Syrians fleeing the battle for control of Aleppo walk towards the Turkish border at the Bab al-Salam border gate, on February 5th. The districts held by anti-governmetn forces  in Aleppo are a prize they dare not lose. Photograph: Depo Photos via AP

When the battle for Syria’s largest city and commercial hub, Aleppo, began in July 2012, the provincial governor appealed for troops to counter rebel (...)

Syrians fleeing the northern  city of Aleppo wait  in Bab Al-Salam, near the city of Azaz, northern Syria, near the Turkish border crossing. Photograph: Bulent Kilic/AFP/Getty Images

Turkey is under pressure to admit 40,000 Syrians who have been camped on the border between the two countries after fleeing the biggest Syrian governm(...)

Brian Hanley, co-ordinator with the Irish Council for Prisoners Overseas, and Bishop John Kirby , ICPO chaiman,  in  Maynooth, Co Kildare. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

The man stood in the arrivals hall in Dublin Airport, feeling euphoric, but also lost, one of an increasing number of Irish people who are deported ba(...)

BP’s Valhall platform in the Norwegian North Sea. BP is to cut 4,000 jobs globally, with some 600 jobs to be lost on the North Sea. Photograph: EPA/BP

Oil prices tumbled to close to $30 a barrel yesterday, extending a savage new year sell-off as BP axed thousands of jobs and Brazil’s Petrobras cut te(...)

 Front Line Defenders executive director, Mary Lawlor  at the launch of ‘Stop the Killings - Front Line Defenders Annual Report 2016’. Photograph:  Conor McCabe Photography.

Ireland should speak up more strongly against human rights abuses in countries where it has political or strategic interests, an advocacy group has sa(...)

The EU’s high representative for foreign policy, Federica Mogherini,  has reiterated the EU’s opposition to the death penalty “in all circumstances” and expressed her concern at the risk of sectarian violence escalating in the Muslim world.  File photograph: Julien Warnand/EPA

The European Union has urged regional powers in the Middle East to “act responsibly” amid mounting concerns over the escalation of tensions in the reg(...)

Spain heads the list of countries where Irish citizens are most likely to run into trouble with police, according to figures from the past five years (...)

Iranian president Hassan Rouhani. The escalating dispute centres on the types of missile that the Islamic Republic is allowed to develop and whether they are capable of, or designed to, carry nuclear warheads. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani has ordered his defence minister to expand Iran’s missile programme, in defiance of a US threat to impose sanctions ov(...)

Flames rip through the Address Downtown hotel after it was hit by a massive fire, near the world’s tallest tower, Burj Khalifa, in Dubai, on December 31st, 2015. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

A 63-storey skyscraper in downtown Dubai engulfed by fire on Thursday night has been evacuated and the blaze is 90 per cent under control, authorities(...)

The Willows in Blackrock: the United Arab Emirates bought it in 2012 for about €5 million, some 70 per cent down from its original €16.5 million asking price in 2008

Many countries with an established state presence in Ireland have for decades amassed some of the capital’s most valuable properties. Few have sold u(...)