Actress and special envoy of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees Angelina Jolie, speaking at a United Nations Security Council meeting on the Syria conflict. Jolie urged council members to visit refugees in the region. Photograph: Jemal Countess/Getty Images

The United Nations aid chief has urged the UN Security Council to impose an arms embargo and sanctions in Syria for violations of humanitarian law, as(...)

“I think it would be a gross exaggeration to say that the outcome of the summit is anything like satisfactory in terms of saving lives,” said Peter Sutherland, speaking to RTÉ’s Morning Ireland. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/The Irish Times.

The Irish special representative for international migration in the UN Peter Sutherland says EU countries are more concerned with stopping smugglers i(...)

Right: Rescued migrants disembarking off the Italian Guardia Costiera vessel in Sicily on Friday.  Photograph: Alberto Pizzoli/AFP. Left: Adrian Corish

Everyone thought I was crazy when I moved to Africa in 1989. I was going to live in a place with no televisions, no electricity and a high risk of mal(...)

Company commander Comdt Paul Kelly briefing his men before the platoon rotation at UN post 80. “The mission is to ride in a fast, effective and orderly manner,” he tells his section commanders

The dawn sun was doing its best to peek from under low cloud as a chilly early breeze blew across Camp Ziouani. The Mowag armoured personnel carriers (...)

A UN ceasefire observer gives orders.  Photograph: Irish Defence Forces

Commandant David Lavin is the United Nations ceasefire equivalent of a lighthouse keeper.He works at UN observation post No 51 in the Israeli-occupied(...)

 People arrive for a funeral service for migrants on the grounds of the Mater Dei Hospital in the harbour town of Msida in Malta on Thursday. Photograph: EPA 1:00

European Union leaders are discussing plans to double financial sources to save lives in the Mediterranean where hundreds of migrants have drowned in (...)

Capt. Cormac Brady, ahead of departing for UN duty in Syria: “You are worried about any mission but, at the end of the day, it is definitely harder for your partner . . . Goal-setting is hugely important – the half-way mark, the leave period, the planned holiday.”  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

When Cormac Brady wanted to propose to his girlfriend, Hazel McDermott, he decided to do it underwater while they were both scuba-diving in Lanzarote.(...)

Members of the Irish Defence Force  prepare weapons for training at Glen of Imaal (Camp Coolmoney). Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

For two weeks last month, rural west Wicklow became upland western Syria as the Defence Forces tested themselves in a mock-up of the buffer zone betwe(...)

A combination photo shows Mahmud Bikhit (left) and Mohammed Ali Malek, two survivors of the migrant boat disaster, arrested on suspicion of people trafficking. Photograph: Reuters/Italian Police

Italian prosecutors have blamed the Tunisian captain of a fishing boat for causing the deaths of hundreds of migrants locked below decks when his vess(...)

Army personnel prepare live rounds in an exercise involving Mowags. “No deployment plan is going to be generic, you are going to have to have a bespoke solution for everything” 16:01

Military planners have a phrase, “teeth to tail”, which they use to explain what is necessary to put troops on the ground and keep them supplied.Right(...)