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Well-wishers light candles yesterday in front of former South African president Nelson Mandela’s home in Houghton, Johannesburg. Photograph: Reuters/Mujahid Safodien

The condition of Nelson Mandela, who has spent more than 40 days in hospital receiving treatment for a recurring lung infection, is “steadily improvin(...)

Schoolchildren sing ‘Happy Birthday’ to former South African president Nelson Mandela at Phefeni High School, opposite Mr Mandela’s former home in Soweto Township Photograph: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images

Anti-apartheid leader Nelson Mandela is “steadily improving”, South Africa’s government claimed today as the former president spent his 95th birthday (...)

UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon praised Panama yesterday for seizing a North Korean ship carrying arms from Cuba, adding that the UN sanctions committee would take up the issue promptly. Cuba said the weapons were being sent back to North Korea for repair and included two anti-aircraft missile batteries, nine disassembled rockets, two MiG-21 fighter jets, and 15 MiG-21 engines, all Soviet-era military weaponry built in the middle of the last century. Photograph: Carlos Jasso/Reuters

North Korea broke four days of silence early today over a rusty North Korean freighter impounded by Panama for concealing a load of Cuban weapons, ins(...)

Well-wishers’ messages yesterday adorn  the sign outside the Medi-Clinic Heart Hospital  in Pretoria, South Africa, where Nelson Mandela is being treated for a recurring lung infection. Photograph:  Christopher Furlong/Getty Images

An unprecedented number of young South Africans plan to donate their time to worthy causes as part of Nelson Mandela’s 95th birthday celebrations toda(...)

A Syrian child holds her sibling at a camp in Baalbek, Lebanon, for Syrians who have fled the fighting in their country. Photograph: Spencer Platt/Getty Images

The number of people fleeing the conflict in Syria has escalated to an average of 6,000 a day during 2013 – a rate not seen since the genocide in Rwan(...)

Samantha Power, the nominee to be the US representative to the United Nations, testifies before the Senate foreign relations committee  in Washington, DC yesterday. Power has received broad bipartisan support for her nomination. Photograph: Win McNamee/Getty Images

Dublin-born Samantha Power, President Obama’s nominee to be the next US ambassador to the United Nations, criticised the world body’s inaction over Sy(...)

Malala Yousafzai speaking at The United Nations headquarters in New York last week. Photograph: PA

A prominent Pakistani Taliban commander has written a letter to a teenage girl shot in the head by the group, expressing regrets that he did not warn (...)

Survivors of Magdalene Laundries on their way into Leinster House to sit in the public gallery for the debate on the McAleese Magdalene report in February. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has called on the four religious orders who ran the Magdalene laundries to “reflect” on their refusal to pay into a redress schem(...)

Panama seized a North Korean cargo ship it suspects was hiding missile equipment in a shipment of brown sugar from Cuba, after a standoff in which the(...)

File image of Irish peacekeepers on patrol  in Lebanon in 2000. Photograph: Defence Forces Military Archives

Members of the Defence Forces are to be deployed in Syria as part of a United Nations observer force. The Government approved the move today, accordin(...)

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