A 19-year-old Yazidi woman, one of hundreds who says she was taken into sexual slavery by the Islamic State group, now living at a refugee camp in Qadiya, Iraq. Photograph: Mauricio Lima/The New York Times

Islamic State atrocities have descended like distant nightmares upon the numbed conscious of the world. The first beheadings of Americans had the powe(...)

Syrian migrants on an overcrowded dinghy try to disembark on the shore of the Greek island of Kos this week. Photograph: EPA/YANNIS KOLESIDIS

The beheading earlier this week of Khaled al-Asaad, an 83-year-old archaeologist, by Islamic State militants in the Syrian city of Palmyra brings into(...)

Fine Gael TD Alan Shatter. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Fine Gael TD Alan Shatter has spoken of his deep upset at what he describes as “a misleading and untruthful impression” created by media reports abo(...)

Maj Gen Michael Finn:  ‘It is a critical challenge to find ways to address the contentious issue of caveats and to maintain the integrity of peacekeeping missions into the future.’ Photograph: Peter Murtagh

Overseas missions are “vitally important” to the Defence Forces and help to project a very good image of Ireland internationally , according to a seni(...)

The parents of the late American hostage Kayla Mueller say they were told by American officials that their daughter was repeatedly forced to have sex with Abu Bakr Baghdadi, the leader of the Islamic State group. Photograph: AP

The late American hostage Kayla Mueller was repeatedly raped by Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of the Islamic State group, US officials have said. M(...)

David and Stephen Flynn (above) are the dynamic duo behind The Happy Pear natural food market and family-friendly cafe and restaurant in Greystones, Co Wicklow

It can be hard to come up with bright ideas for tasty, nutritious lunchbox fillers – especially on cold dark mornings when you’re trying to get eve(...)

The citadel at Aleppo.

It was my first experience of crossing a land border in the Middle East, although in the following months I would become breezily familiar with the(...)

Modar Naser from Syria, with his wife, Dima, and their children, Naser (15) and Kamar (17), at home in Lucan, Co Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke

  The Naser family: arrived from Syria, 2012 The Naser family were eating breakfast the first time they felt the ground shake from a n(...)

An image grab taken from a video shows alleged Islamic State leader  Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in Mosul. Photograph: Al-Furqan Media/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

It seems a strange obsession for men so opposed to graven images that they smash ancient statues with sledge hammers. The jihadists of Islamic State (...)

A ruined street in the al-Katerji district of Aleppo, Syria. Photograph: Abdalrhman Ismail/Reuters

For four years, Sami lived with the daily sound of mortars rattling his fourth floor apartment in Damascus. “Every day, every hour, people were dying(...)