A fighter of the Kurdish People’s Protection Units  stands near a Turkish army tank, which took position at the new site of the Suleyman Shah tomb in the northern Syrian village of Esmesi, Aleppo province on Tuesday. Photograph: Mursel Coban/Depo Photos/Reuters

Islamic State militants kidnapped 90 Christians in north-east Syria as the jihadis retreated in the face of a Kurdish counter-offensive, a monitoring (...)

As well as its outlets in Cork and Dublin airports, ARI runs duty free stores in Bahrain, Barbados, Canada, Cyprus, Lebanon, Oman, and India. The business has a turnover of close to €880 million a-year.

State company Aer Rianta International (ARI) has won a contract to operate a new duty free concession at New Zealand’s largest airport from next July.(...)

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(...)

HSBC’s Expat Explorer league table  placed Bahrain in fifth position  in terms of attractiveness for expats out of 34 countries, followed by Oman (6), Qatar (10) and the UAE (13).

There are six Gulf Co-operation Council states: Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE), and Irish expats hea(...)

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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 (...)

Mahmoud Bazzi (centre), is suspected of murdering two Irish soldiers serving with the United Nations 34 years ago. Photograph: PA

Minister for Defence Simon Coveney has said he hopes justice will be served in the case of Mahmoud Bazzi, the chief suspect in the 1980 murder of two (...)

 Mahmoud Bazzi (centre),   is suspected of murdering two Irish soldiers  serving with the United Nations 34 years ago. Photograph: PA

The chief suspect in the 1980 murder of two Irish peacekeepers, Mahmoud Bazzi, could go free under an amnesty covering crimes committed during the (...)

Mahmoud Bazzi (centre), a Lebanese national suspected of kidnapping, torturing and killing two Irish United Nations peacekeepers  in 1980, has been deported from the US over immigration offences. Photograph: US Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

A Lebanese man suspected of kidnapping, torturing and killing two Irish United Nations peacekeepers in war-torn Lebanon in 1980 has been deported from(...)

Israeli soldiers mourn during the  funeral of a colleague killed in a clash on the Lebanese border at Mount Hertzel cemetery in Jerusalem. Photograph: Abir Sultan/EPA.

Israel and Hizbullah have signalled that a rare flare-up in fighting across the Israel-Lebanon border is over, after the Lebanese guerrillas killed(...)