Militants are seen on the Syrian side of the Quneitra border crossing between the Israeli-controlled Golan Heights and Syria yesterday. Photograph: Reuters

A firefight erupted today between a group of Philippine peacekeepers trapped in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights and Islamist militants who were s(...)

Pio Fitzgerald: “When I was standing on the flight deck [of a Boeing 747 from Shannon to New York] at the age of five I knew I wanted to be involved in airplanes. It captured my imagination.”

It’s not many of us that can claim to have decided on our career choice – and later fulfilled it – at the age of just five, but for Kerryman Pio Fi(...)

Royal Malay Regiment army personnel in Kuala Lumpur  carry a coffin to a waiting Royal Malaysia Airforce aircraft so it can be flown to the home town of the  victim of the MH17 plane disaster. A flight arrived from Amsterdam this morning carrying the remains of 20 Malaysians who were aboard the flight which was downed over Ukraine last month. Photograph: Azhar Rahim/EPA.

The bodies of 20 Malaysians killed when a jet was shot down over Ukraine in July have arrived in Kuala Lumpur. It was the first repatriation of victim(...)

The Ireland team and coaches prior to departing for the World Rowing championships, which start on the  Bosbaan course outside Amsterdam on Sunday.

Rain and wind are likely to greet the Ireland team as they take on the Bosbaan course in Amsterdam at the World Championships, which begin on Sunday. (...)

Dutch finance minister Jeroen Dijsselbloem: said the growth figures were “hopeful but the recovery is still fragile”

New car sales in the Netherlands will hit a 45-year low this year, the industry said yesterday, as the Dutch government was warned any worsening of un(...)

 Dutch racing driver Max Verstappen prior to the Formula 3 Zandvoort Masters in Zandvoort, The Netherlands. Verstappen is set to become Formula One’s youngest driver ever. He will join the Toro Rosso team in 2015. Photograph:  Sander Koning/EPA

Max Verstappen has been warned that senior Formula One drivers will not be happy to see the teenager lining up on the grid with them next season.The (...)

Malaysia has today declared a national day of mourning on August 22nd next, when 16 bodies from Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17, downed over eastern Uk(...)

Voting at the ECB

The European Central Bank (ECB), and its governing council, which sets interest rates and decides monetary policy, will in 2015 adopt different voting(...)

Dutch, Australian and Malaysian members of the repatriation mission of the MH17 plane crash get ready for departure to the Netherlands at the airport in Kharkiv, Ukraine today. Photograph: Jerry Lampen/ EPA

The Dutch-led forensic team working on the remains of the passengers of Malaysia Airlines flight 17 has identified 23 victims so far.Justice Ministry (...)

Dutch foreign minister Frans Timmermans: Russian law promoted ‘a climate of homophobia”, which would “stigmatise” LGBT individuals and inevitably lead to discrimination against them. Photograph: Lex van Lieshout/EPA

The Dutch government is to make it substantially easier for gay people in Russian to apply for political asylum in the Netherlands, warning that th(...)