Iraqi  forces   on the eastern outskirts of Ramadi: The recapture of the area from Islamic State secures a link between the city  and  an  army base operated by US-led coalition forces. Photograph:  Stringer/Reuters

Iraqi forces recaptured territory east of Ramadi from Islamic State militants on Tuesday, linking the Anbar provincial capital to a major army base ne(...)

Muntadher Tareef (centre) and Hosham Hassen (right), who want to return to Iraq after about five months in Finland, at a travel agent in Helsinki. Many Iraqis who migrated for economic reasons, or out of curiosity about Europe, are now returning to their homeland. Photograph: Ilvy Njiokiktjien/The New York Times

Night after night, Mohammed al-Jabiry tossed and turned in his bed at a refugee centre in Finland, comparing life in Europe with life in Baghdad. Aft(...)

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange fears Sweden will extradite him to the United States, where he could be put on trial over WikiLeaks’ publication of classified military documents. Photograph: John Stillwell/Reuters

A United Nations working group is believed to have decided that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is being unlawfully detained. Mr Assange has been l(...)

The latest round of Syria peace talks are planned to begin on Monday in Geneva but were at risk of being delayed partly because of a dispute over who will comprise the opposition delegation. Photograph: Ozan Koseozan/AFP/Getty Images

US vice president Joe Biden said on Saturday that the United States and Turkey were prepared for a military solution against Islamic State in Syria sh(...)

Frances Fitzgerald and Simon Harris at the Fine Gael Ardfheis at Citywest Hotel, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Fianna Fáil leader Micheal Martin is more familiar with “abdication” than “coronation”, Minister of State Simon Harris has told the Fine Gael Ardfheis(...)

St Elijah’s Monastery, one of the earliest Christian settlements, and the oldest in Iraq, near Mosul, in 2009. Isis has damaged or destroyed scores of historic sites and monuments as part of a campaign to eradicate remnants of cultures it considers anathema to its extremist vision of Islam. Photograph: Eros Hoagland/New York Times

Islamic State destroyed one of the oldest Christian sites in Iraq as part of its campaign against ancient sites in the country, according to satellite(...)

The City Reptrak index for 2015 saw Dublin rise five places from last year, with a score of 72.68 out of 100. Photograph: David Sleator

Dublin has risen five places to 22nd in a list of cities that have the best and worst reputations. According to the City Reptrak index for 2015, Sy(...)

Canon Andrew White, the “Vicar of Baghdad” at  the Conrad Hotel, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

He is known as “the Vicar of Baghdad”. He used to work with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in the UK and has survived “lots”of attempts on his own l(...)

Iraqi forces secure an area in Ramadi, the capital of Iraq’s Anbar province, on January 10th, 2016, after retaking the city from Islamic State  group jihadists. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Gunmen detonated suicide vests inside a shopping complex in Baghdad on Monday and a car bomb exploded nearby in an attack claimed by Islamic State tha(...)

Iraqi forces secure an area near the Grand Mosque in central Ramadi, the capital of Iraq’s Anbar province, on Friday, 2016, after retaking the city from Islamic State. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

As his armoured vehicle bounced along a dirt track carved through the ruins of this recently reconquered city on Wednesday, Gen Ali Jameel, an Iraqi c(...)