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Young women stand in front of a school in Maiduguri, Nigeria in 2013. At least 13 students may still be missing after the attack by Boko Haram on the village of Dapchi, northeastern Nigeria. Photograph:  Jon Gambrell/AP

The Nigerian military rescued 76 schoolgirls and recovered the bodies of two others on Wednesday, after the students went missing during a Boko Haram (...)

An injured child receives treatment following bombings on several areas of eastern Ghouta, at a hospital in Douma, Syria. Photograph: Mohammed Badra/EPA

Aid agencies warned of an unfolding humanitarian catastrophe yesterday as Syrian government forces pounded a besieged Damascus suburb where about 250 (...)

Members of the Kosovo Security Force ceremonial band parade in the main square in Pristina on  the occasion of the 10th anniversary of Kosovo Independence. Photograph: Armend Nimani/AFP/Getty Images
Kosovo: tough decisions lie ahead

Kosovo is taking down the bunting after its 10th birthday party and wondering where it will be in another decade – inside the European Union and Nato (...)

 Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas: called for an international Middle East peace conference to be convened later this year. Photograph:  Timothy A Clary/Getty Images

The United States is “ready to talk” Middle East peace with the Palestinians, US ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said on Tuesday in remar(...)

Ireland scores well compared to the European Union 15 countries on education, though the number of young people not in employment, education or training “is a cause for concern” at about 15%. File photograph: Getty Images

Ireland is one of the “worst performers” on a range of social and environmental indicators compared with 15 similar EU countries, a study has revealed(...)

Injured children are treated at a hospital in rebel-held Douma, Eastern Ghouta, Syria, on Monday. Photograph: Mohammed Badra/EPA

A fierce government assault on a besieged rebel-held suburb outside the Syrian capital has become one of the deadliest attacks of the country’s seven-(...)

Epilepsy Ireland patron Rick O’Shea  with Sarah Martin of Concern Worldwide and John Logue of Suas at the announcement of IAPI’s charity partners for the 2018 Cannes Young Lions initiative. Photograph: Marc O’Sullivan

Young advertising creatives will compete to represent Ireland in the Cannes Young Lions competition by devising campaigns for Concern Worldwide, Epile(...)

An Albanian flag is carried as thousands of people walk down the main pedestrian zone in Pristina,  on Saturday, the 10th anniversary of Kosovo’s independence. Photograph: Visar Kryeziu/AP

Kosovo has urged Serbia to agree a historic deal this year to normalise their relations, as it celebrated its first decade of independence from Belgra(...)

A boy dressed as a police officer holding Kosovo flags in Pristina on the eve of celebrations for the 10th anniversary of Kosovo independence. Photograph: Getty Images

Ramush Haradinaj missed the party when Kosovo declared independence 10 years ago today. A rebel commander during Kosovo’s 1998-9 conflict with Serbia(...)

Spain’s Economy Minister Luis de Guindos addresses a recent news conference. He is opposing Ireland’s Philip Lane for the job of ECB vice-presdient

The nomination of Governor Philip Lane to contest the post as vice-president of the European Central Bank was a welcome one. Perhaps informed by the B(...)

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