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  • News analysis: Rohingya Muslims being wiped off map after generations in Burma

    19 September 2017 09:45

    Rohingya Muslims have called Burma home for generations. Now, in what appears to be a systematic purge, the minority ethnic group is, quite literally, being wiped off the map, writes Robin McDowell of Associated Press. AFTER a series of attacks by Muslim militants last month, security forces and allied mobs retaliated by burning down thousands of Rohingya

  • Halawa acquittal preceded by sustained Irish diplomatic campaign

    19 September 2017 04:34

    Family and Government differed on strategy at times during four-year legal saga In normal circumstances, the outcome of Ibrahim Halawa’s trial would have been a foregone conclusion. Not a single piece of evidence implicating him in any crime was presented at his long trial, after all. But this chaotic and opaque legal saga has been anything but normal

  • 'We all screamed at Ibrahim's not-guilty verdict,' say sisters

    19 September 2017 01:32

    Fatima, Omaima and Somaia Halawa were arrested along with their brother and were also acquitted yesterday. They, as well as their sister Khadija, revealed how they feared Ibrahim could be sentenced to five years' imprisonment. "It's exciting, we weren't expecting the trial to proceed today and to hear this is great, it's amazing news. We're just relieved

  • Halawas ‘overwhelmed, excited, delighted’ by Ibrahim’s acquittal

    18 September 2017 18:02

    Halawa family thanks public for support over four-year ordeal on an emotional day Pandemonium took over in a Dublin sitting room on Monday as Ireland’s happiest family realised that, after a tortuous four-year battle, their son, brother, uncle and in-law Ibrahim Halawa (21) had been acquitted by an Egyptian court. “We were overwhelmed, excited, delighted

  • Latest: Ibrahim Halawa and his family 'vindicated by today’s verdict'

    18 September 2017 16:04

    Update 5pm: Ibrahim Halawa's soolicitor today paid tribute to the "hard work and dedication" of this family during their struggle to have him released from detention in Egypt. The 21-year-old from Firhouse in Dublin was found innocent in a court in Cairo of all charges against him after spending jail for more than four years in prison. Halawa suffered

  • Intensifying Hurricane Maria is a severe threat to the Caribbean and Puerto Rico; Jose to scrape Northeast coast

    18 September 2017 16:02

    The wicked 2017 hurricane season is set to deliver its next two punishing blows from Hurricanes Maria and Jose. In both the Caribbean and along the Atlantic coast of the Northeast United States, conditions are set to deteriorate rapidly through Wednesday as these storms arrive. Of the two storms, however, Maria is the much more serious hurricane. The strengthening

  • Trump urges reform in United Nations debut

    18 September 2017 15:06

    The president also kicked off his maiden speech at the world body by making a reference to the Trump-branded apartment tower across First Avenue from the UN. Nikki Haley, the US ambassador to the UN, said Mr Trump's criticisms were accurate at the time, but that it is now a "new day" at the UN. An organisation that "talked a lot but didn't have a lot of action"

  • 10,000 UK finance jobs affected in Brexit's first wave

    18 September 2017 14:27

    Around 10,000 finance jobs will be shifted out of Britain or created overseas in the next few years if the UK is denied access to Europe's single market. This is according to a Reuters survey of firms employing the bulk of workers in international finance. Frankfurt was by far the most popular destination for the new roles, the survey showed, with Paris

  • Fishing boats and tourists meet at heart of North Korean nuclear crisis

    18 September 2017 14:16

    Poor North Koreans on the Chinese border contrast with leadership’s powerful image Crouched in a crudely welded steel fishing boat, the North Koreans are pulling in crabs from the Yalu river that divides their country from China. They are smiling, but guarded, as the Chinese driver of our river taxi asks them about the day’s catch. Their skin is dark; they are thin and seem a good half a metre

  • Family hope Ibrahim Halawa could be home by the weekend as he is acquitted of all charges in Egypt

    18 September 2017 14:09

    He was arrested along with hundreds of other individuals during peaceful protests against the ousting of former president Mohamed Morsi. The trial process had been beset by more than 30 adjournments but a verdict was finally delivered today. Declan Walsh, Cairo bureau chief of the New York Times, said: "Irish citizen Ibrahim Halawa and his three sisters