Syrians gather at a site of car bomb in the northwestern Syrian city of Idlib. Photograph: Omar Haj Kadour/AFP/Getty Images

The Syrian military has deployed along the borders of al-Qaeda-dominated Idlib province and has begun shelling insurgents’ positions, prompting fears (...)

Mabella Market in Freetown, Sierra Leone: Many Sierra Leoneans put themselves at great risk – and often paid with their lives – to treat the sick, clean hospital wards, bury the dead and mobilise a public response. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

In early 2015, as the Ebola epidemic that had killed almost 4,000 people in Sierra Leone was finally coming under control, Sinead Walsh, then Irish am(...)

Marie Diouf, aka Queen of Salt, displays some of the pure salt which her team of workers are harvesting at Fatick plains in Senegal. Photograph: Lar Boland

Nearly 19 million babies born globally every year are at risk of permanent yet preventable brain damage and reduced cognitive function due to a lack o(...)

Unless you cook it at home, it is likely the ham you eat is highly processed and involves the use of a range of flavours, additives and preservatives. Photograph: iStock

Vegans trying to win over Irish people have their work cut out trying to wrest the ham sandwiches from our hands. It’s not just the taste that makes (...)

Rates of caesarean sections tripled worldwide between 1990 and 2014 from 6.7 per cent to 19.1 per cent. Photograph: Istock

More than three quarters of all caesarean sections carried out in Ireland and the UK are carried out following a request from the mother, newly publis(...)

 Ireland recorded 392 suicides last year. Photograph: iStock

Suicide is a major problem in the modern world. Little progress was made for many years developing programmes to reduce suicide rates but encouraging (...)

From left, Conor McDonnell,  Aaron Connolly, Tamzin Brogan, Melvin Junungal and John White at the Swan Youth Service,  St Agatha’s Hall, Dunne Street, North Strand, Dublin. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Mental health wasn’t on the agenda when the Swan Youth Service started a weekly music group in the basement of its main centre in Dublin’s northeast i(...)

A young mother breastfeeding her infant daughter. Photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

A resolution to encourage breastfeeding was expected to be approved quickly and easily by the hundreds of government delegates who gathered this sprin(...)

Minister for Social Protection Regina Doherty is expected to bring the review to Cabinet on Tuesday. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

A call has been made for the publication of a review into Ireland’s gender-recognition law. Minister for Social Protection Regina Doherty is expected(...)

Ollie Bell (centre) joined other groups supporting The Is Me, Transgender Healthcare, a protest at Government Buildings and Leinster House about access to healthcare for transgender people. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

About 300 people protested in Dublin on Saturday to call for proper healthcare within the State for members of the transgender and non-binary communit(...)

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