‘There is rightly much pride in the life-saving work of the LÉ Eithne and its crew.’ Above, migrants wait to  disembark from the Irish Naval ship  LÉ Eithne at the Catania harbour,  on June 16th, 2015. Photograph: AP Photo/Carmelo Imbesi

Footage of Irish naval personnel rescuing women, men and children in peril at sea has brought the crisis in the Mediterranean closer to home. There is(...)

Israel’s security cabinet minister Naftali Bennett is calling on the international community to recognise Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights. Photograph: Jim Hollander/EPA

A far-right ally of Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu urged world powers on Sunday to recognise Israel’s 1981 annexation of the Golan Heights,(...)

Riyan (30), a migrant from Somalia, is reunited with her wheelchair, the only possession she had with her after arriving on Tuesday on the Greek island of Lesvos by inflatable boat. She hopes to travel to Germany for surgery on a 15-year-old shooting wound in the back. Photograph: Nikolas Georgiou

As he looked out at the five-mile stretch of blue sea separating Greece and Turkey, Eric Kempson knew he should be worried. Clearly overloaded with pe(...)

When it comes to Northern Ireland, names such as JW Anderson and Sharon Wauchob immediately spring to mind as fashion designers who are recognised (...)

Children queue for water in the northwestern Syrian city of Ariha, in Idlib province, on Tuesday, after a coalition of insurgent groups seized the area. Syria has seen an increased flow of weapons and funds and an influx of fighters to insurgent and jihadi groups. Photogaph:  Khalil Ashawi/Reuters

In early March, the Syrian regime was on the offensive and had retaken territory lost to insurgents. Reasonable prospects existed for dialogue between(...)

A solider takes a moment to remember Private Caomhán Seoighe time before the unveiling of a memorial in his memory today on Inis Oírr on Friday. Pte Seoighe was kidnapped in 1981 in the Lebanon aged 20. His remains were never recovered. Photograph: Cormac Coyne.

Thousands of kilometres from where he disappeared, a lone Aran island soldier has been remembered on home sands of Inis Oírr with a monument dedicated(...)

Vanessa Nee, sister of the late Pte Hugh Doherty who was killed with Pte Caomhán Seoighe in Lebanon in 1981. Neither body has ever been found. Photograph: Declan Doherty.

A memorial to an Aran Islands soldier whose body was never found after he was killed in south Lebanon will be unveiled by Minister for Defence Simo(...)

Islamic State militants were reported to have gained ground against Syrian troops in fighting near the historic city of Palmyra, also known as Tadmur. This is a file potograph of the ancient city. Photograph: Joseph Eid/AFP/Getty Images

Islamic State militants were reported to have gained ground against Syrian troops in fighting near the historic city of Palmyra, also known as Tadmur(...)

US secretary of state John Kerry meets with Saudi Arabia’s King Salman in Riyadh last week. Photograph: Andrew Harnik/AFP/Getty Images

King Salman of Saudi Arabia has withdrawn from a carefully orchestrated summit with the US that president Barack Obama hoped would assuage Gulf anxiet(...)

Sevan, Samuel, Lucy, Arshag and Arthur Agopyan in their Yerevan apartment. Photograph: Daniel McLaughlin

Looking across Yerevan to where Mount Ararat soars over Armenia’s border with Turkey, Samuel Agopyan’s thoughts travel on, to the ancient Syrian city (...)