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Fr Tony O’Riordan in South Sudan where he is charged with building schools for thousands of children

A long-serving parish priest of the Moyross area of Limerick has begun a new ministry in South Sudan. While Fr Tony O’Riordan has seen disadvantage u(...)

Abbas Akhavan’s Fountain at the Douglas Hyde Gallery. Photograph: Denis Mortell

Variations on a Garden  Abbas Akhavan. Douglas Hyde Gallery, Trinity College, Dublin (Plus Roadworks: Mona Hatoum, Gallery 2). Until January 13th(...)

In a Word . . . Knee

I’ve recently rediscovered the joy of movement. Normal movement. To be able to walk freely, again. Bliss, it is. Very heaven. My knees had been trou(...)

Kurdish peshmarga near Altun Kupri, between Kirkuk and Erbil, Iraq on Friday.  The area is considered part of the “disputed territories” claimed by both Kurds and Baghdad. Photograph: Azad Lashkari/Reuters

Iraqi forces clashed with Kurdish peshmerga on Friday south of Erbil, the capital of Kurdistan, as they completed their takeover of the disputed, oil-(...)

Members of Iraqi federal forces  advance in military vehicles in Kirkuk, Iraq on Monday. Photograph: Reuters

Iraqi forces seized control of the disputed city of Kirkuk on Monday as Kurdish forces appeared to melt away, escalating a crisis triggered by last mo(...)

Men suspected of being Islamic State fighters are searched at a security screening center near Kirkuk, Iraq. More than 1,000 militants turned themselves in after the latest in a string of humiliating defeats in Iraq and Syria. Photograph: Ivor Prickett/The New York Times

A series of battles in Iraq and Syria in recent weeks herald the collapse and defeat of Islamic State and the “caliphate” it set up in 2014, which des(...)

President Jalal Talabani talks to reporters in Baghdad, Iraq, in 2007. Photograph: AP Photo/Hadi Mizban

Jalal Talabani, the Kurdish former president of Iraq and its first non-Arab head of state, has died. He was 83. The leader of one of Iraq’s main Kur(...)

An Iraqi Kurdish woman wearing the Kurdish flag on her face flashes the victory gesture amid celebrations in the city of Kirkuk in northern Iraq last week. Photograph: Ahmad Al-Rubaye/AFP/Getty Images

The Kurdistan Regional Government in Iraq declares itself ready for independence after organising a referendum last week in which 93 per cent voted fo(...)

 Iraqi Kurd women show their fingers after voting at a polling station during Kurdistan independence referendum in Erbil, Kurdistan region in northern Iraq on Monday. Photograph: Mohamed Messara/EPA

Voters in Iraq’s northern Kurdistan region poured into polling stations to cast their ballots in the controversial referendum on independence on Monda(...)

Turkish protestors hold Turkish and Turkmen flags as they shout slogans against Kirkuk for taking part in the Kurdish referendum during a demonstration in Istanbul, Turkey on Sunday. Photograph: Erdem Sahin/EPA

Iran halted flights to and from Kurdish regions in northern Iraq yesterday in retaliation to a plan by the autonomous Kurdistan Regional Government (K(...)

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