Migrants and refugees  arrive on the islan of Kos, Greece. A second group of Syrian refugees is being flown  into Northern Ireland as part of the British government’s vulnerable persons’ relocation scheme. Photograph: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

Gerry Moriarty Northern Editor A second group of Syrian refugees is flying into Northern Ireland on Thursday as part of the British government’s vul(...)

Australian TV presenter Tara Brown being escorted from court in Beirut, Lebanon. A judge said the father of the children, Ali Zeid al-Amin, had dropped charges against the TV crew and the children’s mother. Photograph: Diego Ibarra Sanchez/Getty Images

An Australian woman and a television crew charged with kidnapping her children from their father in Beirut were set to be released on Wednesday, a ju(...)

Soldiers  from the 53rd Infantry Group  training in the Glen of Imaal.   Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

The Defence Forces’ 53rd Infantry Group is completing its Mission Readiness Exercise (MRX) in the Glen of Imaal in preparation for United Nations depl(...)

Tahrir Square in Ciaro on February 1, 2011. Most 18-29-year-olds in the region have disengaged from politics after the uprisings. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

Since the 1980s the Middle East has had a youth bulge caused by improved healthcare and a continuing high fertility rate. More than two-thirds of the(...)

Syrian president Bashar al-Assad and wife Asma after casting their votes in Damascus, Syria: Voting was extended until midnight, but is unlikely to produce any surprises in the 250-seat assembly or challenge the dominance of the Baath party. Photograph: Sana/Reuters

Syrian peace talks resumed in Geneva yesterday, while residents living in government- held areas went to the polls in parliamentary elections dismiss(...)

Syria’s foreign minister Walid Muallem meets with the UN peace envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura, in  Damascus on Monday ahead of the new round of talks which begin in Geneva on Wednesday. Photograph: Syrian Arab News Agency/AFP/Getty Images

UN mediator Staffan de Mistura has called the new round of Syrian peace talks opening in Geneva on Wednesday crucial and said delegations would focus (...)

Pamela Newenham:  Consisting of an intense programme of pitching workshops, mentoring sessions and talks with investors, lawyers, journalists, experts and entrepreneurs, Blackbox Connect aims to give participants access to the knowledge and resources of Silicon Valley

For two weeks in February, I moved in with 19 ridiculously talented entrepreneurs in San Francisco. From as far afield as India, Pakistan, Lebanon, F(...)

Zaha Hadid: October 31st, 1950-March 31st, 2016. Above, at the Riverside Museum in Glasgow, her first major public commission in the Britain. Photograph: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

Zaha Hadid, the Iraqi-British architect whose soaring structures left a mark on skylines and imaginations around the world, and in the process reshape(...)

The remains of the Bel Temple in Palmyra, now reduced to a single arch sitting on top of a mound of whole and broken limestone blocks. Photograph: Martak/AFP/Getty Images

Palmyra is a city of ghosts. Ghosts of a precarious present as well as an illustrious ancient past. The new city has been emptied of its 750,000 citiz(...)

A man carries bread as he walks past damaged buildings in Aleppo’s al-Ansari al-Sharqi neighborhood December 2, 2013. Photograph: Mahmoud Hebbo/Reuters.

One morning in mid-2014, before the summer sun had reached its peak, two elderly men in Aleppo, Syria, sat on plastic chairs, chatting quietly and dr(...)