Irish Catholic Bishop’s Conference has welcomed Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald’s new working group on direct provision but called for urgent action from the Government on the issue. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Catholic bishops have appealed for urgent action by the Government to address the direct provision system for asylum seekers. They welcomed Minister f(...)

The Rendition Project and Reprieve have identified 27 aircraft used by the CIA in its rendition programme which they claim landed more than 200 times at Irish airports on global circuits that ferried al-Qaeda suspects around secret prisons or “black sites” between 2001 and 2006. File photograph:  PA Wire 1:08

The invoice states that the trip lasted four days in November 2012 and flew from Washington to Kabul in Afghanistan and back again stopping for fue(...)

A Syrian refugee girl makes tea inside a caravan at the Al Zaatari refugee camp in the Jordanian city of Mafraq, near the border with Syria. The UN World Food Programme has said it is restarting food aid for 1.7 million Syrian refugees in Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey, Iraq and Egypt after it received enough donations to fund the halted programme. Photograph: Muhammad Hamed/Reuters

The United Nations refugee agency urged rich nations on Tuesday to show solidarity with Syria’s neighbours by making pledges to resettle the most vuln(...)

Francis Fitzgerald has said Ireland is committed to continuing with its resettlement programme, having pledged an additional 220 resettlement places for 2015/2016. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald has confirmed 111 people from Syria and the surrounding region have been granted permission to reside in Irela(...)

Palestinian youths yesterday in Shuafat refugee camp, where the van driver lived. Photograph: Ilia Yefimovich/Getty Images

Riots spread across Arab neighbourhoods of Jerusalem yesterday after a Palestinian resident rammed a van into Israeli police and pedestrians, killi(...)

Israeli police and security personnel cordon off the area near the body of a Palestinian man, identified as Ibrahim al-Akari. He was shot dead after driving a van into a crowd of police and civilians killing a policeman and injuring 13 pedestrians.  Photograph: Tali Mayer/EPA

An Arab driver rammed his vehicle into Jerusalem pedestrians, killing a policeman before being shot dead by security forces, in the latest attack to r(...)

The White House has refused to enforce a 2002 law giving effect to the parents’ wishes so as to maintain the US government’s neutral position on Jerusalem as Israel’s capital because it interferes with the president’s authority to maintain foreign policy. Photograph: Spencer Platt/Getty Images

The inability of Americans born in Northern Ireland to claim “Ireland” as their birthplace on passports was raised during a US Supreme Court case invo(...)

 A Syrian refugee man walks after crossing the border to Turkey during fighting between Islamic State militants and Kurdish YPG fighters near Kobane, Syria, at Suruc district in Turkey today. Photograph: EPA

Egypt, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Kuwait are discussing the creation of a military pact to take on Islamic militants, with the possibi(...)

Eastern promise: Istanbul – Enterprise Ireland opened an office in the city in January

Irish food exporters are up against it. The Russian ban on EU and others’ foodstuffs over the conflict in Ukraine has had another negative consequence(...)

People gather at the site of a car bomb attack in Baghdad yesterday. The latest attacks follow a series of dramatic advances in Iraq by Islamic State fighters. Photograph: Reuters

Mursitpinar and Islamic State militants have targeted Baghdad with a wave of devastating car bombs and mortar attacks, killing at least 150 people si(...)