The snow leopards range across the snowy mountains of a dozen countries in Central and South Asia, but their numbers had declined in recent decades as hunters sought their spotted pelts and farmers killed them to protect livestock. Photograph: Getty Images

A unique conservation effort in Afghanistan has helped bring the elusive snow leopard back from the brink and given hope to one of the poorest and mos(...)

Palestinian boys pass a Saudi Arabian-funded housing project built by the United Nations Development Programme in the  Gaza Strip. Photograph:   Said Khatib/AFP

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) says it is “greatly concerned” by Israeli allegations that one of its staffers helped Hamas in Gaza, p(...)

Members of the Sligo Energy Team pictured at AbbVie’s Manorhamilton Road facility. AbbVie’s target for the next level of its health and safety plan is zero incidents, environmental spills or accidental environmental releases, says Michael Tuohy

While the name AbbVie may have been around only since 2013, the global biopharmaceutical giant draws on a heritage going back some 125 years. Its hist(...)

Ruairí Quinn said that EU states which have the lowest levels of youth unemployment are those which track the German model of vocational apprenticeships in the workplace. Photograph: PA

The academic demands of Irish secondary schools are turning off many young teenagers who would fare better in vocational training, former minister for(...)

Men in countries such as Iraq, Algeria and the United States contributed more of their time to childcare than Irish men,

Just seven per cent of unpaid childcare in Ireland is done by men according to a new report which describes the country as having the most unequal gen(...)

Mongolian women working in the clothing industry. When women are paid, they earn on average 24%  less than men

Global development is being held back by the relative shortage of women in paid work, with participation rates having risen only slightly in the past (...)

Post-kidnapping Kyrgyz women: a quarter of all marriages in Kyrgyzstan are believed to involve bride kidnapping. Photograph: STR/AFP/Getty Images

Kyrgyzstan is an Islamic former Soviet republic of 5½ million people, 800,000-odd of them in Bishkek, the capital. Ethnic Kyrgyz have a history of ho(...)

An earthquake victim requests help from a member of the Nepalese Armed Police Force while protesting against the government’s lack of aid provided to the victims in Kathmandu on Wednesday. Photograph: Navesh Chitrakar/Reuters

Nepali villagers have blocked trucks carrying supplies for earthquake victims, demanding the government do more to help after last week’s disaster lef(...)

South Sudanese rapper Lual D’Awol: “I’m not a politician but I’m talking about the government. Things are not moving as swiftly as we would like.” Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

As he drives around the streets of South Sudan’s ramshackle capital, Lual D’Awol performs the rap song that has made him famous – and not a little con(...)

A gay rights activist in Mumbai folds a banner at a protest organised against the Supreme Court’s order on gay, on Wednesday.  Photograph: Danish Siddiqui/Reuters

India’s Supreme Court yesterday endorsed a colonial-era law from the 1860s criminalising gay sex.In a major setback for gay rights campaigners, a two-(...)

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