Deserted streets and damaged buildings in the central Syrian town of Talbisseh in the Homs province after Russia confirmed that it carried out its first air strike in Syria. Photograph: Mahmoud Taha/AFP/Getty Images 1:29

The White House warned Russia that its military actions in Syria risk prolonging the four-year-old conflict in the country as the US and Russian milit(...)

Vladimir Putin speaks during a meeting of the presidential council for Civil Society and Human Rights at the Kremlin in Moscow on October 1st, 2015. Photograph: Yuri Kochetkov/AFP/Getty Images 1:23

Russian air strikes in Syria are targeting a list of well-known militant organisations, not only Islamic State, the Kremlin said on Thursday. M(...)

Terry McCarthy’s 27-year career  began on the front lines in Nicaragua and El Salvador.

In the mid-1980s, when Terry McCarthy graduated from UCD and started out at the Irish Press, Ireland’s unemployment rate was in double digits and a pe(...)

Russian president Vladimir Putin: won approval from Russian parliament to send troops into combat overseas. Photograph: Alexei Nikolsky/Ria Novosti/AP

Russia has launched air strikes in Syria in a risky move that could complicate US-led efforts to halt the advance of Islamic State in the Middle East(...)

US secretary of defence Ashton Carter criticising Russian airstrikes in Syria during a press briefing at the Pentagon in Washington, DC, September 30th, 2015. Photograph: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images 1:29

Russia launched air strikes in Syria on Wednesday in the Kremlin’s biggest Middle East intervention in decades, but Moscow’s assertion that it had hi(...)

Camouflaged Iranian  soldiers march during the annual military parade marking the begging of the 1980 war with Iraq, in Tehran, Iran, 22 September 2015. Iran is marking the start of the eight-year-long war with Iraq. Photograph: Abedin Taherkenareh/EPA

The Iraqi military has announced that it had agreed to share intelligence about the Islamic State with Russia, the Syrian government and Iran, an agre(...)

 A youth carries a young boy in a makeshift sling as they walk towards waiting buses at the Hungarian border with Serbia. Photograph: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images

Now he was finally in Austria, Ahman Urabi realised how close he had been to doing something that would have left him penniless, and could have been d(...)

Abdullah Kurdi, father of late Syrian toddler Aylan Kurdi,  who drowned off the coast of Turkey. Mr  Kurdi is pictured standing in front of his neighbour’s house in Kobane, Syria, on September 6th, 2015.  His family was buried in the war-torn city on September 4th. Photograph: Yasin Akgul/AFP/Getty Images

The father of drowned Syrian toddler Aylan Kurdi was working with smugglers and driving the flimsy boat that capsized trying to reach Greece, other pa(...)

A migrant child from Iraq  after crossing the border from Hungary to Austria, in Nickelsdorf. Photograph: Leonhard Foeger/Reuters

Under the European Commission plan announced by Jean-Claude Juncker on Wednesday, refugees from Syria, Iraq and Eritrea qualify for relocation. Syr(...)

An Iraqi migrant woman and her son wait for a bus to take them to the train station after disembarking at the port of Piraeus near Athens  on September 1st. Photograph:  Win McNamee/Getty Images

Having sold his car for $4,600, and then some of his wife’s jewellery, and having loaded his smartphone with photographs of his five children, all tha(...)