

A soldier fires shots towards demonstrators in Harare, as protests erupted over alleged fraud in the country’s election. Photograph: Zinyange Auntony/AFP/Getty Images

Zimbabwe’s general election descended into bloodshed on Wednesday when police used live ammunition on opposition party supporters protesting in the st(...)

Serbian president Aleksandar Vucic said he wanted an agreement with Kosovo that would “end this cycle of conflicts forever”. Photograph: Koca Sulejmanovic/EPA

Kosovo has warned against any bid to divide it along ethnic lines as part of a deal to secure recognition of its independence from Serbia. Kosovo bro(...)

“Sanofi is confident that its contingency plans will ensure that people in the UK can access the treatments they need after the UK leaves the European Union.” Photograph: Reuters

Sanofi plans to stockpile products in British warehouses and move some operations to Europe as the French pharmaceuticals group prepares for the prosp(...)

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