US Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter and US ambassador to France Jane Hartley, pay tribute to the victims of November 13th terror attacks in Paris, at the Place de la Republique. Photograph: Jacques Demarthon/AFP/Getty Images

The French writer and statesman André Malraux allegedly predicted that “the 21st century will be a century of religion or it will not be at all.” Th(...)

Vehicles on fire outside the Splendid Hotel in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso during a siege by Islamist gunmen. Photograph: Reuters

Security forces in Burkina Faso retook a hotel in the capital on Saturday a day after al-Qaeda fighters seized it in an assault that killed two dozen (...)

A Malian police officer stands guard in front of the Radisson hotel in Bamako. A UN official  was quoted as saying that peacekeepers aiding Malian soldiers had seen 27 bodies littering two floors.  Photograph: Joe Penney/Reuters

Islamist gunmen stormed a hotel in Mali’s capital Bamako yesterday, killing more than 20 people after taking 170 hostages, including many foreigners(...)

French president Francois Hollande speaks to journalists upon his arrival in Algiers. Paris and Algiers are enjoying a period of exceptionally good relations. Photograph: Zohra Bensemra/Reuters

The leaders of France and Algeria doubtless rejoiced in the reported killing of Algerian jihadist Mokhtar Belmokhtar when they met in president Abdela(...)

The LE Aoife  was launched in 1979 and has travelled over 600,000 nautical miles in the course of fish protection patrols and other missions.

Ireland is proceeding with the planned donation of the LE Aoife to Malta to assist in humanitarian work despite reports that members of the armed forc(...)

The LE Aoife in Dun Laoghaire. File Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Ireland has agreed to donate the recently decommissioned LE Aoife to the Maltese armed forces as part of an agreement reached between the two countrie(...)

Aid agencies have assessed that 78 million people are in need of assistance. Above, a displaced boy, who fled from Islamic State violence in Mosul, stands in refugee camp on the outskirts of the Kurdish city of Arbil. Photograph:  Azad Lashkari/Reuters

Struggling to cope with record numbers of victims of conflict, the United Nations appealed Monday for $16.4 billion (€13.3 billion) to finance humanit(...)

French soldiers in Mali. Paris had hoped to move the force to target Islamist groups operating between southern Libya, northern Chad and northern Niger.  Photograph: AP

France has delayed plans to redeploy 3,000 soldiers to fight militants across Africa’s Sahel region, saying it first needs to help deal with a fresh o(...)

People gather to greet France’s president Francois Hollande in Timbuktu on February 2nd, 2013, afer French forces had retaken the desert city from Islamist rebels. France is to deploy thousands of its troops across the region to better fight Islamist militancy. Photograph:  Benoit Tessier/Reuters

A French soldier has been killed in northern Mali as France prepares to deploy thousands of its troops across the region to better fight Islamist mil(...)

France’s President Francois Hollande (left) speaks with Mali’s interim President Dioncounda Traore at the Donor Conference  in Brussels. Photograph: Reuters

The European Union yesterday pledged an extra €520 million in international aid to Mali over the next two years, with Ireland committing €2.5 m(...)