Minister for Development Seán Sherlock said Ireland’s contribution would fund humanitarian supplies, health, education, water and sanitation services, as well as measures to protect children. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Ireland will provide €12 million in funding and emergency supplies to help people affected by the humanitarian crisis in Syria, Minister of State for(...)

Chinese soldiers  keep watch as Chinese people prepare to depart for their country during an evacuation from Yemen at a sea port in the western port city of Hodeidah, on Monday. China said  it was sending a naval fleet to help evacuate its citizens from Yemen  after Saudi Arabia launched airstrikes on its southern neighbour last week. Photograph: EPA

An air strike killed at least 40 people at a camp for displaced people in north Yemen yesterday, humanitarian workers said, in an attack that apparen(...)

Soldiers and Houthi fighters inspect the damage caused by air strikes on the airport of Yemen’s northwestern city of Saada, a Houthi stronghold near the Saudi border, on Monday. Fighter jets attacked the Yemeni capital of Sanaa, residents said. Photograph: Reuters

Iran-allied Houthi militiamen pushed into the northeastern suburbs of the Yemeni port city of Aden on Monday amid heavy clashes with loyalists of pre(...)

A member of the Iraqi security forces stands inside a damaged house in the southern entrance of the city of Tikrit on Sunday. Photograph:  Ahmad al-Rubaye/Getty Images

The decision by Iraqi prime minister Haidar al-Abadi to request US air strikes against Islamic State (IS) fighters entrenched at the heart of the stra(...)

The Netherlands prime minister Mark Rutte: his party has just produced a seven-page position paper suggesting it’s time for Europe to close its borders to refugees and asylum-seekers. Photograph: Thierry Charlier/AFP/Getty Images

It’s indicative of what a hot topic immigration has become in the Netherlands that prime minister Mark Rutte’s Liberal Party has just produced a seven(...)

Israel’s prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu: “The Iran-Lausanne-Yemen axis is dangerous for mankind and must be stopped.” Photograph: Uri Lenz/Reuters

Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu has warned that the emerging nuclear deal with Iran confirms all Israel’s fears and exceeds them.“Even as me(...)

Two members of GOAL’s Syrian staff have suffered serious injuries following an air strike in northern Syria. Pictures shows the aftermath of an air strike near Tikrit from Friday. Photograph: Reuters

Two members of GOAL’s Syrian staff have suffered serious injuries following an air strike in northern Syria. One of the staff members is in a critical(...)

Arab League secretary general Nabil Elaraby (l) and Egypt’s foreign minister Sameh Shoukry answer questions from journalists during a news conference after the closing session of the Arab Summit in Sharm el-Sheikh. Photograph: Amr Abdallah Dalsh/Reuters

Arab leaders at a summit in Egypt announced the formation of a unified military force to counter growing security threats from Yemen to Libya, and as(...)

Members of the Tunisian armed forces stand guard during the closing event of the 14th World Social Forum (WSF), Tunis, Tunisia. Photograph: Mohamed Mesara

Tens of thousands of Tunisians marched through the capital in a show of solidarity against Islamist militants on Sunday, hours after the government sa(...)

Rebel fighters from Suqour al-Sham Brigade fire their weapons towards forces loyal to Syria’s president Bashar al-Assad that are fleeing Idlib city. Photograph: Mohamad Bayoush/Reuters

Islamic fighters led by al-Qaeda’s branch in Syria have seized almost full control of the north-western city of Idlib, taking over major roundabouts a(...)