Barbarians’ Zane Kirchner touches down to score a try in the game against an Ireland XVat Thomond park. Photo: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Barbarians 22 Ireland 21 The individual consequences will be more significant after Ireland slipped to a defeat at Thomond Park that will merely be a(...)

European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker (left), Ukraine’s president Petro Poroshenko and Latvia prime minister Laimdota Straujuma before the Eastern Partnership summit session in Riga, Latvia, on Friday. Photograph: Reuters/Ints Kalnins

The spiral domes alongside the art nouveau architecture of Latvia’s capital city are testimony to the complex cultural heritage of this eastern corner(...)

Cadets of Kiev’s new police patrol service training at Ukraine’s interior ministry academy. It is hoped this new wave of officers will be the start to police reform in Ukraine. Photograph: Daniel McLaughlin

In a sports hall echoing with shouted warnings, occasional giggles and the rasp of closing handcuffs, young Ukrainians lunge at each other with batons(...)

Latvian president Andris Berzins welcomes German chancellor Angela Merkel at the House of the Blackhead in Riga  at the start of the EU Eastern Partnership Summit. Photograph: Alain Jocardalain/AFP/Getty Images

German chancellor Angela Merkel has attempted to ease Russian concerns ahead of the Riga summit, stressing that the EU’s eastern partnership policy (...)

The idea of a specific EU neighbourhood policy to deal with countries to its east began to gain ground in 2007 and 2008, supported by countries such as Poland and Sweden. Photograph: Getty Images

Eighteen months after the last Eastern Partnership summit in Vilnius, EU leaders gather in Riga today for a two-day summit on the EU’s relationship wi(...)

British prime minster David Cameron: he will come face to face with EU leaders for the first time since his party’s decisive victory in the British general election two weeks ago. Photograph: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

British prime minister David Cameron is expected to make his opening salvo in his bid to renegotiate Britain’s relationship with the European Union w(...)

Ulster centre Stuart McCloskey could turn out to be a bolter for Ireland’s World Cup squad. Photograph: Darren Kidd/Presseye/Inpho

For the third year in succession an Emerging Ireland squad will head for Eastern Europe in early summer to compete in a tournament that at face value (...)

Polina Gagarina of Russia received a warm reception from the 10,500-strong audience to qualify for the  final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2015 on on Tuesday night in Vienna, Austria. Photograph: Nigel Treblin/Getty Images 2:08

Hotly-tipped Russia qualified for the Eurovision Song Contest final last Tuesday night and received a strong response from the 10,500 audience members(...)

Linas Linkevicius (Lithuania), Martin Lidegaard (Denmark), Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson (Iceland), Peter Stenlund (Finland), Margot Wallstrom (Sweden) and Boerge Brende (Norway) at the Nordic-Baltic summit  of foreign ministers in Elsinore, Denmark, on Tuesday. Photograph: Keld Navntoft/EPA

The European Union will implement a free-trade pact with Ukraine from next year despite Russian pressure for another delay, according to a draft state(...)

A  handout photo of  New York police department officer Brian Moore, who died on  Monday from injuries received when a man shot him in the head on Saturday. Photograph: New York Times  1:51

A New York City plainclothes police officer who was shot in the head died on Monday, the fifth officer shot dead in as many months amid anti-law enfor(...)