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North Korean cheerleaders arrive to participate in a welcoming ceremony for North Korea’s Olympic team at the Olympic Village in Gangneung, South Korea on Thursday. Photograph:  Jung Yeon-Je/AFP/Getty Images

After months of tension over North Korea’s nuclear programme, athletes and senior leaders have gathered in Pyeongchang for the Winter Olympics, which(...)

A Government spokesman said eight to 10 Defence Forces personnel would be involved in the EU battlegroup. Photograph: Defence Forces

Irish Defence Forces personnel will join a German-led EU battlegroup in 2020, the Cabinet decided on Tuesday. Minister of State for Defence Paul Keh(...)

Female genital mutilation: Monica Cheptilak says she was the “chairperson of the knife cutters” in her tribe before FGM was outlawed in Uganda, in 2010. She shows her tool. Photograph: Sally Hayden

Across northeast Uganda, reformed “cutters” are apologising for their sins. “I used the same knife on seven girls,” one gap-toothed woman is announcin(...)

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un followed by president of the presidium of the Supreme People’s Assembly Kim Yong-nam after a military parade in Pyongyang in May 2016. Kim Yong-nam will represent the North at the Winter Olympics. Photograph:  Ed Jones/AFP/Getty Images

North Korea will send its ceremonial head of state, Kim Yong-nam, to the Winter Olympics at the head of its delegation, and South Korea’s president Mo(...)

Demonstrators urge the Greek government not to compromise in the name row with neighbouring Macedonia, at Syntagma Square in Athens, on February 4th. Photograph: Valerie Gache/AFP/Getty

More than 100,000 Greeks have protested in Athens against any compromise deal with Macedonia to end a bitter 27-year-old dispute over its name. Since(...)

Peter Conlon, managing director of Pembroke Dynamic Internet Services, Ammado’s Irish tech company, is in custody in Switzerland on suspicion of embezzlement. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Two of the world’s best-known charities – the UN refugee agency UNHCR and Save the Children UK – are owed more than €500,000 by the collapsed Dublin o(...)

Ugandan teacher Akwii Mary Goretti, speaking to students in Trinity Comprehensive School, Ballymun, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

One teacher for every 100 students. That’s the reality for Mary Goretti, a secondary school teacher from Uganda who works in a refugee camp. But tha(...)

 British prime minister Theresa May drinks next to Xi Jinping, China’s president, during a tea ceremony at the Diaoyutai state guesthouse in Beijing on Thursday. Photograph: Dan Kitwood/EPA

Theresa May has held talks with China’s President Xi Jinping in Beijing on her mission to drum up support for a favourable post-Brexit trade deal, wi(...)

It is important the discussion around digital safety issues does not to default to a more limited focus on children, as has begun to happen here.

Government and Opposition support to appoint a digital safety commissioner, as recommended in a 241-page report by the Law Reform Commission published(...)

A Chinese labourer sorts plastic bottles for recycling in Dong Xiao Kou village, on the outskirts of Beijing. Photograph: Fred Dufour/AFP/Getty Images

In December the United Nations passed a unanimous resolution to address the “crisis” of ocean plastic. China subsequently announced it would no longer(...)

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