Pope Francis at the UN: he  blamed the “misuse and destruction of the environment” on “a selfish and boundless thirst for power and material prosperity” Photograph: Adrees Latif/Reuters

Pope Francis continued his groundbreaking visit to the US with further strong appeals for action, demanding peace and environmental justice before t(...)

The time has come for a really serious effort to find a political settlement of the Syrian civil war. After more than four years of continuous conflic(...)

Western leaders now say  Syrian president Bashar al-Assad must be involved in peace talks. Photograph: Vahid Salemi/AP Photo

German chancellor Angela Merkel said yesterday that Syrian president Bashar al-Assad must be involved in peace talks – the latest evidence that key we(...)

Former Syrian army fighter jets at the Abu Duhur military airport, the last regime-held military base in northwestern Idlib province, after Al-Qaeda’s Syrian affiliate and its allies seized the base on September 9th in the latest setback for President Bashar al-Assad’s forces. Al-Nusra Front and a coalition of mostly Islamist groups captured the military airport after a siege that lasted two years, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitor said. Photograph: AFP

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan has confirmed entities with ties to al-Qaeda have more than $1.2 million (€1.07 million) frozen in Irish bank acco(...)

 Acting Northern Ireland First Minister Arlene Foster holds a press conference at Stormont on September 21st, 2015 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

The British government must be “pushed” into making compensation available for the victims of Libyan-sponsored IRA terrorism, MLAs have been told. Act(...)

British army soldier standing in front of republican mural depicting Margaret Thatcher’s stand against the hunger strikers in the Maze Prison in 1981. File photograph: Alain Le Garsmeur/Getty Images

A bundle of certificates signed off by the Taoiseach’s office and, in some cases, by Garda special branch, offers a tantalising glimpse of the kind of(...)

US secretary of state John Kerry steps off his plane after arriving at London’s Stansted Airport on Friday. Photograph: Evan Vucci/Pool via The New York Times

US Secretary of State John Kerry said Syria’s president Bashar al-Assad has to go but the timing of his departure should be decided through negotiatio(...)

The Naval Service patrol ship LÉ Niamh rescued 380 people from the Mediterranean on Friday. Photograph: Defence Forces Press Office

The Naval Service patrol ship LÉ Niamh rescued 380 refugees and migrants from the Mediterranean Sea north of Libya during three search and rescue oper(...)

The Irish patrol ship LÉ Niamh successfully rescued 317 men, 11 women and one child about 58km north of Tripoli in Libya on Saturday. Photograph: Guglielmo Mangiapane/Reuters

The Naval Service patrol ship LÉ Niamh arrived at the port of Pozzallo in Sicily at 8.15am on Sunday with 329 refugees and migrants on board after car(...)

A crew member of the Irish Navy vessel LE Niamh holds a baby who was rescued last month. Photograph: Carmelo Imbesi/AP Photo

The Naval Service patrol ship LÉ Niamh is engaging in the rescue of more than 100 refugees and migrants aboard a number of boats north of Libya after (...)