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The UN watchdog for children’s rights said the Holy See should hand over its archives on sexual abuse so that culprits, as well as “those who concealed their crimes”, could be held accountable.  Photograph: Tony Gentile/Reuters

The Holy See’s handling of the clerical sex abuse crisis that has rocked the Catholic Church for much of the last 20 years has come in for unprecedent(...)

Four out of five Irish people believe Ireland is a corrupt country. That is just one of the many depressing findings in the European Commission’s firs(...)

24-year-old Somali-born Ifrah Ahmed, who is campaigning at home and abroad against FGM. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Ifrah Ahmed will go home to Somalia next month for the first time since she left there as a refugee seven years ago. Then 17, she has achieved a huge (...)

Iraqi Sunni Muslim tribesmen take their positions with their weapons during clashes with the al Qaeda-linked Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant in the city of Ramadi, 100 km  west of Baghdad. Photograph: Reuters.

Iraqi troops and allied tribesmen killed 57 Islamist militants in Anbar province today, the defence ministry said, in advance of a possible assault on(...)

A girl plays with a ball along a street in the besieged area of Homs yesterday. Photograph: Thaer Al Khalidiya/Reuters

A first round of peace talks on Syria wraps up today with both sides in entrenched positions and the UN mediator expressing frustration that it had no(...)

Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe has been accused by Chinese UN ambassador Liu Jieyi of ‘closing the door to dialogue with China’. Photograph: Ahmad Masood/Reuters

Tensions gripping east Asia have flared into a bitter war of words at a United Nations Security Council debate on war and peace.The row started when C(...)

 Syrian deputy foreign minister Faisal Meqdad speaks during a new press conference at the European headquarters of the United Nations, in Geneva, Switzerland today. Photograph: EPA

The Syrian government came under pressure today to allow aid trucks into the besieged rebel city of Homs as negotiators sought to keep peace talks on (...)

With so much at stake for Syria’s very future as a state, and given the great difficulty in getting both sides in its civil war to the conference cham(...)

People stand at the damaged area following a suicide bomb attack in Kabul today. Two Afghan military officers and two civilians were killed and 22 others injured, officials said. Photograph: EPA

A suicide bomber attacked an Afghan army bus in Kabul today, killing four people and wounding up to 22, police said, the latest incident in a worrying(...)

Syrian opposition chief negotiator Hadi al-Bahra (right) walks with members of his delegation after a break in a meeting at the European headquarters of the United Nations, in Geneva, yesterday. Peace talks between Syria’s government and opposition groups might be the headline act, but negotiators are also using ongoing talks in Geneva to try to get the country’s various rebel groups on the same page. Photograph: Salvatore Di Nolfi/EPA

The Syrian government has offered to let women and children leave the besieged city of Homs as negotiators from the warring sides discussed humanitari(...)

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