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Hanaa Ahmad Ali Bahr, a malnourished girl, sits on her father’s lap in a shanty town in Hodeidah in war-torn Yemen. Photograph: Abduljabbar Zeyad

The deadly and devastating war in Yemen has set back development by 20 years in the poorest country in the Arab world, according to a UN report. The(...)

A woman shows her malnourished baby at an intensive nutritional rehabilitation centre  southern Niger. Of the 189 countries in the Human Development Index, Ireland ranked fourth and Niger last. Photograph:  Getty Images

Living conditions have improved faster in Ireland than anywhere else in the world over the past five years, according to a newly published United Nati(...)

Myint Soe and his son use centuries-old methods to catch fish on Inle Lake. Photograph: Stephen Starr

Since 6am Myint Soe and his son have been fishing aboard their long-tail boat. It looks as though it’s been a good morning – between their feet lie ab(...)

According to the Health Research Board, Ireland has the fourth-highest level of alcohol consumption in the OECD region. Photograph: Rui Vieira/PA

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is to hold up Ireland’s alcohol consumption policies as an exemplar for other developed countries. B(...)

Members of the United Nations Development Programme working in a damaged alley of the ancient market in Homs as part of the  renovation project, which has now been halted. Photograph: Louai Beshara/AFP/Getty Images

The road from Aleppo enters Homs though the rubble mountain moonscape of the northern Khaldiya quarter, heavily shelled by the Syrian army while occup(...)

“I’m not a soldier and I found the war terrifying”: Artyom Butov, who was injured during Ukraine’s conflict, now runs a small chicken farm about 80km from the front. Photograph: Daniel McLaughlin

As a freezing dusk descends over Mykolaivka in eastern Ukraine, Oleksandr Bilanov leans forward and reaches into a desk drawer. “These landed here i(...)

Members of the United Nations Development Programme perform restoration work in a damaged alley of the ancient market in the heart of the mostly government-controlled Syrian city of Homs. Photograph: Louai Beshara/AFP/Getty Images

Workers have cleared 99 per cent of war rubble and debris in the ancient souq at the heart of the Old City of Homs, in western Syria, which was ravage(...)

Palestinian boys pass a Saudi Arabian-funded housing project built by the United Nations Development Programme in the  Gaza Strip. Photograph:   Said Khatib/AFP

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) says it is “greatly concerned” by Israeli allegations that one of its staffers helped Hamas in Gaza, p(...)

Syrian refugee children at the souk in Al- Azraq camp for Syrian refugees in Jordan.  Photograph: Jordan Pix/Getty Images

Before the conflict in Syria emptied hundreds of thousands of refugees into Jordan, the kingdom’s government had made projections of population growth(...)

Wasteland: Palestinian boys play on the rubble of a building in Shejaia. Photograph: Mohammed Abed/AFP/Getty

Rabah abu Shanab lifts the tin jug off the open fire and pours the coffee carefully into some thimble-like cups. The rickety plastic table wobbles (...)