Irish Catholic Bishop’s Conference has welcomed Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald’s new working group on direct provision but called for urgent action from the Government on the issue. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Catholic bishops have appealed for urgent action by the Government to address the direct provision system for asylum seekers. They welcomed Minister f(...)

A Syrian refugee girl makes tea inside a caravan at the Al Zaatari refugee camp in the Jordanian city of Mafraq, near the border with Syria. The UN World Food Programme has said it is restarting food aid for 1.7 million Syrian refugees in Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey, Iraq and Egypt after it received enough donations to fund the halted programme. Photograph: Muhammad Hamed/Reuters

The United Nations refugee agency urged rich nations on Tuesday to show solidarity with Syria’s neighbours by making pledges to resettle the most vuln(...)

Francis Fitzgerald has said Ireland is committed to continuing with its resettlement programme, having pledged an additional 220 resettlement places for 2015/2016. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald has confirmed 111 people from Syria and the surrounding region have been granted permission to reside in Irela(...)

An orphan attends a gathering organized by Douma charity organization for orphans in Douma , near Damascus. Photograph: Reuters

Syrian state television said on Sunday that Israeli jets had bombed areas near Damascus international airport and in the town of Dimas, near the bord(...)

A picture purported to be of the Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi delivering a sermon at a mosque in Iraq. Iraq’s interior ministry said on Wednesday that a woman detained by Lebanese authorities was not Baghdadi’s wife. Phototograph: AP

Iraq’s interior ministry said on Wednesday that a woman detained by Lebanese authorities was not the wife of Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi(...)

Iraqi security forces take part in an intensive security deployment against Islamic State (IS) militants in Adhaim, a village in Diyala province north of Baghdad. The Lebanese army detained a wife and a son of IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi as they crossed from Syria in recent days, security officials have said. Photograph: Reuters

The Lebanese army detained a wife and daughter of Islamic State (IS) leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi as they crossed from Syria nine days ago, security of(...)

News that the international nuclear talks with Iran are to be extended until next July is welcome. But realistically it will be more difficult to find(...)

US secretary of state John Kerry addresses the media after the nuclear talks session with Iran in Vienna. Photograph: AP Photo/Ronald Zak

The longer the international standoff over Iran’s suspect nuclear programme continues, the more dangerous and volatile the situation becomes. All s(...)

 Iranian foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and  US secretary of state John Kerry at the talks between the E3+3 (France, Germany, Britain, China, Russia, USA) and Iran in Vienna, Austria. Photograph: Roland Schlager/EPA

Iran and six powers failed for a second time this year to resolve a 12-year dispute over Tehran’s nuclear ambitions and gave themselves seven more mo(...)

Listen up: Australian coach Michael Cheika lays down the law. Photo: Xavier Laine/Getty Images

“You don’t got to love me but you will respect me.” Tony Soprano to Christopher Moltisanti, in the doctor’s surgery after Jackie Jnr shot Furio in the(...)