Turkey’s President Tayyip Erdogan (left) heads a security meeting as he is flanked by Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu (2nd left) and top military and government officials at the Presidential Palace in Ankara this week. Photograph: Kayhan Ozer/Handout via Reuters

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu has confirmed that 49 hostages seized by Islamic State militants in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul in June ha(...)

This document brings our countries to a new stage of integration, says Russia’s president Vladimir Putin. Photograph:  Sergei Karpukhin/Reuters

Russian president Vladimir Putin signed a treaty with Kazakhstan and Belarus yesterday creating a vast trading bloc which he hopes will challenge the (...)

Philip Lavery leads Matt Brammeier. Both riders will miss the Rás which begins on Sunday.

National road race champion Matt Brammeier and the rider who finished second to him in last year’s championships, Philip Lavery, have both been forced(...)

Conchita Wurst is making a special appearance at The George on Friday June 27th. Photograph: Ragnar Singsaas/Getty Images

Thursday night’s relegation was a big disappointment, and we salute Kasey Smith and Can-Linn for a valiant effort. But Ireland lost its Eurovision moj(...)

 Anastasia and Maria Tolmachevy of the Tolmachevy Sisters from Russia perform on stage during the first semi final of the Eurovision Song Contest in Copenhagen, Denmark. Photograph:  Ragnar Singsaas/Getty Images

Global tensions found their way into Eurovision Song Contest last night: the announcement that Russia had qualified for Saturday night’s final was met(...)

Railway Union produced Ireland’s first win in the top tier of European women’s club hockey as they saw off Azerbaijan side Atasport 5-2 in thei(...)

Geraldine Kennedy, former editor of The Irish Times, who was presented with the Mary Cummins Award at the Women in Media event in Ballybunion, Co Kerry. Photograph: Valerie O’Sullivan

Gender quotas were needed to “kick-start” the proper involvement of women in public life, a media conference in (...)

Participants in the Nowruz festival at  St Stephen’s Green in Dublin today. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire 2:05

It was a riot of colour going beyond the awakenings of spring in St Stephen’s Green today as a local celebration of the Middle Eastern and Cen(...)

Outside the Shayba Arena, a volunteer at the Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, comes up with a novel way of enjoying the sun, which can push midday temperatures up to 19 degrees.

Outside the Shayba Arena, a couple of volunteers have hit on an idea. The midday sun has pushed temperatures up to 19 degrees, making their ga(...)

Alex Ferguson was today confirmed as Uefa’s new coaching ambassador. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

The Republic of Ireland will be among the second seeds for Euro 2016 qualifying after Uefa outlined plans for the preliminary competition in Nyon tod(...)