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Atlantic Dawn: the value of its  fishing assets was increased substantially by the European Commission’s decision to hinder the efforts of owners of other Irish vessels to upgrade their fleet

The former owners of Atlantic Dawn, which once was Ireland’s biggest-ever trawler, stand to gain a bounty of at least €135 million from a series of de(...)

The leather tannery at Chouwara which dates back to the 11th century

Dormouse was not on the menu. Nor flamingo tongue. But when in Morocco, do as the Romans did, and have a picnic. We do just this at the Walila farm. (...)

The Irish flag flies above the GPO on O’Connell Street, in Dublin. The Republic has lost its status as the country that contributes the most to humanity in the latest Good Country Index. File photograph: Cathal McNaughton/Reuters

The Republic has lost its status as the country that contributes the most to humanity. It has been overtaken by our Euro 2016 rivals Sweden as the “(...)

Síofra O’Leary  Judge, European Court of Human Rights Síofra O’Leary is an Irish lawyer who was appointed a judge at the European Court of Hum(...)

 Mary Lawlor, founder and director of Front Line Defenders: “Ireland and the EU must be as strong speaking up for human rights defenders in countries where they have political and strategic interests as they are when it comes to the usual suspects,” she said. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Some 157 human rights activists were killed or died in detention in 25 countries last year, according to the advocacy group Front Line Defenders. T(...)

Mokhtar Belmokhtar: in June authorities in Libya said he had been killed by a US air strike there, but four days later al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb denied  that he was dead. Photograph: Ho/AFP/Getty Images

If Islamist militant group Al-Mourabitoun is confirmed as responsible for Friday’s killings at a hotel in Mali, it will be the latest time it has stag(...)

Ten years ago: a warehouse burning on November 4th, 2005 in Aulnay-sous-Bois on the seventh consecutive night of violence on the ouskirts of Paris. Photograph: Jack Guez/AFP/Getty Images.

Ten years ago today was a school holiday in France, in the Muslim month of Ramadan. Bouna Traoré, aged 15, the child of immigrants from Mauritania, an(...)

Oil explorer Kosmos is withdrawing from three licences in the Porcupine Basin, to the west and southwest of Kerry, where it has shared interests with Europa Oil & Gas and Antrim Energy. File photograph: Bloomberg

US-listed oil and gas explorer, Kosmos, is pulling out of its three joint ventures off the Irish coast, its partners confirmed on Tuesday. Kosmos is w(...)

Malian forces patrol through the northern town of Sevare, Mali. Photograph: STR/EPA

Four people held in a hotel in central Mali after an attack by Islamic extremists have been freed following a stand-off with the army and special forc(...)

Mali’s President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita  reviews troops in Kati, near Bamako, on August 6th, 2015, after visiting soldiers injured in an attack on their camp in northern Mali on August 3rd which left 11 soldiers dead. Photograph: Habibou Kouyate/AFP/Getty Images

Suspected Islamist gunmen were holding as many as 10 hostages on Friday after at least eight people died following an attack on a hotel in central Ma(...)

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