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Palestinians in boats in the sea at Gaza during a protest against the Israeli blockade on August 18th. Photograph: Mohammed Salem/Reuters

After agreeing to a truce on the Gaza border, Israel and Hamas hope to clinch a more comprehensive ceasefire arrangement, via Egyptian and United Nati(...)

Kofi Annan and former president Mary Robinson at One Young World event in Dublin in 2014. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Tributes have been paid to Kofi Annan, the former United Nations secretary general who died on Saturday, as a “dear friend of Ireland” and an exceptio(...)

 Bernadette McAliskey  called for Northern Ireland’s suspended parliament to be ‘bulldozed’. Photograph: PA

Stormont should be bulldozed and replaced with an old people’s home, Bernadette McAliskey told a conference in Dungannon on Saturday. The veteran civ(...)

Former  UN secretary general Kofi Annan:  plaudits for his  softly spoken mediation are balanced by a number of ugly conflicts that spun out of control while he was UN chief. Photograph: EPA

Kofi Annan, the former United Nations Secretary-General and Nobel Peace Prize laureate who died on Saturday, will be remembered as a dedicated humanit(...)

Kofi Annan, the former UN secretary general, has died. Photograph: Reuters

Former United Nations secretary general and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Kofi Annan died on Saturday at the age of 80, his foundation said. Mr Annan, a(...)

Bosnian Serb leader Milorad Dodik: accused of ramping up nationalist rhetoric. Photograph: Elvis Barukcic/AFP/Getty Images

The United States has denounced Bosnia’s Serb-run region for quashing a report that recognised crimes committed by Bosnian Serb forces at Srebrenica i(...)

Yemeni children vent anger against Riyadh and Washington on August 13th during  a mass funeral in the northern Yemeni city of Saada  for children killed in an air strike by the Saudi-led coalition last week. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

The boys crammed into the bus, their thin bodies packed three to a seat, with latecomers jammed in the aisle. They fidgeted with excitement about the (...)

 An Afghan man holds the  body of a relative at a hospital in Kabul on Wednesday. Photograph: Mohammad Ismail/Reuters

A suicide blast in a mainly Shia area of Kabul killed at least 48 people on Wednesday, the latest in a wave of attacks that have killed hundreds of ci(...)

Vienna, Austria - August 7, 2014: A large group of people take a rest in the terrace of a cafe in downtown Vienna.

Vienna is the “most liveable city” in the world, according to a new report published by the Economist Intelligence Unit. The Austrian capital dislodge(...)

Participants in the ‘Leadership for Life’ conference at Maynooth University: standing from left, Karina Tropman, Ballinrobe, Co Mayo, DeAlbert Shepherd, New York, Ashling Dunphy, Carrick-on-Suir, Co Tipperary, and Callum Maxwell, Oldcastle, Co Meath; front row from left, Liadh Hennessy, Ballineen, Co Cork, Fergal Flood, Monaghan and Rebecca Battle, Enniscrone, Co Sligo. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

“The young people of today . . . ” is a sentence that rarely ends well. It usually signals a rant about teenagers’ obsession with technology, abuse o(...)

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