Ukrainian servicemen at a checkpoint near Luhansk village, not far from Debaltseve, Donetsk area, Ukraine, on Tuesday. Lithuania has decided to restore compulsory military service for young men as tensions in Ukraine continue to worry the small Baltic nation. Photograph: Anastasia Vlasova/Reuters

Lithuania has decided to restore compulsory military service for young men as tensions in Ukraine continue to worry the small Baltic nation.After a me(...)

A tank of pro-Russian separatists on the road from Donetsk to Novoazovsk, Mariupol district, in Ukraine  on Tuesday. A ceasefire deal for the country is in limbo after international talks only highlighted disagreement over the plan. Photograph: Andrey Borodulin/AFP/Getty Images

A ceasefire deal for Ukraine is in limbo after international talks only highlighted disagreement over the plan, and Washington accused Moscow of lyin(...)

A man jailed for possessing a suitcase full of cannabis will find out next Tuesday whether his conviction will be quashed. Photograph: Alessandro Bianchi/Reuters.

A man jailed for possessing a suitcase full of cannabis will find out next Tuesday whether his conviction will be quashed.Remigijus Tuma (32), with an(...)

The Ballyturk Group at The Irish Times Theatre Awards: Clive Welsh, Teho Teardo, John Crumlish, Eamonn Fox, Sophie Flynn, Anne Clarke, Paul Fahy, Stephen Rea, Tom Rohan, Helen Atkinson, Jamie Vartan and Val Sherlock. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times. 3:30

“I’ve known him longer than I’ve known my husband,” said Irish stage, television and film actor Sinéad Cusack of her friend Stephen Rea backstage a(...)

British defence secretary Michael Fallon said Russian president Vladimir Putin was a “real and present danger“ to Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania and Nato was getting ready to repel any aggression.  Photograph: Lisa Maree Williams/Getty Images.

Senior Western officials accused Russia on Thursday of redrawing the map of Europe by force and posing a threat to the Baltic states.Russian president(...)

Phil Hogan: the commissioner is hoping to reach a deal with US negotiators before March 2016. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

Ireland’s EU commissioner Phil Hogan is urging American negotiators working on the proposed EU-US trade deal to “get on with it” and reach agreement (...)

A Ukrainian serviceman jumps off a tank damaged during fighting with pro-Russian separatist forces outside Debaltseve, eastern Ukraine, on Tuesday. Photograph: Reuters/Alexei Chernyshev

Poland has indicated it is willing to back the US on supplying defensive arms to Ukraine should today’s planned talks with Russia in Minsk fail to bri(...)

Journalists waiting for a meeting of the four-way summit on eastern Ukraine in Minsk, Belarus, on Tuesday. Photograph: Reuters/Vasily Fedosenko

Western powers have vowed swiftly to toughen their stance against Russia over the conflict in Ukraine if they judge that today’s peace talks are a fa(...)

Belgium’s Didier Reynders (centre) with Finland’s Erkki Tuomioja  and Ireland’s  Charlie Flanagan during an EU foreign affairs council in Brussel. Photograph: Emmanuel  Dunand/AFP/Getty Images

The European Union agreed to postpone the addition of new names to the Russia sanction list yesterday, pending the outcome of the latest Franco-Germ(...)

Forty-five potential trafficking victims were discovered in Northern Ireland last year. They claimed they were subjected to domestic servitude, labour or sexual exploitation, the National Crime Agency (NCA) said

Forty-five potential trafficking victims were discovered in Northern Ireland last year.They claimed they were subjected to domestic servitude, labour (...)