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 Belgian national soccer team captain Vincent Kompany during a training session. Photograph: Diego Azubel/Epa

Vincent Kompany, Belgium’s captain, jumped to head a corner kick during a World Cup qualifying match against Serbia last June. He hoped to land with a(...)

Sitting in the sun on a holiday weekend is a chance to reflect on one of the oddest questions in economic geography: Why are hot countries poor? Photograph: Fabrizio Bensch/Reuters

Sitting in the sun on a holiday weekend is a chance to reflect on one of the oddest questions in economic geography. Why are hot countries poor? If yo(...)

Tyrone GAA player Jim Devlin in action courtesy of Coalisland Post.

“They were wild bad times,” shrugs Patsy Forbes, offering the common refrain as to why Jim Devlin, Tyrone’s lionhearted and crafty full back from the (...)

 Siege of Antwerp, 1914. The Belgian Army retreats from the German Army at the Siege of Antwerp. Photograpgh:  Culture Club/Getty Images

On Tuesday August 4th 1914, the citizens of Belgium read the news that most had been dreading. “Germany violates the neutrality of Belgium . . . Belgi(...)

Rafal Kornatka, who is standing as an independent candidate in the local election in Dublin north inner city,  canvassing in Gardiner Place.    Photograph: Dave Meehan

Rafal Kornatka may be new to Irish politics, but he’s learning the campaign ropes fast. The sales representative from Poland is seeking election in Du(...)

Michelle Mbaya: “You have to learn to live with poverty because in the beginning, it affects you deeply to see people who are crying because their children are sick.”

Donning an over-sized shirt and jeans, sunglasses pushed back on her head, Michelle Mbaya flits between English and French as she translates for the n(...)

Rachel Ries: in her early 20s, she ripped herself away from the ‘very, very conservative’ Mennonite community she grew up in and moved to New York

She loves Clonakilty black pudding, makes her own homemade jam to sell at concerts and, for people who helped to fund her album, hand-stitches (...)

Rwanda remembers

Twenty years ago the genocide that took the lives of up to one million of Rwanda’s 12 million people saw the benighted country reduced to among(...)

Workers from Médecins Sans Frontières prepare isolation and treatment areas in Gueckedou, Guinea. Photograph: AP Photo/Kjell Gunnar Beraas, MSF

Guinea faces an ebola epidemic on an unprecedented scale as it battles to contain confirmed cases now scattered across several locations that a(...)

An image showing the ebola virus. Image: Getty

Guinea has received confirmation that a mysterious disease that has killed up to 59 people in the West African country, and may have spread to (...)

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