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(...)

“It’s new that weapons of war are being used”:  the recovered M52 hand grenade  which had been thrown into a migrant home in Villingen-Schwenningen, Germany. Photograph: Thomas Niedermueller/Getty Images

Migration tensions have escalated further in Germany after a hand grenade was lobbed into an asylum home in a small Black Forest town early Friday mo(...)

Former US president Bill Clinton campaigns for his wife, Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton, in Claremont, New Hampshire. Photograph: Jennifer Hauck/Valley News

The room erupts in applause and illuminated phones are raised to snap the moment the 42nd president passed through their town. Fifteen years after l(...)

Damage at the scene of an explosion at a police training centre in Zliten, Libya, on Thursday morning: about 400 recruits were gathering when the bomb was detonated. Photograph: Reuters

At least 47 people were killed on Thursday when Libya’s worst bomb attack since the fall of Muammar Gaddafi hit a police training centre as hundreds o(...)

French police near the Rue de la Goutte d’Or in north Paris on Thursday, after police shot dead a knife-wielding man who reportedly shouted “Allahu Akbar” (God is greatest). Photograph: Lionel Bonaventure/AFP/Getty Images

Paris was jolted yet again on Thursday morning as a man in a dark coat brandishing a butcher’s cleaver and crying “Allahu Akbar” approached a police c(...)

Irish Times front page picture from Janaury 6th.  The body of a migrant child , with a Turkish coast guard boat in the background, lies on the shore in the Aegean coastal town of Dikili, near the western city of Izmir.  REUTERS/Depo Photos

The photograph on the front page of yesterday’s Irish Times brought me back to a beach near Izmir in Turkey last month. The beach I went to was litte(...)

Screen grab  from a user generated content video uploaded on social networks on January 5th, 2016 said to show a petroleum storage tank burning at Al-Sidra oil terminal, near Ras Lanuf in the so-called “oil crescent” along Libya’s northern coast. Photograph: AFP Photo/Getty Images

Three days of Islamic State (Isis) attacks on Libya’s biggest oil terminals have started fires that have spread to five massive oil storage tanks, a g(...)

Libyan president Muammar Gadafy with the former South African president Nelson Mandela at the launch of the African Union (AU) in Durban, South Africa in 2002. Photograph: AP

Former British prime minister Tony Blair has strongly denied trying to halt compensation to the victims of Libya-sponsored IRA attacks. Muammar Gada(...)

Seven children among dead after boat apparently capsizes. Photograph: Reuters

In a stark reminder of the depth of Europe’s migrant crisis the bodies of 34 people, seven of them children, washed up on Turkey’s Aegean coast yester(...)

On a beach in Turkey

It would seem that gradually we become inured to numbers, immune to them. “Millions”, and “hundreds of thousands” lose their meaning and their ability(...)