Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan stands under pictures of Jews killed in the Holocaust during his visit to the Hall of Names at Yad Vashem’s Holocaust History Museum in Jerusalem last Wednesday. Photograph: Ronen Zvulun/Reuters.

Charlie Flanagan paid his first visit to the Middle East as Minister for Foreign Affairs this week when he visited Israel, Gaza and the West Bank. On (...)

Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman: a spokesman said he mentioned, “What he sees as the unbalanced position of the EU with regard to the Palestinians.” Photograph: Gali Tibbon/AFP/Getty  1:24

Israeli foreign minister Avigdor Lieberman has told his Irish counterpart Charlie Flanagan that Irish public opinion presents “difficulties” for the(...)

Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan has announced that the Government is to provide €4.7 million in funding to UN agencies working with Palestinian refugees. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire.

The Government has pledged funding of €4.7 million for UN agencies working with Palestinian refugees. The announcement was made in Gaza on Monday by M(...)

US president Barack Obama: “I am convinced that the United States should not get dragged back into another prolonged ground war in the Middle East,” he said. Photograph: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters

President Barack Obama has asked the US Congress to approve military force against Islamic State (IS) extremists, limiting action to three years and (...)

Ivory Coast’s players celebrate winning the African Nations Cup final  against Ghana in Bata, Equatorial Guinea. Photograph: Amr Abdallah Dalsh/Reuters

Ivory Coast 0 Ghana 0 (Ivory Coast win 9-8 on penalties) Could there have been a more unlikely hero than Boubacar Barry? He was the reserve ke(...)

An image grab taken from the Jordanian TV shows flames erupting from a building hit by an airstrike against Islamic State by warplanes of the Jordanian Air Force. Photograph: Jordanian TV/AFP/Getty Images.

Arab leaders have bemoaned what they call a lack of strategy and weapons in the fight against jihadists groups like Islamic State, a security confe(...)

Kayla Mueller was abducted in Aleppo, Syria in August 2013. Photograph: Mueller Family/Handout via Reuters

The young American hostage who Islamic State says was killed in a Jordanian air strike was condemned to death by the militant group last year, accordi(...)

People take part in a candlelight vigil in the Jordanian capital Amman in  solidarity with the pilot recently murdered by the Islamic State  group. Photograph: Khalil Mazraawikhalil/AFP/Getty Images.

The United Arab Emirates is sending a squadron of F16 jet fighters to Jordan to conduct air strikes against Islamic State alongside Jordanian planes.(...)

Kayla Mueller had a long record of volunteering abroad and was moved by the plight of civilians in Syria’s civil war. Photograph: Matt Hinshaw/The Daily Courier

Islamic State said yesterday that an American woman hostage it was holding in Syria had been killed when Jordanian fighter jets bombed a building wher(...)

In a word

The number of refugees in the world recently exceeded 50 million. Half are children. The country most affected is Syria. More than 2.5 million of its (...)