A resident of Tabqa city touring the streets on a motorcycle waves an Islamist flag in celebration after Islamic State militants took over Tabqa air base, in nearby Raqqa city August 24, 2014. Islamic State militants stormed the air base in northeast Syria on Sunday, capturing most of it from government forces after days of fighting over the strategic location, a witness and a monitoring group said. Fighting raged inside the walls of the Tabqa air base, the Syrian army's last foothold in an area otherwise controlled by IS, which has seized large areas of Syria and Iraq. REUTERS/Stringer   (SYRIA - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST CONFLICT TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)

A few months ago few in the West had heard of Isis, the Sunni militants known at different times as Islamic State in Iraq and Syria and as Islamic (...)

Peter Sutherland: Europe’s populist parties have been allowed  to frame migration as “people getting over borders” when it is more complex than that. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

UN special representative for migration Peter Sutherland has called on incoming European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker to establish a commi(...)

A damaged aircraft is pictured after shelling at Tripoli International Airport August yesterday. Unidentified war planes attacked targets in Libya’s capital, residents said, hours after forces from the city of Misrata said they had seized the main airport. Photograph: Reuters

Attackers have fired rockets at eastern Libya’s Labraq airport, targeting one of the oil producer’s few functioning air hubs as violence between armed(...)

Smoke fills the sky over Tripoli after fighting between rival militias on Saturday. Photograph: EPA

Unidentified war planes attacked targets in Libya’s capital Tripoli this morning, residents said, hours after forces from the city of Misrata said the(...)

Smoke fills the sky over Tripoli after fighting between rival militias. Photograph: EPA/STR

Libya lurched closer to fragmentation and civil war at the weekend after Islamist-led militias seized the airport in the capital, proclaimed their own(...)

A file image of migrants sitting on a boat during a rescue operation by the Italian navy some 60km off the coast of Libya earlier this month. Photograph: Marina Militare/Handout via Reuters

More than 250 migrants may have died when a boat sank a kilometre (half a mile) off the Libyan coast, a coastguard official said today.“We believe the(...)

A file image of migrants sitting on a boat during a rescue operation by the Italian navy some 60km off the coast of Libya earlier this month. Photograph: Marina Militare/Handout via Reuters

A wooden boat carrying up to 200 migrants has sunk just one kilometre off the Libyan coast with most of the passengers feared drowned.The local coast (...)

Outgoing UN human rights commissioner Navi Pillay giving  an interview  in her office in Geneva earlier this month. Photograph: Ruben Sprich/Reuters.

Outgoing UN rights chief Navi Pillay last night rebuked the UN security council for putting short-term geopolitical concerns and narrowly-defined nati(...)

Éamon de Valera in custody following the 1916 Rising

Former taoiseach John Bruton sparked controversy recently by questioning the necessity of the 1916 Rising. More to the point, however, were the “he(...)

German minister of defence Ursula von der Leyen and German minister for foreign Affairs Frank-Walter Steinmeier at a press conference in Berlin yesterday. Photograph: EPA/Maurizio Gambarini

Berlin is ready to arm Kurdish forces fighting Islamic State militants in northern Iraq, the defence and foreign ministers announced yesterday.As the (...)