The Department of Justice annual report shows 2,147 migrants were refused access to the Republic before being returned to their states of origin. A further 111 “failed asylum seekers” and illegal immigrants were deported. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

More than 2,300 people were deported from Ireland in 2014 and there was a 53 per cent increase in asylum applications to the State during the year, a(...)

A man (C) and his daughter (2nd L), both rescued from the Norman Atlantic ferry, disembark from a Greek Airforce C-130 military cargo aircraft at the Elefsina military airport near Athens on December 29th, 2014. Photograph: Yannis Kolesidis/Pool/Reuters

Two Albanian seamen were killed during an operation to salvage a multideck car ferry that caught fire off Greece’s Adriatic Coast when a cable connect(...)

Numbers taking part in papal events at the Vatican have almost trebled since the election of Pope Francis in March 2013. Photograph: EPA

Numbers taking part in papal events at the Vatican have almost trebled since the election of Pope Francis in March 2013. Figures for 2014, the first f(...)

First scientific estimate of modern slavery in UK puts victim numbers between 10,000 and 13,000. Photograph: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire/File photo

Up to 13,000 people in Britain are being held in conditions of slavery, four times the number previously thought, the Home Office has said.The number (...)

Syrian refugees protest outside of the Greek parliament in Athens. Photograph: Milos Bicanski/Getty Images

From the top of Syntagma Square in Athens, it looks like the typical Sunday morning routine as the ceremonial changing of Greece’s presidential gua(...)

Serbian prime minister Aleksandar Vucic (right) and his Albanian counterpart Edi Rama at a news conference after their meeting in Belgrade yesterday. Photograph: Reuters/Marko Djurica

Billed as a new chapter in Balkan history, the first visit by an Albanian leader to Serbia in 68 years descended yesterday into a public row between p(...)

Serbian and Albanian players clash during the Euro 2016 Group I qualifying match in Belgrade. Photograph: Koca Sulejmanovic/EPA

Serbia have been awarded a 3-0 victory over Albania following their postponed Euro 2016 qualifier but they have also been deducted three points and or(...)

Albanian fans wait for Albania’s national soccer players to arrive, after the Euro 2016 Group I qualifying soccer match between Serbia and Albania, at Mother Teresa airport near Tirana. Photograph: Arben Celi/Reuters

Serbia and Albania are facing stiff sanctions after Uefa charged the countries with a number of offences following the abandoned Euro 2016 qualifier i(...)

Pope Francis waves this morning as he arrives in Tirana for his one-day pastoral visit to Albania. Photograph: Alessandro Bianchi/Reuters

Pope Francis has explained in Tirana why he chose Albania for the first European visit of his pontificate. In a homily in Tirana’s central Mother Tere(...)


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Photographs of Albanian priests killed during the former Communist regime hang in the main boulevard of Tirana, Albania, yesterday, ahead of a one-day visit to Albania by  Pope Francis tomorrow. Photograph: Armando Babani/EPA

Sitting at the fashionable Taiwan Bar in front of his three mobile phones and his iPod, 16-year-old Toni looks like a lot of his contemporaries in the(...)