People in costume celebrate carnival in Cologne on Thursday. The city is spending close to €500,000 on police, paramedics and new equipment after the sexual assults suffered by women on New Year’s Eve. Photograph: Maja Hitij/EPA

Cologne’s women have donned their costumes and put on their face paint for the annual four-day carnival festivities on the Rhine, but their celebrator(...)

“It’s new that weapons of war are being used”:  the recovered M52 hand grenade  which had been thrown into a migrant home in Villingen-Schwenningen, Germany. Photograph: Thomas Niedermueller/Getty Images

Migration tensions have escalated further in Germany after a hand grenade was lobbed into an asylum home in a small Black Forest town early Friday mo(...)

Petroceltic chief executive, Brian O’Cathain Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The consortium of lenders to which Petroceltic International owes more than $200 million (€185m) has given it a further week-long waiver on its repaym(...)

US Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter and US ambassador to France Jane Hartley, pay tribute to the victims of November 13th terror attacks in Paris, at the Place de la Republique. Photograph: Jacques Demarthon/AFP/Getty Images

The French writer and statesman André Malraux allegedly predicted that “the 21st century will be a century of religion or it will not be at all.” Th(...)

Women and children migrants in the Serbian village of Miratovac after crossing the Macedonian border.  Photograph: Armend Nimani/AFP/Getty Images

Lamine Buasida placed his sodden shoes in the weak winter sunshine, peeled off his soaking socks and gingerly rubbed his painful feet. Their soles wer(...)

Seven children among dead after boat apparently capsizes. Photograph: Reuters

In a stark reminder of the depth of Europe’s migrant crisis the bodies of 34 people, seven of them children, washed up on Turkey’s Aegean coast yester(...)

Dr Ali Selim of the Islamic Cultural Centre in Clonskeagh and a member of the board: he said it was  planned to discuss candidates who might “serve the best interests of Muslims”. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/ The Irish Times

Muslims in Dublin have formed a new group to encourage the community to become more politically active and to ensure greater engagement with politicia(...)

When Tinariwen arrived at the Bouffes du Nord venue in Paris last December on the final date of their Emmaar album tour, they were a band who’d se(...)

Nacer Benloulou was extradited  to Ireland from France, where he had lived since 1984, on a charge of having been illegally resident in Ireland at some previous time. He was acquitted of all charges, released from prison, found himself homeless and unable to get the papers he needed to return to France, the High Court heard. File photograph: Collins Courts

An Algerian man who found himself in Ireland in what a judge described as a predicament similar to the central character in the film The Terminal has (...)

Algerian migrants in a bus after they were arrested by French police during a brutal police crackdown on October 17th 1961. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images/Archives

At the opening session of the talks which led to the latest Stormont House Agreement, Northern Secretary Theresa Villiers called for “a fresh approach(...)