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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(...)

UN members talk with Sheikh Abu Harith al-Khalidi (right), who is in charge of negotiations for civilians inside the besieged area of Homs yesterday.  Photograph: Reuters

Six hundred people left the besieged ruins of rebel-held central Homs today, escaping more than a year of hunger and deprivation caused by one of the (...)

Jan Kubis, special representative of the secretary-general and head of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), shows a report during a news conference in Kabul today. Photograph: Mohammad Ismail/Reuters

War took an increasing toll on Afghanistan’s civilians in 2013 as fighting intensified between the government and insurgents, the United Nations said (...)

The Holy See senior spokesman has argued that the conclusions of the UN’s child protection report presented “grave limitations” and that they reflected the “prejudices of certain NGO’s”. Photograph: Tony Gentile/Reuters

The Holy See’s senior spokesman, Father Federico Lombardi, today issued an unprecedentedly scathing attack on the United Nations, arguing that the con(...)

Libya’s prime minister Ali Zeidan speaks during a news conference in Tripoli today. Mr Zeidan appealed for Libyans to avoid violence in settling a standoff over their interim parliament. Photograph: Ismail Zitouny/Reuters.

Libyan prime minister Ali Zeidan has appealed for Libyans to avoid violence in settling a standoff over their interim parliament, whose mandate was du(...)

A man walks along a street lined with damaged buildings in the besieged area of Homs. Photograph: Yazan Homsy/Reuters.

Syria began evacuating civilians from a besieged area of Homs today while Russia announced that Syria’s warring parties had agreed a three-day ceasef(...)

US Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland, whose telephone conversation about the political crisis in Ukraine was leaked on the Internet, suggested the leak would not harm her ties with the Ukrainian opposition. Photograph: Gleb Garanich/Reuters
US diplomat plays down leaked call
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  • February 7, 2014, 13:48

A US diplomat whose telephone conversation about the political crisis in Ukraine was leaked on the Internet said today that the recording was “pretty (...)

 British prime minister David Cameron delivers a speech on the future of Scotland inside the Velodrome at the Olympic Park in London today. The Scottish people will vote on whether Scotland should become an independent nation on September 18th. Photograph: Andy Rain/EPA.

David Cameron evoked his own family’s Scottish heritage as he delivered a heartfelt plea for Scotland to remain part of the United Kingdom. In his hig(...)

Seamus O’Connor of Ireland competes in the Men’s Slopestyle qualification during the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Rosa Khutor Extreme Parka. Photograph: Cameron Spencer/Getty Images

In a €520 million stadium that will be used for the opening and closing ceremonies and then a couple of times a year between now and the 2018 World Cu(...)

A man walks along a street lined with damaged buildings in the besieged area of Homs yesterday. Photograph: Yazan Homsy/Reuters.

The United Nations has welcomed reports that an agreement has reached to allow the evacuation of civilians from the besieged Syrian city of Homs and f(...)

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