Islamic State militants targeted the Temple of Bel, a Roman-era structure in the central desert city of Palmyra. Photograph: Sandra Auger/Reuters

After a day of conflicting reports about the extent of damage that Islamic State militants had inflicted on the Temple of Bel in the ancient city of P(...)

The  LÉ Niamh rescuing 225 people off the coast of Libya on Saturday night. Photograph: Defence Forces

The LÉ Niamh rescued 225 people from two inflatable vessels on Saturday night, 112km north east of Tripoli. At 7.40pm, the Irish naval vessel was ask(...)

 A handout image from the  Italian navy of  August 22nd, 2015, of a vessel  crowded with refugees being picked up off the Italian coast in the Strait of Sicily. Photograph: Italian navy/EPA

The Italian navy rescued a total of 1,700 migrants aboard five boats in the Mediterranean on Saturday after receiving requests for help from nearly tw(...)

The aftermath of a truck bomb explosion,  claimed by Islamic State, in  Baghdad’s northern Shiite district of Sadr City on August 13th, 2015. Photograph: AHMAD AL-RUBAYE/AFP/Getty Images

Despite the fact the so-called Islamic State has resulted in a new wave of global radicalisation and has also precipitated population displacement on (...)

Migrant women carrying children comfort each other upon reaching the Greek island of Kos after crossing a part of the Aegean Sea between Turkey and Greece. Photograph: Angelor Tzortzinis/AFP/Getty Images

Greek police registration officers working around the clock have reduced the numbers of Syrian refugees stuck in miserable conditions on the holiday i(...)

A challenge for Europe

It took the deaths of 800 refugees in a single incident in the Mediterranean, last April, to spur European leaders into action. But while they promise(...)

An Islamic manuscript which has been identified as one of the world’s oldest fragments of the Koran on show at the University of Birmingham. Photograph:  Joe Giddens/PA Wire 1:06

A British university said on Wednesday that fragments of a Koran manuscript found in its library were from one of the oldest surviving copies of the I(...)

US flag flies alongside a sign in honor of the four Marines killed in Chattanooga, Tennessee on Thursday. Photograph: Reuters

The suspect in the fatal shootings of four US Marines traveled to Jordan and possibly other Middle Eastern countries for seven months last year, autho(...)

Cauliflower is better roasted than boiled or steamed

I love a recipe that makes me think differently about an ingredient, or a dish that makes me rediscover a food I’ve shunned in the past. Like Jane (...)

Search and recovery operation in Baltimore, West Cork for the body of missing Barry Davis Ryan. Photograph: Emma Jervis

More than 100 divers joined the sea search for missing student Barry Davis Ryan in Baltimore, Co Cork on Thursday. Experienced divers from across Ire(...)