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 Nadia Murad and Denis Mukwege, joint winners of the Nobel Peace Prize. Photographs:  Lucas Jackson/Vincent Kessler/Reuters

Two leaders of the struggle against sexual violence in war have won this year’s Nobel Peace Prize, a choice that will hearten campaigners fighting for(...)

US vice president Mike Pence laid out allegations of Chinese election interference in a harshly worded speech on Thursday. Photograph: Joshua Roberts/Bloomberg

The Trump administration stepped up its criticism of China on Thursday as vice president Mike Pence accused Beijing of meddling in US elections. Spea(...)

Migrants aboard the Aquarius rescue ship run by non-governmental organisations  SOS Mediterranee and Medecins Sans Frontieres. Photograph: Maud Veith/AFP/Getty Images

One in five migrants died or disappeared trying to cross the Mediterranean Sea from Libya in September, the highest proportion of deaths recorded on t(...)

“Is it the case that I shouldn’t meet with people prepared to come in and invest in the country?” asked Denis Naughten.  Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Minutes from the dinner meeting between Minister for Communications Denis Naughten and US businessman David McCourt in July have been released followi(...)

Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade Simon Coveney  said it would “probably be more popular politically” to spend overseas aid money on domestic needs. Photograph: Tom Honan

Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney has admitted he has a “tough time” at Cabinet when making the case for increased overseas deve(...)

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin: ’Society is marked by a serious lack of unity’. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The Catholic Archbishop of Dublin has urged judges and lawyers, in a society “marked by a serious lack of unity”, to “look more closely at the meaning(...)

Northern Ireland Secretary Karen Bradley said the  Chequers proposal is ‘a good deal for Northern Ireland”’. Photograph: Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP/Getty

Theresa May’s Chequers plan is the “only proposal” that delivers on Britain’s objective to leave the European Union, the Secretary of State for Northe(...)

US deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein spoke briefly to President Donald Trump on Thursday, the White House said. Photograph: Doug Mills/New York Times

US president Donald Trump postponed his planned meeting with deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein on Thursday, in order not to interfere with the Br(...)

In Ireland, almost one million counterfeit or sub-standard medicines were seized in 2017. Of these, 47 per cent were anabolic steroids, 23 per cent were sedatives and 13 per cent were medicines for erectile dysfunction. Photograph: iStock

Most of us would never consider the possibility that the medicines we take might be fake or substandard, yet about 10 per cent of medicines worldwide (...)

Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi: “We did not and will not interfere in any country’s domestic affairs.” Photograph:  Don Emmert / AFP

China has rejected accusations by US president Donald Trump that it was “meddling” in the US mid-term elections because of an ongoing trade war. Chine(...)

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