This picture released by North Korea’s official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on Sunday shows North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un (C) attending the rocket launch of the earth observation satellite Kwangmyong 4 at an undisclosed location in North Korea. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

North Korea has launched a long-range rocket from its Tongchang-ri station carrying what it said was a satellite, in open defiance of United Nations s(...)

A family rides a motorbike as Syrians flee the northern embattled city of Aleppo on Saturday. Photograph: Bulent Kilic/AFP/Getty Images

Tens of thousands of Syrians sought refuge in Turkey on Saturday, while those who have already made the crossing waited and worried about the fate of(...)

Ukraine’s economy minister Aivaras Abromavicius:  stepped down as economy minister, claiming political  interference. Photograph:  Valentyn Ogirenko/Reuters

Ukraine’s government is on the brink of collapse after the resignation of a leading reformer split the ruling coalition, and deepened western fears t(...)

 Igor Stravinsky  at Dublin Airport in 1963. Photograph: Tommy Collins/The Irish Times

It’s mostly forgotten now, more than half a century on, but John F Kennedy was not the only international celebrity to visit Ireland in June 1963. T(...)

Syrians gather at the site following a reported air strike on the rebel-held neighbourhood of al-Kalasa in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo, on Thursday. Photograph: Thaer Mohammed/AFP/Getty Images

Opposition forces in northern Syria say they are losing their grip on Aleppo as Russian bombardment and advances by pro-Assad militias come close to(...)

UN envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura announces the suspension of peace talks in Geneva on Tuesday. Photograph: Martial Trezzin/Keystone via APi

The main Syrian opposition and government have traded blame for the suspension of UN mediated talks to end the four-year old war in Syria, but sponsor(...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel and British prime minister David Cameron listen to speakers at the donors conference for Syria in London. Photograph:  Stefan Rousseau/Reuters

Donor nations pledged on Thursday to give billions of dollars in aid to Syrians as world leaders gathered for a conference to tackle the world’s wors(...)

Two children whose school was bombed in Aleppo pose in a mock-up meant to symbolise a destroyed classroom set up by charity Save the Children outside the Houses of Parliament in London on Wednesday on  eve of a donor conference aiming to raise money for the millions of Syrians hit by the country’s civil war and a refugee crisis. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Germany has pledged to give €2.3 billion in aid to Syria by 2018, including €1.1 billion e this year alone, Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Thursday(...)

The cockpit wreckage of Flight MH17: on December 15th, Putin signed a  law allowing the Constitutional Court in Moscow to overrule  decisions of international courts where they contradict the principle of supremacy of the Russian constitution. Photograph: Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images

With the findings of the criminal investigation into the Flight MH17 disaster due in mid-year, it’s instructive to see Russia’s president Vladimir Put(...)

Fruit importer Fyffes added 3.41 per cent to end the day at €1.396

European shares fell on Tuesday as oil dropped again and investors weighed earnings from a number of companies, including BP and UBS. Dealers noted(...)