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Ibrahim Halawa with his sisters Fatima, Omaima and Somaia.

Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney has welcomed the news from Cairo that Ibrahim Halawa and his sisters have been acquitted. Mr Coveney, who (...)

Myanmar’s leader Aung San Suu Kyi has cancelled plans to attend the UN General Assembly. Photograph: Soe Zeya Tun/Reuters.

Myanmar’s leader Aung San Suu Kyi has cancelled plans to attend the UN General Assembly as the country draws international criticism over violence aga(...)

Archbishop Óscar Romero: spoke out vehemently against poverty, social wrongs, torture and murder. Photograph: AP

Archbishop Óscar Romero was born 100 years ago this day, on August 15th 1917. He was murdered by El Salvador’s state forces on March 24th, 1980. Wide(...)

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(...)

A handout photo of Olive Yang in her family’s home in Muse, Myanmar in 2015. Yang, who rejected her royal birthright to become a cross-dressing warlord who established opium trade routes with her CIA-supplied army, died on July 13th, 2017, at the age of 90.

She was born to royalty in British colonial Burma, but rejected that life to become a cross-dressing warlord whose CIA-supplied army established opium(...)

Church of Ireland Bishop of Cork Paul Colton: ‘the reality is that there is such diversity and difference throughout the Church of Ireland.’ Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The Church of Ireland may have found a way forward on the issue of same-sex marriage following a move by a church in Scotand, Bishop of Cork Paul Colt(...)

 Manuel Noriega in a photo released by the US Marshals Service in January, 1990. Noriega, the brash former dictator of Panama and sometime ally of the US, died on May 29th, 2017.
Obituary: Manuel Noriega

Manuel Antonio Noriega Moreno, politician and military officer Born: 11th February 1934. Died; 29th May 2017 Manuel Noriega, who has died aged 83, (...)

Bronwen O’ Reilly,  Glasnevin and Trinity student Niamh Herbert,  Kildare during a Dáil protest demanding ratification of the UN Convention of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

It is difficult to understand why our Government has not ratified the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), some 10 years afte(...)

 Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu  with US president Donald Trump whose statement that he favoured neither the two-state solution nor the one-state solution has unsettled Palestinians, Israelis,   and the international community. Photograph: Michael Reynolds/EPA

Washington’s UN ambassador Nikki Haley has contradicted US president Donald Trump by saying that America’s policy on the Arab-Israeli conflict remains(...)

Rev Noble McNeely: served in  the Antrim congregation of First Ballymoney  for 13 years

The new Presbyterian moderator will be Rev Noble McNeely (63) of the First Holywood Presbyterian Church in Co Down. He was nominated by 10 of the chu(...)

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