Watchtower: A UN peacekeeper on an observation tower on the Golan Heights. Photograph: Jack Guez/AFP/Getty

Undof is the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force. Since September 2013 Ireland’s Defence Forces have provided Undof with a quick-reaction f(...)

Ready to deploy: Lieut Col Mark  Prendergast (centre) with Trooper Amy Crook, Sgt Maj Noel Callaghan, Capt Liam McDonnell, Cmdt Paul Kelly, Capt Phelim Carroll, Lieut Stephen Keane, Lieut Ronan O’Brien and Capt Cormac Brady at Camp Coolmoney, in the Glen of Imaal, before departing for UN duty in Syria. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill 16:01

On April 7th the 48th Infantry Group of the Defence Forces took up duty on the Golan Heights, providing military support for UN observers in a zone(...)

Members of the anti-war women’s group Code Pink wave placards as they interrupt a meeting of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Capitol Hill on Tuesday. Photograph: Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images
Kerry still confident of Iran deal
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  • April 15, 2015, 11:30

US secretary of state John Kerry has said he is still confident of a nuclear deal with Iran after president Barack Obama agreed to sign legislation gi(...)

Palestinian families arrive at a makeshift center in Damascus after being evacuated from the al-Yarmouk camp in southern Damascus. Photograph: Motaz Mawed/EPA/Sana handout

The PLO (Palestine Liberation Organisation) said on Thursday it refused to be drawn into supporting any military offensive in the war-battered Yarmouk(...)

Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas delivers a speech during an opening ceremony of the “Istiqlal” (independence) garden in the West Bank city of Ramallah Photograph: Abbas Momani/AFP/Getty Images

Palestinian Authority president Mahmoud Abbas said on Sunday Israel had released frozen tax revenue to the Authority but that he had ordered the funds(...)

President Barack Obama in the Oval Office during an interview with The New York Times. Mr Obama strongly defended last week’s preliminary agreement with Iran as a “once in a lifetime opportunity”. Photograph: Todd Heisler/The New York Times

US president Barack Obama defended the nuclear agreement with Iran as a “once-in-a-lifetime opportunity” to prevent a nuclear bomb and bring longer-te(...)

An important breakthrough

Although the devil is in the detail – to be finalised by June 30th – and the final few paragraphs of international agreements are often the most diffi(...)

Iranian foreign minister Mohamad Javad Zarif greets his supporters as he arrives from Lausanne, Switzerland to Mehr-Abad airport in Tehran. Iran and six world powers have agreed on the key points of a deal over Iran’s controversial nuclear programme. Iranians are so happy by hearing that world powers are ready to lift the sanctions against the country. Photograph: Borna Qasemi/EPA

Sanctions Iran wanted immediate removal of all UN sanctions and relief from the American and European economic and financial curbs that have throttled(...)

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu delivers a statement to the media in Jerusalem. Netanyahu said on Wednesday it was not too late for world powers still locked in nuclear negotiations with Iran to demand a “better deal”. Photograph: Debbie Hill/Reuters 1:49

Iranians celebrated in the streets after negotiators reached a framework for a nuclear accord, and US president Barack Obama hailed an “historic under(...)

Women sitting in a car flash the “V for Victory” sign as they celebrate on Valiasr street in northern Tehran  after the announcement of an agreement on Iran nuclear talks. Iran and global powers sealed a deal on plans to curb Tehran’s chances for getting a nuclear bomb, laying the ground for a new relationship between the Islamic republic and the West. Photo: Atta Kenreatta/AFP 1:49

Iran and world powers reached a framework agreement on Friday on curbing Iran’s nuclear programme for at least a decade, a step towards a final pact t(...)