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Residents gather In Tacloban amidst the devastation icaused by Typhoon Haiyan

Peter Murtagh in Cebu, the Philippines   The United Nations wants to step up significantly its relief operation in the Philippines and has appealed f(...)

Seeking a way out of the city, residents of Tacloban, Philippines, some injured, gather at the wreckage of the local airport. Photograph: Jes Aznar/The New York Times

Irish charities have renewed appeals for relief aid as new storms threaten to hamper rescue efforts in the Philippines. Plan Ireland chief exec(...)

Residents cover their noses from the smell of decomposing bodies in Tacloban city in Leyte province in central Philippines yesterday. The city remains littered with debris from damaged homes as many complain of shortage of food, water and no electricity since typhoon Haiyan hit the province. Photograph: AP Photo/Bullit Marquez

Oxfam Ireland experts have reported seeing children begging for help and holding up signs that read: “Help. We need water, food and medicines.”The ch(...)

Aela De Deus, a coffee farmer from East Timor’s Emera distric, prepares dried coffee parchement before it is transfred into bags for transport to Dili. Photograph: Cedric Arnold/realfeatures.com

Armindo de Deus has worked all his life as a coffee farmer in the Ermera district of Timor-Leste. He is a wiry, weather-beaten man with darting, milky(...)

World Bank president Jim Yong Kim, National Bank of Poland president Marek Belka and IMF managing director Christine Lagarde hold a final news conference following the annual IMF-World Bank meetings in Washington yesterday. Photograph: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

The World Bank’s 188 member countries endorsed a strategy that president Jim Yong Kim says should enable the lender to better respond to clients’ need(...)

Mario Silva and Elisa Teixeira at the Lar Sant’Ana soup kitchen in Matosinhos

Mário Silva and his partner, Elisa Teixeira, sit eating vegetable soup and bread in a cheerily decorated charity restaurant in the seaside city of Mat(...)

Once Bono enters the debate in defence of the role played by Ireland, the amount of coverage of the issue in the international media shoots through the roof

Is Bono IDA Ireland’s biggest nightmare?Richard Boyd Barrett may want to bring some multinational executives into Leinster House to give them a Margar(...)

Relatives and police women sit in  the back of an ambulance transporting the body of a senior female police officer for burial in Helmand province. Photograph: Abdul Malik/Reuters

Southern Afghanistan’s top policewoman has died after being shot in an ambush, months after her predecessor was murdered.Her death, one of the latest (...)

Dick Roche: asked by Hungarian ethanol producer Pannonia to “look into the potential impact of the commission’s proposals”. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Former minister for the environment Dick Roche has been lobbying MEPs on behalf of a Hungarian ethanol producer ahead of a European Parliament decisio(...)

Councillors to vote over proposals for charity shops on Grafton Street. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Charities will learn tonight whether they are to be banned from opening shops that fund their work on Dublin’s Grafton Street.Dublin city councillors (...)

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