A file image showing members of the German Navy watching the radar in the operations room of the frigate ‘Bayern’ in port at Limassol.  There is currently no comprehensive system to track shipments and cargos through EU ports and along its approximately 70,000km of coastline. Photograph: Getty

As Europe’s politicians struggle to control a deepening migrant crisis and staunch the rising threat of Islamist terrorism on their borders, little at(...)

British prime minister David Cameron and German chancellor Angela Merkel at a donor conference in London on Thursday. For European governments, the priority at the conference was to help countries close to Syria to take care of refugees. Photograph: Toby Melville/AFP/Getty Images

Donor nations have pledged more than $10 billion (€8.93 billion) for Syrians affected by the conflict in their country, at a meeting in London that wa(...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel and British prime minister David Cameron listen to speakers at the donors conference for Syria in London. Photograph:  Stefan Rousseau/Reuters

Donor nations pledged on Thursday to give billions of dollars in aid to Syrians as world leaders gathered for a conference to tackle the world’s wors(...)

Al Zaatari  camp in the Jordanian city of Mafraq. Jordan’s King Abdullah said  his people could not accept any more refugees. Photograph: Muhammad Hamed/Reuters

International aid organisations are on Thursday set to present to a London summit, entitled Supporting Syria and the Region, a new strategy for dealin(...)

Migrant children from Iraq in a sports hall at Jane-Addams high school, which has been transformed into a refugee shelter, in Berlin’s Hohenschoenhausen district, Germany, February 2nd, 2016 Photograph: Fabrizio Bensch/Reuters

There are more children and women on the move than adult males for the first time since the start of the European refugee and migrant crisis, accordin(...)

 Syrian soldiers inspect the site of bombing  in southern Damascus, Syria, which has killed at least 60 people. Photograph: Stringer/EPA

At least 60 people were killed, including 25 Shia fighters, and dozens wounded on Sunday when a car bomb and two suicide bombers struck in a district (...)

 Syrian refugees perform an Arabic dance at an intercultural evening in Monasterevin, Co Kildare. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Members of the Vietnamese community, who came to Ireland as refugees more than 30 years ago, reached out to newly arrived refugees at an intercultural(...)

US Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter and US ambassador to France Jane Hartley, pay tribute to the victims of November 13th terror attacks in Paris, at the Place de la Republique. Photograph: Jacques Demarthon/AFP/Getty Images

The French writer and statesman André Malraux allegedly predicted that “the 21st century will be a century of religion or it will not be at all.” Th(...)

Lt Gen William (Bill) O’Callaghan (also known as   “The Bull” Callaghan): an accomplished and unflappable leader, he   described the experience of peacekeeping in the Middle East as follows: “We must look for trouble at the four points of the compass. And then we look behind our backs.”

Throughout his Army career, Lieut Gen Bill O’Callaghan, who has died aged 94, was not known by his true name. To his comrades and many admirers, he (...)

Swords into ploughshares

Saturday’s International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) report on Iran’s compliance with its July agreement to decommission its nuclear weapons programme(...)