Sint Maarten in the Caribbean, Lesotho and Kazakhstan, are among the countries where Irish people chose to marry last year.

The small Caribbean island of Sint Maarten, the landlocked African country of Lesotho and the former Soviet republic Kazakhstan, are just some of the(...)

A boy holds a sign reading “The palace wants war, people want peace”’ during a demonstration in Istanbul on Sunday demanding an end to Turkish military air strikes against Kurdish targets. Photograph: Ozan Kose/AFP/Getty Images

The Turkish military have ratcheted up pressure on Kurdish militants with a fresh round of air strikes in the southeast of the country as the insurgen(...)

Nagorno-Karabakh’s “big wedding” in October 2008, when 674 couples married as part of the unrecognised statelet’s nation-building strategy. Photograph: Courtesy of Gayaneh Girgoryan

As weddings go, Gayaneh and Avanes Grigoryan’s day out in 2008 was far more than a celebration of a union. Not because when they said “I do”, 673 othe(...)

Nagorno-Karabakh’s airport: despite a €18 million upgrade, it remains unused. Photograph: Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images

The blue-and-white bird-like structure of Nagorno-Karabakh’s airport perches in the Caucasus Mountains like a shining, defiant emblem of national prid(...)

Armenian demonstrators dance on a street during a protest against an increase of electricity prices in Yerevan. Photograph: Karen Minasyan/AFP/Getty Images

Thousands of demonstrators in Yerevan, the capital of Armenia, faced down riot police yesterday as popular protests against a steep rise in electrici(...)

Genocide: a murdered Armenian lies in a ditch as a child watches over his corpse. Photograph: Armin Wegner/Armenian National Institute

On April 24th, 2015, Armenian communities around the globe gathered to solemnly mark a grim centenary. On that day 100 years ago, the Young Turk le(...)

In Armenia’s Caucasus Wildlife Reserve, warden Gor Hovhannisyan and guide Vahagn Vardumyan check a camera trap. Photograph: Daniel McLaughlin

High on an Armenian hillside, Gor Hovhannisyan eases a camouflage-green box from its hiding place in the trees and opens the back to see what he has c(...)

European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker (left), Ukraine’s president Petro Poroshenko and Latvia prime minister Laimdota Straujuma before the Eastern Partnership summit session in Riga, Latvia, on Friday. Photograph: Reuters/Ints Kalnins

The spiral domes alongside the art nouveau architecture of Latvia’s capital city are testimony to the complex cultural heritage of this eastern corner(...)

Latvian president Andris Berzins welcomes German chancellor Angela Merkel at the House of the Blackhead in Riga  at the start of the EU Eastern Partnership Summit. Photograph: Alain Jocardalain/AFP/Getty Images

German chancellor Angela Merkel has attempted to ease Russian concerns ahead of the Riga summit, stressing that the EU’s eastern partnership policy (...)

The idea of a specific EU neighbourhood policy to deal with countries to its east began to gain ground in 2007 and 2008, supported by countries such as Poland and Sweden. Photograph: Getty Images

Eighteen months after the last Eastern Partnership summit in Vilnius, EU leaders gather in Riga today for a two-day summit on the EU’s relationship wi(...)