Croatia’s justice minister Orsat Miljenic (left) shakes hands with his Serbian counterpart Nikola Selkovic prior to a session of the International Court of Justice in The Hague  yesterday. Photograph: AP Photo/Peter Dejong

Another hurdle to improved relations between Croatia and Serbia was removed yesterday when the United Nations’ highest court ruled the two countries(...)

Serbian Justice Minister Nikola Selkovic, ambassador Petar Vico and Sasa Obradovic, head of the Serbain legal team, during the verdict on genocide claims  at The Hague. Photograph: Robin Van Lonkhuijsen/EPA 1:37

The United Nations‘ highest court ruled on Tuesday that neither Croatia nor Serbia had committed genocide against each other’s populations during the (...)

Leinster’s Jamie Heaslip in action against Harlequins’ Matt Hopper at the Aviva Stadium in December. Heaslip has recovered from a shoulder injury and is fit to face Castres. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

It drew a self-conscious grin from Jamie Heaslip. The Leinster player, who rarely gets injured, sat beside his coach Mat O’Connor and had the good gra(...)

India to Nepal by Bus   The Indian and Nepalese governments have just officially inaugurated the first-ever bus service between the two (...)

Bakir Izetbegovic of the Party of Democratic Action at a news conference in Sarajevo. Photograph: Reuters/Dado Ruvic

Nationalists from rival ethnic groups have claimed victory in the Bosnian elections, a result which, if confirmed, will deepen divisions and fuel inst(...)

Guests at the Sarojin in Khao Lak, Thailand are being offered the chance to engage with more authentic local experiences during their stay

Get vaccinated before you travel long haul The Ebola crisis in West Africa is the most devastating in history of the disease, so far resulting in(...)

Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife Sophie leave Sarajevo City Hall on June 28th, 1914, the day of their assassination. Four days later the Turin correspondent of Italian daily La Stampa referred to fears in Serbia that Germany could attack their country in response to the murders. Photograph: JU Sarajevo Museum)/handout via Reuters

AFTER THE SARAJEVO TRAGEDY Anti-Serb demonstrations have now spread [from Sarajevo] to Mostar. As a Croat man was going into a shop in Mostar o(...)

Josip Simunic has failed to have his ban overturned by CAS. Photograph: Getty Images.

Croatia defender Josip Simunic will definitely miss the World Cup finals after losing his appeal against a 10-match ban imposed by Fifa after he made (...)

Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore  denied he was trying to capitalise on the pope’s popularity and said the decision was taken because of the Holy See’s renewed focus on tackling “hunger and world poverty” under Francis.

Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore has linked the Government’s decision to reopen the Embassy to the Holy See to the arrival of Pope Francis. However, Mr Gilmore (...)

The decision announced yesterday by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade significantly to expand Ireland’s embassy network is an essential affi(...)