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The Government jet, at Casement Aerodrome, Baldonnel. The Government declined to send the jet to the DRC due to concerns about its range. File photograph: Alan Betson

The Defence Forces has ordered officers to prepare to deploy to a troubled region of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) at short notice, raising f(...)

File photograph of  Defence Force personnel training before deployment on UN duty. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Every European Union country except Ireland has evacuated peacekeepers from Goma in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) as the security situation i(...)

The Defence Forces has requested permission to deploy the Government jet, which is operated by the Air Corps and is the only aircraft in the corps’ fleet capable of making the journey. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

The Government is making plans to rent an aircraft to evacuate Irish army officers from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) amid growing fears for (...)

Residents in Antanarivo, Madagascar, are given bottles of an untested herbal mixture said to prevent and cure Covid-19. Photograph: Alexander Joe

Madagascar’s “cure” for coronavirus is now being distributed across Africa, despite the World Health Organisation repeatedly saying there is no proof (...)

Nazi governor Otto von Wächter with his wife Charlotte, daughter Traute and son Horst at Zell-am-See train station, Salzburg, Austria, in 1944. Photograph: courtesy of Horst Wächter

Philippe Sands may have met more war criminals than anyone else in the world. “I’ve sat with mass murderers who are totally regular decent folk when y(...)

Remdesivir emerged from a collaboration to find antiviral drugs during the west African Ebola epidemic of 2013-16 that involved Gilead, the US Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Of all the drugs being tested to fight the new coronavirus, people have invested most hope in remdesivir. A leaked report on Thursday night of positiv(...)

Lieut Gen James Parker, DSM,   retired chief of staff of the Defence Forces who served from 1989-1992. Photograph : Bill Power

Former chief of staff of the Defence Forces, retired Lieut Gen James Parker, has died as a result of Covid-19. Lieut Gen Parker, who was 91, had bee(...)

Irish Army Ranger wing on patrol.

The UN has suspended the rotation home of more than 400 Irish peacekeepers deployed in Lebanon and Mali in a bid to stem the spread of coronavirus. H(...)

A man from the Democratic Republic of Congo has lost his Supreme Court appeal over a decision he has no legal right to remain in Ireland. His partne(...)

 Virunga National Park, home to about a third of the world’s mountain gorillas, has barred visitors until June 1st over fears of Covid-19 infection. Photograph: Jerome Delay

Both Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo have banned tourists from viewing endangered mountain gorillas due to the risk of the primates be(...)

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