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Shakila Zareen: Half of her face was blown away when her husband shot her in her home country of Afghanistan. She had been forced to marry him at 16.

Shakila Zareen’s fingernails are painted in alternate colours of rose pink and glittery blue. She’s wearing a vividly embroidered red dress and gold p(...)

Shane O’Connor, who is originally from Spancilhill, Co Clare, lives in Munich and works for an environmental and food science company

Working Abroad Q&A: Shane O’Connor from Spancilhill, Co Clare, now lives in Munich, where he works for an environmental and food science com(...)

Karen Clince operates a ratio of one staff to 11 schoolage children

Who’s going to foot the bill? That’s the issue around which battle lines are being drawn as regulations come in for the first time for care of childre(...)

A woman shades her head from the heat of the sun during food distribution in Mogadishu’s Shingani district in Somalia. Photograph: Abdirazak Hussein Farah/AFP/Getty Images

Climate-change-related drought in Somalia could put 2.2 million people at risk of starvation this year, according to the United Nations. Justin Brady(...)

The number of Irish  babies born with low birth wieght is rising at a rate exceeded only by Czechia among higher income countries. Photograph: iStock

An increasing number of Irish babies are being born with low birth weight, putting them at increased risk of health issues during life, a major intern(...)

When a portion of people refuse to get their kids vaccinated, they are taking an action that not only affects their children – it affects all children.

There are few individuals as self-righteous as a parent declaring that they are entitled to decide what’s best for their child. Usually they are, thou(...)

Children take part in a ceremony at Shehu Palace in Maiduguri.  A total of 894 children were released from the ranks of the Civilian Joint Task Force in northeast Nigeria on Friday.  Photograph: Audu Ali/AFP/Getty Images

A regional militia allied with Nigerian government forces on Friday freed almost 900 children it had used in the war against Boko Haram insurgents, th(...)

Wholesale farmers from the Aileu area, south of Dili, gather to sell vegetables. Photograph: Daniel J Groshong/Bloomberg

In the Aileu valley, high in the mountains of Timor-Leste, ponies graze on fertile pasture surrounded by plantations of coffee and corn. A wide river (...)

A file photograph of a measles vaccination being administered. Photograph: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire

The number of measles cases in Ireland has increased more than three-fold, according to a United Nations (UN) report that warns millions of children w(...)

Members of Libyan internationally recognised government forces evacuate a family in the al-Swani area of Tripoli. Photograph: Ahmed Jadallah

It was night when the baby girl came into the world, in a big hall surrounded by hundreds of refugees and migrants cowering with fear, as fighting bet(...)

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