A refugee camp for Yazidis near the town of Zakho, Iraq. The United Nations refugee agency today said it was launching a major aid operation to get supplies to more than half a million people displaced by fighting in northern Iraq. Photograph: EPA.

Iraqi forces launched an offensive today to drive Islamic State fighters out of Tikrit, home town of executed dictator Saddam Hussein, while the milit(...)

Israel’s defence minister Ehud Barak (3rd L) stands in front of an Iron Dome anti-missile battery in Tel Aviv. The defence system was today used to intercept a rocket fired at the city of Eilat.  Photograph: Daniel Bar-On/Reuters.

Israel intercepted a rocket over its southern resort city of Eilat early today, blowing it up in mid air near its border with Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula(...)

Theo Cullinane: “All construction is local. Why would I bring up a fellow from Kerry to plaster a house in Donegal?” Photograph: Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

He probably wouldn’t admit it, but Theo Cullinane looks close to mastering the art of being in at least two places at once. The Corkman is chief execu(...)