Thousands of overseas visitors who had bought tickets to see Garth Brooks have been arriving into Dublin Airport today.  Photograph: Mario Anzuoni/Reuters

The money for more than three-quarters of the tickets for the cancelled Garth Brooks concerts in Croke Park has been refunded, Ticketmaster has said. (...)

The  broken window of a damaged Afghan National Army bus at the site of a Taliban suicide bomb attack in Enjil district of Herat in Afghanistan earlier this month. Taliban militants targeted two buses in the mountainous province of Ghor overnight, killing at least 14 people. Photograph: Jalil Rezayee/EPA

Taliban insurgents intercepted two minibuses travelling through central Afghanistan and killed at least 14 passengers overnight, officials said today.(...)

German chancellorAngela Merkel can make daring leaps if they are politically opportune. Photograph: Axel Schmidt/Reuters

German chancellor Angela Merkel spent the weekend packing for her summer holidays: walking shoes, sun cream and encrypted mobile phone. Distrac(...)

Eleven militants were killed when a US drone fired several missiles at a sprawling compound in  Datta Khel (red marker on map) in Pakistan’s north-western tribal region. Image: Google Maps.

Eleven militants were killed when a US drone fired several missiles at a sprawling compound in Pakistan’s north-western tribal region bordering Afghan(...)

A member of the Afghan security force looks into a car which was destroyed  in a bomb attack in the eastern city of Jalalabad. Photograph: Parwiz/Reuters

Eight civilians including five women were killed when a roadside bomb blew up their vehicle in southern Afghanistan, local officials said today.The U(...)

Secretary of State John Kerry greets Afghanistan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah at the American embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan, yesterday. Photograph: Jim Bourg/Pool via The New York Times

US secretary of state John Kerry began a series of meetings in Kabul yesterday in the hopes of finding a way out of a presidential election crisis tha(...)

Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah has told thousands of supporters he plans to declare victory as he claimed massive fraud was responsible for preliminary results putting his rival ahead. Photograph: Omar Sobhani/Reuters.

Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah has told thousands of supporters he plans to declare victory as he claimed massive fraud was responsib(...)

An Afghan policeman looks at a fire at the site of burning fuel trucks after an overnight attack by the Taliban on the outskirts of Kabul. Photograph: Mohammad Ismail/Reuters

Taliban insurgents set fire today to about 200 oil tanker trucks supplying fuel for Nato forces in an attack just outside the Afghan capital Kabul, p(...)

People involved in the British armed forces off to see Queen Elizabeth. “We are going because she is our patron. We’re not a unionist throw-off from the Republic.”  Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Pat Murray took the seven o’clock train from Cork to Dublin and now we were on the bus north to Coleraine. It is suggested that this is going to be(...)

In the 15 years since a global treaty prohibiting land mines took effect, the use and production of these weapons has nearly stopped, new casualties have plummeted, and more than two dozen countries once contaminated by land mines buried since old wars have removed them, said the report by the group, the International Campaign to Ban Landmines. Photograph: Luc Forsyth/Getty Images

Despite the conflicts in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan, the armed uprising in Ukraine and turmoil in other hot spots in the Middle East and Africa, one (...)