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Minister for foreign affairs Brian Lenihan with An Ngoc Dung (2) and Van Quoc Thanh (3) at a party for Vietnamese refugees at Blanchardstown hospital, Co Dublin, in 1979. Photograph: Pat Langan/The Irish Times

Forty years ago today, on Christmas Eve 1979, the front page of The Irish Times carried an unusually cheery photograph of then minister for foreign af(...)

Former president of Ireland Mary Robinson at the UN climate change conference COP25 in Madrid, Spain. Photograph: Cristina Quicler/AFP via Getty Images

An international declaration which, if adopted, would legally recognise the right of children to a healthy environment has been unveiled at the COP25 (...)

Shared parental leave is helping to ensure issues relating to childcare are not restricted to women. Photograph: iStock

Transparency is here Log on to the BBC news website (bbc.com/news/business-47212342) and you’ll find a widget that allows you type in the name of UK (...)

Nigeria has been warned it risks a humanitarian disaster if the government goes ahead with its threat to throw aid agencies out of the northeast of th(...)

Soldiers close to offices of humanitarian group, Action Against Hunger in Maiduguri, Nigeria, September 19th. Photograph: Audu Marte/ AFP/Getty

The Nigerian military has forced international non-governmental organisation Action Against Hunger to stop providing aid in northeast Nigeria, accusin(...)

Yemeni children in the city of Taez listen to their teacher this month in a destroyed classroom at their school which was heavily damaged in an air strike during fighting between the Saudi-backed government forces and the Huthi rebels. Photograph: Ahmad Al-Basha/AFP/Getty Images

Two decades ago, nearly 10 million children did not live to see a fifth birthday. By 2017, that number – about 1 in every 16 children – was nearly cu(...)

Suad Aldarra and her husband, Housam Ziad, moved to Ireland five years ago. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

When Suad Aldarra was offered a job in Ireland in 2014 she was suddenly faced with the prospect of having to choose between her relationship and her c(...)

A Cameroonian policeman and a gendarme at a polling station in southwestern Cameroon, during last October’s presidential election. Insurgents have been fighting the West African country’s francophone government in a bid to carve out an independent state they hope will be named Ambazonia. Photograph: Marco Longari/AFP/Getty Images

Hundreds of thousands of children in Cameroon’s English language-speaking region are staying out of school this week, after separatists called for a b(...)

The big change for parents when the National Childcare Scheme is due to start operating on Tuesday, October 29th, is that they, not their childcare pr(...)

More than one million people in Uganda contracted malaria  within the past two months

Uganda’s health ministry has said a sharp rise in malaria is partly attributable to climate change, after more than one million people contracted the (...)

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