The Netherlands prime minister Mark Rutte: his party has just produced a seven-page position paper suggesting it’s time for Europe to close its borders to refugees and asylum-seekers. Photograph: Thierry Charlier/AFP/Getty Images

It’s indicative of what a hot topic immigration has become in the Netherlands that prime minister Mark Rutte’s Liberal Party has just produced a seven(...)

Israel’s prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu: “The Iran-Lausanne-Yemen axis is dangerous for mankind and must be stopped.” Photograph: Uri Lenz/Reuters

Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu has warned that the emerging nuclear deal with Iran confirms all Israel’s fears and exceeds them.“Even as me(...)

 Minister of State for Overseas Development Assistance Seán Sherlock, who said that the Rapid  Response Corps played a key role in the State’s humanitarian response strategy. Irish Aid has called for skilled volunteers to consider joining the corps. File photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Irish Aid is calling for skilled and experienced volunteers to consider joining the Irish Rapid Response Corps as part of the Government’s programme f(...)

Peter Sutherland said 3,419 asylum seekers known to have drowned in the Mediterranean last year. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

The majority of EU states have failed to respond adequately to migration, which is one of the most urgent humanitarian challenges of our time, accordi(...)

 Cork’s inclusive choral group in rehearsal in the Rory Gallagher Theatre. Photograph: Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

A community choir embracing gay, lesbian, bisexual and straight singers has this weekend launched a charity single to raise funds for the Yes campa(...)

The Vatican’s UN Ambassador Archbishop  Silvano Tomasi has said the use of force will be necessary to protect minority groups from Islamic State aggression if a political solution cannot be achieved. Photograph: Martial Trezzini/EPA.

The Vatican’s UN ambassador has said the use of force will be necessary to protect minority groups from Islamic State aggression if a political solut(...)

“ ‘We are not seeking a grand bargain’, said John Kerry in Riyadh after his nuclear talks with Iranian ministers in Switzerland.”  Photograph: REUTERS/Brian Snyder

‘We are not seeking a grand bargain”, said United States secretary of state John Kerry in Riyadh after his nuclear talks with Iranian ministers in Swi(...)

Israel’s economy minister Naftali Bennett, head of the far-right Jewish Home party, during campaigning  in the country’s general election.  Photograph: Amir Cohen/Reuters

Naftali Bennett knows how to work a crowd. Pacing up and down on stage, his shirt-sleeves rolled up, his voice fills the seafront hangar where hundred(...)

The UN refugee agency, the UNHCR, has drawn up radical plans for an “orderly relocation” of thousands of Syrian refugees from southern Europe to richer countries in the north. Photograph: Jordan Pix/Getty Images

The UN has drawn up radical plans for an “orderly relocation” of thousands of Syrian refugees from southern Europe to richer countries in the north, a(...)

US secretary of state John Kerry at a news conference with Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister Prince Saud al-Faisal in Riyadh on Thursday. Mr Kerry met Gulf Arab foreign ministers  to brief them on progress in the nuclear talks with Iran. Photograph: Evan Vucci/Reuters

US secretary of state John Kerry told Gulf Arab states on Thursday that Washington was not seeking a “grand bargain” with Iran, and said a nuclear dea(...)