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Hitting the Wall yet? Runners compete in the Great Wall marathon at Huangyaguan (Yellow Cliff Pass) Great Wall of China in Tianjin. The race is regarded as one of the most challenging marathons in the world. Photograph: STR/AFP/Getty Images

Had you so wished, you could have run a marathon through the Gaza Strip which, at 41km long, is almost perfectly marathon-proportioned. That wa(...)

European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton (left) and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif deliver a press statement after a conference in Vienna today. Photograph: Heinz-Peter Bader/Reuters

In what officials described as a serious, workmanlike and conversational atmosphere, Iran and six world powers have agreed on a timetable and f(...)

Survivors of Magdalene Laundries on theit way into the Dáil this day last year to sit in the public gallery for the debate on the McAleese Magdalene report and an apology from Enda Kenny on behalf of the State. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times.

A wreath will be laid at the gates of Leinster House at midday today to mark the first anniversary of Taoiseach Enda Kenny’s apology to women w(...)

A protester in Seoul looks at a sign depicting US Christian missionary Kenneth Bae who has been held in North Korea for more than a year. A second missionary, Australian John Short, has been arrested in Pyongyang, according to his wife Karen. Photograph: Kim Hong-Ji/Reuters.

An Australian man has been arrested while doing missionary work in North Korea, making him the second foreign Christian missionary to be held i(...)

The number of political prisoners in North Korea’s concentration camps, known as kwanliso , (...)

 Michael Kirby, chairman of the Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in North Korea, presents his report on the human rights violations in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, during a press conference at the European headquarters of the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, yesterday.  Photograph: Salvatore Di Nolfi/EPA

North Korea’s leadership is committing systematic and appalling human rights abuses against its own citizens on a scale unparalleled in the mod(...)

Civilians wait to be allowed to leave a besieged area of Homs earlier this week. Photograph: Thaer Al Khalidiya/Reuters

The hard-won humanitarian ceasefire in the Syrian city of Homs - the sole success that occurred during the peace talks in Geneva - cannot be co(...)

Shirley Temple and Claudette Colbert at the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts dinner, in 1935.

Shirley Temple Black, the iconic child star whose 1930s screen performances brightened up America in the darkest days of the G(...)

 French president Francois Hollande  and US president Barack Obama  both smile during a joint news conference in the East Room of the White House. Photograph: Michael Reynolds/EPA

US president Barack Obama likened his country’s relations with Britain and France to his love for his two daughters saying that he couldn’t cho(...)

Minister for Justice Alan Shatter: said all four congregations were “co-operating” with the Government scheme to compensate the women through “providing all the available records and verifications as requested”

Minister for Justice Alan Shatter has written for a third time to the four religious congregations that ran Magdalene laundries seeking a contribution(...)

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