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World Health Organisation director general Margaret Chan and Keiji Fukuda, the assistant director general for health security, address the media after Geneva meeting. Photograph: Pierre Albouy/Reuters

Yesterday’s declaration by the World Health Organisation that the Ebola outbreak in west Africa represents a public health emergency of international (...)

The Ebola epidemic in West Africa has infected more than 1,700 people and killed almost 950 victims. It has now been officially declared out of contro(...)

A Liberian soldier is deployed to restrict the movement of Liberians traveling from Bomi County to the capital Monrovia as a measure to try to curb the spread of the deadly Ebola virus. Photograph: Ahmed Jallanzo/EPA

The Obama administration is forming a special Ebola working group to consider setting policy for the potential use of experimental drugs to help the h(...)

Members of the Lord Edward’s Own historical re-enactment group at Kilcoole’s heritage weekend marking the north Wicklow village’s role in the Irish Volunteer gun-running 100 years ago. Photograph: Peter Murtagh

Reconciliation, diversity and reflective consideration of Ireland’s chequered modern history dominated sentiment in the Wicklow village of Kilcoole as(...)

Muslims living in Boda, 140km from Bangui. Most Muslims have fled the south of the country, creating a de facto partition. Photograph:Thierry Bresillon/Getty Images

Central African Republic’s mainly Muslim Seleka rebels have signed a ceasefire with the “anti-balaka” Christian militia, after dropping their demand f(...)

Of the 18,435 applicants who took the first stage of tests this year, only 418 said they were from an ethnic minority background. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

There has been a steep decline in the number of applicants from ethnic minority backgrounds to the Garda, statistics from the most recent recruitment(...)

Geoffrey Holderi in the 1973 James Bond movie Live and Let Die, which brought some of the wilder cliches of voodoo to the moviegoing public

Ireland’s largest private collection of African tribal art was among the diverse lots in this week’s two-day Summer Fine & Decorative Art Sale (...)

Mary Robinson: Her latest UN mandate will run until the crucial Paris climate summit in December next year, at which a comprehensive agreement on how to tackle global warming is expected to be reached. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Former president Mary Robinson is to become UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon’s special envoy for climate change, it was announced yesterday.She is to (...)

Uganda People’s Defence Forces soldiers participate in a security patrol after unidentified gunmen attacked Bundibugyo town in Western Uganda. Photograph: Reuters

Gunmen killed 17 people when they attacked three police stations and a military barracks in western Uganda, in an area that was once the scene of an i(...)

International campaigns which suggest that purchase of cell phones contributes to child exploitation and sexual violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) are “false and misleading”, a leading Amnesty International expert has said.

International campaigns which suggest that purchase of cell phones contributes to child exploitation and sexual violence in the Democratic Republic of(...)

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