An Post office in Dublin. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Stolen cash, missing mail, and parcels sent to the wrong hemisphere are just some of the issues which vex An Post customers. In the last year and a (...)

A Lebanese woman covers her nose from the smell as she walks on a street partly blocked by piles of garbage in Beirut. Photograph: Hassan Ammar/AP

The sky was blue over Beirut yesterday after clearing had been completed of smouldering mounds of rubbish that had remained in the streets for two wee(...)

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(...)

Residents queueing for humanitarian aid at the Palestinian refugee camp of Yarmouk, Damascus, in March. Photograph: Reuters

Palestinians displaced from Syria’s largest UN camp, in the flashpoint Yarmouk district south of Damascus, face an outbreak of typhoid that could spre(...)

Maaloula: the 14th-century Christian town in Syria which is rising again after eight months of occupation by insurgents. Photograph: Michael Jansen

The 14th-century Christian town of Maaloula is rising again from the ruins and rubble of eight months of occupation by insurgents determined to oblite(...)

Members of the Irish Army Ranger Wing in Goz Beida in Chad: meagre manpower and difficult terrain will benefit from  the ability to see via drones and telescopes attached to kites. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

While little-heralded, the significance of the battle the Naval Service is engaged in with international narcotics gangs cannot be overstated. In rece(...)

Lebanon’s Hizbullah deputy leader Sheikh Naim Qassem speaks as Syrian foreign minister Walid al-Moualem (centre) and Iran’s minister of culture  Ali Jannati listen during the International Media Conference Against Terrorism in Damascus. Photograph: Omar Sanadiki/Reuters

Syrian president Bashar al- Assad yesterday welcomed “positive” changes in western attitudes to the conflict in the country – suggesting the United St(...)

A migrant mother tries to protect her child from the strong sun as they wait on the Greek side of the border to enter Macedonia near the city of Gevgelija, The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. Photograph: Georgi Licovski/EPA

The European Union failed on Monday to agree on how to spread 40,000 asylum seekers in Greece and Italy among its members over the next two years, pos(...)

Iranian supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei leading the Eid al-Fitr prayers on July 18th. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images.

Iranian opposition to the “arrogant” United States will not change despite a nuclear deal with world powers, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei (...)

Malala Yousafzai (centre) at the opening of a Malala Fund girls’ school in Lebanon, as she marked her 18th birthday by calling on world leaders to stop “failing” the people of Syria. Photograph: Malin Fezehai/HUMAN for Malala Fund/PA Wire

Malala Yousafzai, the youngest winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, celebrated her 18th birthday in Lebanon on Sunday by opening a school for Syrian refug(...)