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 Shares in Glencore, the world’s largest producer of cobalt with large operations in the DRC, fell 13 per cent. Photographer: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

US authorities have demanded Glencore, the Swiss-based mining and commodities trading giant, hand over documents about its business in the Democratic (...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar laying a wreath at UN Building in New York to Irish who died on UN peacekeeping missions. Photograph: Kim Haughton

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said there was “no vanity” in Ireland seeking a seat on the United Nations Security Council; the motivation was to protect (...)

A file image of a mountain gorilla holding her baby in the Virunga National Park  in eastern Congo. The Congolese government says it is to open the Virunga and Salonga National Parks to oil drilling. Photograph: Jerome Delay/AP.

Democratic Republic of Congo’s government has decided to open up parts of Virunga and Salonga National Parks, home to mountain gorillas, bonobos and o(...)

US permanent representative to UN Nikki Haley:  called rights body a “protector of human-rights abusers, and a cesspool of political bias”. Photograph: Justin Lane/EPA

A few years ago, I covered a long hearing in the cavernous hall in Geneva where the UN Human Rights Council holds its plenary meetings. Ireland was in(...)

The US name plate one day after the United States announced its withdrawal at the 38th session of the UN Human Rights Council at the UN headquarters in Geneva. Photograph: Martial Trezzini/EPA

The United Nations Human Rights Council is far from perfect. It has inbuilt flaws and needs to be reformed. But it has also been growing more effectiv(...)

Filippo Grandi,  the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees: crises in South Sudan and Congo, and the exodus of Muslim Rohingya, raised forced displacements in 2017 to 68.5 million. Photograph: Mahmud Turkia/AFP/Getty

Nearly 69 million people who had fled war, violence and persecution were forcibly displaced last year, the UN refugee agency said, a record for the fi(...)

The Vatican: The Catholic Church considers that abortion is the worst sin a human can commit, and that terrorism and child sexual abuse are less serious sins.

In 2009, a nine-year-old Brazilian child had to have an emergency abortion when her mother brought her to hospital with stomach pains. The doctors dis(...)

Dan Gertler, Israeli mining investor.  Photograph: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

Glencore said it will restart royalty payments to sanctioned Israeli billionaire Dan Gertler in a bold move likely to test the company’s relations wit(...)

Pope Francis arrives to lead the Wednesday general audience in St Peter’s Square at the Vatican. Photograph: Max Rossi/Reuters

The referendum last Friday confirmed what has been known for some time – that the Catholic Church and Ireland have grown apart. Clearly, many practisi(...)

 A child has  her hands washed as a preventive measure against ebola  in Mbandaka, Democratic Republic of Congo. Photograph:  Reuters/Kenny Katombe

The deadly haemorrhagic virus is back. Dozens of cases of ebola have been reported in the Democratic Republic of Congo since an outbreak began earlier(...)

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