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Quiz: Do you know these historical names for modern-day countries?
Mesopotamia? Hibernia? Gaul?
Saudi Arabia's leader meets Trump and others for first time since journalist's killing
The summit marks a quick return to the international stage for Prince Mohammed after the kingdom came under fire for the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
Greece's maverick ex-minister Varoufakis launches new political party
The former Finance Minister says the party “will not mince our words”.
Chaos and outrage: The twists and turns of Trump's travel ban
Yesterday, the Supreme Court partially reinstated the ban.
It ain't over yet - Trump has taken his travel ban all the way to the US Supreme Court
It’s unlikely however that the court will hear Trump’s case during its current term.
Photos: Meet some of Ireland's newest citizens
Over 3,000 people from over 120 countries attended the citizenship ceremonies.
Trump travel ban was halted because it would cause "irreparable injury" if it went ahead
A federal court in Hawaii halted the revised executive order yesterday.
One-third of Irish children miss out on housing, heating and good meals
This data comes as part of a Unicef study into material deprivation across OECD countries.
More than 1,200 Europeans who flew out to join Islamic extremists have returned home
Many have been jailed, but others have returned to normal society.
Why can Germany close its borders and what does it mean for the EU?
Germany, Austria, Slovakia and Poland have opted to introduce temporary border controls.
Irish teen's award-winning painting to go on show in Milan
20 million visitors are expected at the event.
Ireland is the third easiest country in the world to do business - but who beat us?
Ireland is great for many things, but it’s apparently also one of the easiest places in the world to do business.
Here are the countries where Ebola is most likely to show up next
Researchers calculated which countries are most at risk for imported cases of Ebola.
Sweden to recognise a new Palestinian state
It has not been confirmed if parliamentary approval is needed.
Why have there been no prosecutions for female genital mutilation in Ireland?
FGM was outlawed in Ireland two years ago, but no one has been convicted under the new law yet.
Think e-cigarettes are harmful? 37% of Irish people believe they are
About 29.3 million adults across the 27 countries have tried e-cigarettes.
Torture is a 'global crisis' - but more than a third of people think it can be justified
Amnesty International launches its global anti-torture campaign today.
Ireland handed over 157 people on European arrest warrants in 2013
Ireland issued 69 warrants during 2013 and 40 Irish issued warrants resulted in surrenders.
At least seven killed during fresh wave of violence in Kiev
The incident has been condemned by the USA, EU and NATO.
Here are the 10 hungriest countries in the world
Today is World Hunger Day, and this year’s theme centres on food security and nutrition.
Global Hunger Index falls 34 per cent since 1990
Nineteen countries have been identified as suffering from alarming levels of hunger.
18 countries that are #1 in an unexpected way
Who are the tallest nation? Who sends you all that spam? Who grows the most potatoes?!
Column: Could Brazil's protests spread?
Could the demonstrations in South America’s largest country spread across the continent just like with the Arab Spring, asks Fergal Browne – who says Argentina and Brazil are not all that different.
Ireland a "rising star" for scientific research
The Nature Publishing Index 2012 has said that Ireland is one of the countries to watch for in the world of scientific research excellence.
Column: Our changing relationship with Africa is strong and enduring
Yes, Africa faces huge challenges, but it is also making remarkable progress and Ireland played its part in that, writes TD Joe Costello.
How the best countries in the world have changed since 1988
Ireland isn’t doing too badly, according to the Economist Intelligence Unit…
Ban Ki-Moon: Rich countries 'to blame' for climate change
The UN Secretary-General said that it was only fair that the developed world should bear most of the responsibility in fighting global warming.
Check out 10 Of Europe's oddest micronations
Hippy communes, renovated war forts and socialist islands – Europe has them all…
Landmark climate change deal agreed in Durban
Delegates reached a hard-fought agreement early this morning on a new deal to fight climate change.
What challenges face the new ECB chief?
Mario Draghi has officially taken over from Jean-Claude Trichet as head of the European Central Bank. So what can he expect in his new role?
Seven billionth baby welcomed to the world
The world’s population is expected to reach 7 billion today – and the births of new babies is being celebrated worldwide. But some remind us that not all births are registered.