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Finland and Ireland led the Good Country Index of 153 countries

Ireland is ranked in second place in the Good Country Index. The Index of 153 countries measures what each contributes to the “common good of humani(...)

Students Christopher Doyle and Caolán Ruane take part in Crana College’s transition year programme

Transition year is more popular than ever. By now it is available in 92 per cent of schools, and a record 72 per cent of third-year students went on t(...)

Human rights lawyer Wang Guangwei pictured with his son Wang Guangwei in China’s southern Hainan province in May 2015. Photograph: Handout courtesy of  Li Wenzu/AFP/Getty Images

A Chinese court on Monday jailed prominent rights lawyer Wang Quanzhang for 4½ years for subversion of state power, a sentence denounced by Human Righ(...)

Anti-Maduro demonstrators gather as one holds a poster of Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido in Los Angeles, California. Photograph: Mario Tama/Getty Images

Venezuela’s embattled president Nicolas Maduro rejected an international ultimatum to call elections within eight days and said opposition leader Juan(...)

Spanish prime minister, Pedro Sanchez, delivers a statement at Moncloa Presidential Palace in Madrid, Spain, January 26th. Photograph: Victor Lerena/EPA

The European Union stepped up pressure on Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro, signaling it will recognise opposition leader Juan Guaido if elections (...)

The Big Three: Winston Churchill, Franklin D Roosevelt and Joseph Stalin at the Yalta Conference, 1945. Photograph: Hulton/Getty

The Kremlin Letters: Stalin’s Wartime Correspondence with Churchill and Roosevelt By David Reynolds and Vladimir Pechatnov Yale University Press, 680p(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar presents US president Donald Trump with a bowl of shamrock as Melania Trump looks on during the annual presentation ceremony at the White House in Washington, DC n 2018. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Politicians cannot win. Leo Varadkar has been accused of hypocrisy over his vow to reduce his carbon footprint by cutting down on red meat while order(...)

Three  judges of Obolon District Court announce a sentence for  former Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych, in Kiev, Ukraine, on Thursday. Photograph: Sergey Dolzhenko

A Kiev court has found former Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovich guilty of treason and sentenced him in absentia to 13 years in jail, for his role (...)

Democratic Republic of Congo’s outgoing president Joseph Kabila (right) sits next to his successor Felix Tshisekedi during the inauguration ceremony in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo. Photograph: Olivia Acland/Reuters

Opposition leader Felix Tshisekedi called for national reconciliation on Thursday as he became Democratic Republic of Congo’s president, succeeding J(...)

To their credit, agri-food groups here – Bord Bia, the Irish Farmers’ Association and the Ibec group Meat Industry Ireland – refrained from such petty jibes, keeping their criticism to the report’s findings and its recommendations. Photograph: David Davies/PA Wire

In sports parlance, it’s called playing the man not the ball. In its reaction piece to this week’s Lancet study on meat consumption and the environmen(...)

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