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A mother and her newborn at the Colonial War memorial hospital in Suva Fiji. Photograph: Unicef

Global deaths of newborn babies remain alarmingly high, particularly among the world’s poorest countries, according to a new report published by Unice(...)

Dr Ali Selim of the Islamic Cultural Centre of Ireland said recently that “we see female circumcision in the same way we see male circumcision”.

Dr Ali Selim, a senior Muslim figure in Ireland, has said his recent comments about female circumcision have been unfairly equated with female genital(...)

Minister for Health Simon Harris: FGM is never ever justifiable.  Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

The Minister for Health Simon Harris has condemned comments made by a Muslim cleric in relation to female genital mutilation (FGM) as being “offensive(...)

ActionAid ran a pilot programme in Cork to raise awareness and to change mindsets about FGM. Pictured is a similar, recent programme in Milan, Italy

When women become defensive about use of the word “mutilation” in the term female genital mutilation, preferring to call it “modification” or “cutting(...)

Lord Michael Bates dramatically offers his resignation at the despatch box at the House of Lords. Photograph: PA Wire

British prime minister Theresa May has rejected international development minister Lord Michael Bates’s resignation hours after he dramatically quit a(...)

Liam Neeson, the star of Taken and Schindler’s List, said he was ‘on the fence’ in relation to some allegations.

The campaign to highlight sexual misconduct and harrassment in Hollywood is becoming “a bit of a witch hunt”, Irish actor Liam Neeson has told RTE’s (...)

Liam Neeson  was presented with the Distinguished Service Award for the Irish Abroad  at Áras an Uachtaráin by  President Michael D Higghins. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times.

Liam Neeson has spoken at countless awards ceremonies and public engagements over the years. Yet, the actor professes to having a “genuine fear” of pu(...)

Kurdish boys, refugees from Kobane, pictured in a refugee camp in Suruc, Turkey, in 2015, as they wait to return to Syria. Photograph: Getty

Children caught in war zones are increasingly being used as weapons of war – recruited to fight, forced to act as suicide bombers, and used as human s(...)

Do not buy somebody a Christmas present just because you think it’s fabulous and would love it for yourself. That is the golden rule of gift-giving a(...)

UN political affairs chief Jeffrey Feltman (right) in  Beijing  International Airport  before taking   a flight to North Korea. Photograph: Getty Images

The United Nations’ political affairs chief Jeffrey Feltman is visiting Pyongyang in North Korea this week in a bid to ease growing tensions following(...)

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