The mother (right) of Lebanese soldier Ali Ahmed Hammadi al-Kharrat, who was killed by a bomb near the border town of Arsal, mourns with relatives at his coffin during his funeral in Sidon. Photograph: Ali Hashisho/Reuters

Fortified checkpoints manned by bored Lebanese soldiers surround the south Beirut suburbs known as the Dahiyeh, a stronghold of the Shia Hizbullah mov(...)

The stench of raw sewage mixed with the perfume of spent aircraft fuel and the salty scent of the Mediterranean greets visitors leaving Lebanon’s inte(...)

Actor and  United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees special envoy Angelina Jolie listens to Maltese military officers discussing rescue at sea operations for refugees at a military base in Valetta, Malta. Photograph: EPA/Pete Muller

About 500 migrants drowned after the boat carrying them from Egypt to Malta was apparently deliberately sunk by people-traffickers, an international m(...)

Mario Balotelli: “I think he now feels that it is time to show the type of player he is.” Photograph: John Walton/PA wire.

Brendan Rodgers has no reservations over handing Mario Balotelli an immediate debut at Tottenham Hotspur, insisting the £16 million (€12 million) stri(...)

Smoke fills the sky over Tripoli after fighting between rival militias on Saturday. Photograph: EPA

Unidentified war planes attacked targets in Libya’s capital Tripoli this morning, residents said, hours after forces from the city of Misrata said the(...)

Smoke fills the sky over Tripoli after fighting between rival militias. Photograph: EPA/STR

Libya lurched closer to fragmentation and civil war at the weekend after Islamist-led militias seized the airport in the capital, proclaimed their own(...)

A file image of migrants sitting on a boat during a rescue operation by the Italian navy some 60km off the coast of Libya earlier this month. Photograph: Marina Militare/Handout via Reuters

More than 250 migrants may have died when a boat sank a kilometre (half a mile) off the Libyan coast, a coastguard official said today.“We believe the(...)

 St Kilda, a beachside area in  Melbourne, Australia, which, for the fourth year in a row remains the most liveable location of  140 cities surveyed by the Economist Intelligence Unit.  Photograph:  Tourism Victoria

Dublin may struggle to make it into the top 50 most liveable cities on the planet, but it is apparently still a more desirable place to call home th(...)

Stop or my mammy will shoot: Baz Ashmawy and his mother, Nancy (71)

Four years doesn’t sound like a significant stretch, and yet, through the topsy-turvy kaleidoscope of showbiz, it can amount to several lifetimes. (...)

Factions that led the uprising in Libya in 2011 are now engaged in fierce fighting.  Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

A crisis team has been established by the Department of Foreign Affairs to liaise with Irish citizens living in Libya as the security situation in th(...)