A Kosovar Serb woman crosses Mitrovica bridge, which serves as a link between the northern and southern part of the ethnically divided town of Mitrovica. Kosovo and Serbia have signed a number of agreements in key areas as a step towards normalising ties. Photograph: EPA

Serbia and its former southern province of Kosovo took steps toward overcoming decades of animosity on Tuesday, signing energy and telecoms agreements(...)

A little girl cries as she tries to take shelter from the rain on Greece’s border with Macedonia, as she waits with her family to enter Gevgelija on Saturday. Photograph: Reuters

Thousands of rain-soaked migrants stormed across Macedonia’s border on Saturday as police lobbed stun grenades and beat them with batons, struggling (...)

A migrant reacts as he carries a child during clashes with Macedonian police at the Greek-Macedonian border. Photograph: Alexandros Avramidis/Reuters 1:38

Macedonian police drove back crowds of migrants and refugees trying to enter from Greece on Friday after a night spent stranded in no-man’s land by an(...)

 Sint Maarten in the Caribbean, Lesotho and Kazakhstan, are among the countries where Irish people chose to marry last year.

The small Caribbean island of Sint Maarten, the landlocked African country of Lesotho and the former Soviet republic Kazakhstan, are just some of the(...)

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(...)

Macedonia’s prime minister Nikola Gruevski (centre) attend a rally in support  the government in Skopje in May. Macedonia is to have early parliamentary elections next year. Photograph: Georgi Licovski/EPA

As Macedonian police launched raids this week against what it said were suspected Islamist radicals, many in the crisis-ridden Balkan state thought ba(...)

Gráinne O’Hara: ‘The type of work I do is very, very compelling.’ Photograph: Aidan Crawley

The decision to seek asylum in a foreign country is almost always a last resort. Most people are keen to stay as close to home as possible, remain (...)

There was an 86 per cent increase in the amount of people claiming asylum in Europe between the first quarters of 2014 and 2015. In the first quarter (...)

Refugees who arrived in Germany by crossing the nearby Austrian border  at the X-Point Halle initial registration center of the German federal police  near Passau, Bavaria, Germany. Photograph: Joerg Koch/Getty Images

Bavarian’s conservative state government has come under fire for plans to erect deportation camps on its borders for refugees from Balkan states. (...)

Documenting wartime human rights violations used to be my job. Over a good few years, working for the United Nations, I witnessed the most appalling a(...)