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Paramedics push a man with coronavirus symptoms inside an ambulance in the north of Pretoria, South Africa. Photograph:  Phill Magakoe/AFP via Getty Images

A growing coronavirus second wave is threatening to overwhelm fragile healthcare systems across Africa after months of relatively mild impact across t(...)

A silverback mountain gorilla in  Virunga National Park. Photograph:  Thierry Falise/LightRocket via Getty Images

At least six rangers have been ambushed and killed in the Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo, park officials said, part of a wa(...)

The 157 babies due to be born in Ireland on January 1st will have an average life expectancy of 105.6 years based on data from last year’s United Nations World Population Prospects which tracks worldwide population growth and ageing. Photograph: iStock

Irish babies born on January 1st, 2021 are expected to live to 105 years of age, according to Unicef estimates published this morning. The 157 babies(...)

 A girl reacts as she waits to get a school bag provided by a local aid group, Mona Relief Yemen, at a public school in Sana’a, Yemen. Mona Relief Yemen has distributed school bags to encourage girls to keep attending classes as the number of out-of-school children is estimated at more than two million. Photograph: EPA/YAHYA ARHAB

Yemen is the country most at risk of humanitarian catastrophe in the coming year, according to a report by the International Rescue Committee (IRC). (...)

Esdras Irabizi: He got to line out in two county finals for the club recently. How did he get on? “Ah, not too bad. We were up against tough teams and lost both unfortunately.” Photograph: Patrick Browne

Micheál Ó Muircheartaigh’s old line about Seán Óg Ó hAilpín’s parentage is a favourite of hurling fans. It still holds true too. Whether coming from (...)

Syrian children in the south of Idlib prvoince at a camp for the displaced near the border with Turkey last year.  Ireland allocated more than  than €25m  to the Syria crisis in 2019. File photograph: Aaref Watad/AFP via Getty Images

State spending on overseas development aid rose by nearly 10 per cent in 2019 with the Government set to increase spending by an additional €21 mil(...)

Irish soldiers board a plane to leave Baldonnell airport for Congo as part of a UN peacekeeping mission on July 28th, 1960

Medals for gallantry for nine Irish soldiers killed in the Niemba ambush 60 years ago were not awarded because it might look like a “hand-out”. This (...)

Afghan families receive food aid distributed by the World Food Programme (WFP) in Herat, Afghanistan, last December. Photograph:  Jalil Rezayee/EPA

The relationship between hunger and war is a self-reinforcing and vicious cycle – while war and conflict may plunge civilians caught up by them into f(...)

The donations, the alliance says, will go towards food, water and medical care, as well as providing soap, masks and “vital information” to prevent the spread of the virus. Photograph: iStock

Six of Ireland’s leading international charities have formed a new alliance to respond to the coronavirus pandemic and assist some of the most vulnera(...)

Congolese refugee Riziki Kwabo, 36, says it’s been hard taking care of five young children who are all out of school. Now, they also risk eviction. Photograph: Sally Hayden

Past bumpy dirt roads packed with hustling traders and election posters, down a side street in the Kampala neighbourhood of Kibuye, is an area refugee(...)

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