Irish UN personnel on patrol in the Golan Heights in 2013.

On Saturday, Irish troops exchanged fire with Islamist insurgents in Syria. In a dramatic rescue, Irish troops of the 44th Infantry Group extracted 35(...)

Israeli justice  minister  Tzipi Livni:   “We took a place that was not controversial and turned it into a place that was controversial.”  Photograph:  Gali Tibbon/AFP/Getty Images

Israel’s doveish justice minister Tzipi Livni has criticised the government’s decision to appropriate a large swath of West Bank land near Bethlehem, (...)

A child cries in a military helicopter after being evacuated by Iraqi forces from Amerli, north of Baghdad. The United Nations has agreed to send investigators to Iraq to examine crimes being committed by Islamic State militants on ‘an unimaginable scale’, with a view to holding perpetrators to account. Photograph: Reuters.

The United Nations has agreed to send investigators to Iraq to examine crimes being committed by Islamic State militants on “an unimaginable scale”(...)

Members of the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force  ride armoured personnel carriers  past Israel soldiers in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights before crossing into Syria yesterday. Photograph: Baz Ratner/Reuters

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said the UN mandate under which Irish troops are serving in the Golan Heights will have to be re-evaluated in light of deteri(...)

A girl has been arrested at Nice airport. File photograph: Wikimedia

A 16-year-old girl suspected of trying to reach Syria to join Islamist rebels has been arrested in the southeastern city of Nice, France’s interior mi(...)

Israeli soldiers observe the Syrian side of the Quneitra border crossing between the Israeli-controlled Golan Heights and Syria yesterday. Photograph: Reuters

Irish troops evacuated 35 UN peacekeepers from a Syrian camp this morning as al Qaeda-linked Syrian rebels surrounded a number of encampments in the (...)

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(...)

US president Barack Obama discusses possible action against ISIS in a White House press briefing. Photograph: Alex Wong/Getty Images

US president Barack Obama has said that he had not yet developed a strategy to combat Islamic State militants, months after the jihadist army, former(...)

Prof Brigid Laffan, who told Daniel O’Connell Summer School: “We in Ireland have a deep love for the UN ... but it is deeply flawed in its ability to maintain peace and security in the world”

Ireland should change its position on military neutrality and replace the current Triple Lock policy with a Double Lock policy involving just Irish i(...)

A resident of Tabqa city touring the streets on a motorcycle waves an Islamist flag in celebration after Islamic State militants took over Tabqa air base, in nearby Raqqa city August 24, 2014. Islamic State militants stormed the air base in northeast Syria on Sunday, capturing most of it from government forces after days of fighting over the strategic location, a witness and a monitoring group said. Fighting raged inside the walls of the Tabqa air base, the Syrian army's last foothold in an area otherwise controlled by IS, which has seized large areas of Syria and Iraq. REUTERS/Stringer   (SYRIA - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST CONFLICT TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)

A few months ago few in the West had heard of Isis, the Sunni militants known at different times as Islamic State in Iraq and Syria and as Islamic (...)