Prof Michael O’Flaherty,  director of the  EU Agency for Fundamental Rights. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónailln

After last year’s departure of Catherine Day as secretary general of the European Commission, there were fears that Ireland’s presence in the upper ra(...)

Syrian children take part in a rally in solidarity with Aleppo, in the Lebanese northern port city of Tripoli, on Sunday. More than a week of fighting in Syria’s second city has killed hundreds of civilians and left a UN-backed peace process hanging by a thread. Concern has been growing that the fighting in Aleppo will lead to the complete collapse of a landmark ceasefire between president Bashar al-Assad’s regime and non-jihadist rebels that was brokered by Moscow and Washington. Photograph: Ibrahim Chalhoub/AFP/Getty Images

Washington and Moscow said on Monday they were working hard to extend a truce in Syria to Aleppo, the divided northern city where a sharp escalation o(...)

Security and forensic officials and medics investigate around the remains of a car after an explosion outside a police station in Gaziantep, Turkey, on Sunday. Photograph: AP

Two police officers were killed and 23 people wounded in a suicide car bomb attack on police headquarters in the south-eastern Turkish city of Gaziant(...)

 Delegates hold up their voting cards during the party convention of the Alternative for Germany (AfD) in Stuttgart, Germany. Photograph: Marijan Murat/EPA

Members of Germany’s anti-immigration party Alternative for Germany (AfD) on Sunday backed an election manifesto that says Islam is not compatible wit(...)

Tribute: a Turkish flag hangs in front of a makeshift memorial after the suicide attack in Istanbul last month. Photograph: Yasin Akgul/AFP/Getty Images

With summer on the horizon, many are wondering whether holidaying in Turkey is a good idea this year. For Irish sunseekers Turkey has for decades b(...)

Some 8,592 migrants were rescued last year by the LÉ Eithne, LÉ Niamh and LÉ Samuel Beckett. Photograph: David Jones/Irish Defence Forces/PA Wire

The Naval Service patrol ship LÉ Róisín is to set sail on Sunday on humanitarian rescue duty in the Mediterranean. The ship under the command of Lieu(...)

Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan  is greeted by Croatian prime minister Tihomir Oreskovic outside the government building in Zagreb, on Wednesday: Mr Erdogan is known for his readiness to take legal action over perceived slurs. Photograph:  AFP/Getty Images

A Turkish court sentenced two journalists to two years in jail for blasphemy on Thursday, their newspaper said, after they reprinted a controversial c(...)

Turkish lawmakers push each other on the assembly floor in Ankara, Turkey. Photograph: AP Photo

Brawls between lawmakers from Turkey’s ruling AK Party and the pro-Kurdish opposition have delayed efforts to pass legislation on a migration deal wit(...)

File photograph of Turkish police. An explosion in the northwestern Turkish city of Bursa on Wednesday was caused by a female suicide bomber, sources have said. File photograph: Sertac Kayar/Reuters

An explosion in the northwestern Turkish city of Bursa on Wednesday was caused by a female suicide bomber, a security source and a senior government o(...)

Migrants and refugees  arrive on the islan of Kos, Greece. A second group of Syrian refugees is being flown  into Northern Ireland as part of the British government’s vulnerable persons’ relocation scheme. Photograph: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

Gerry Moriarty Northern Editor A second group of Syrian refugees is flying into Northern Ireland on Thursday as part of the British government’s vul(...)