France was the first country to join the US-led coalition carrying out air strikes on Islamic State in Iraq, but had ruled out doing so in Syria, fearing that would benefit president Bashar al-Assad. Photograph: Alain Jocardalain/AFP/Getty Images

France is considering conducting air strikes on Islamic State in Syria, joining an international coalition led by the United States, Le Monde newspape(...)

Life jackets, deflated dinghies and life tubes are left behind by refugees and migrants  on a beach on the Greek island of Lesbos, on Friday. REUTERS/Dimitris Michalakis

The appalling humanitarian crisis unfolding across Europe has left the European Union struggling to respond to the biggest mass movement of refugees i(...)

A few years ago I attended a memorial for a group of Resistance fighters in a small village in southwest France. A large stone Cross of Lorraine showe(...)

Mayor of Lyons Gérard Collomb said he found Enda Kenny “very warm and straightforward and very engaged”. Photograph: courtesy of Gérard Collomb

It was the sort of trip Taoiseach Enda Kenny loves, filled with wizardry and widgetry from Irish companies who have pioneered sewage-eating bacteria a(...)

Migrants wait to cross Greek Macedonian border near the town of Idomeni, Northern Greece. Photograph: Sakis Mitrolidis/AFP/Getty Images

The Government should welcome more refugees and migrants than the 600 people the State agreed to accept through the EU relocation programme, according(...)

Yannick Jauzion of France celebrates as the final whistle signals his team’s victory in the Quarter Final of the Rugby World Cup 2007 match between New Zealand and France at the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff. Photo: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

Having being beaten France home and away over the last two years it seems like Ireland have finally managed to shake the Gallic hoodoo which saw then (...)

Aylan Kurdi and his older brother, Galib who died as their family tried to reach Europe 2:30

Turkish police have detained four Syrians suspected of involvement in organising the passage of a boat which capsized, drowning 12 people including a (...)

Alfie Martin: the 95-year-old second World War hero called on councillors at Belfast City Hall to fulfill the promise of peace the end of the war had brought elsewhere. Photograph: Justin Kernoghan

Alfie Martin, a 95-year-old second World War hero, caught the current mood at Belfast City Hall yesterday. The war was supposed to be about “peace in(...)

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Coldwell Banker is seeking €650,000 for this three-bedroom bungalow and adjoining creche on Dublin Road, Lusk, Co Dublin

Amam, a 17-year-old refugee from the Syrian town of Latakia, shouts after his sister and mother were detained by Hungarian police outside the railway station in Budapest on Wednesday. Photograph: Reuters

Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orban travels to Brussels on Thursday for talks with European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker as the refugee (...)