Syrians fleeing the northern embattled city of Aleppo wait in Bab-Al Salama, next to the city of Azaz, northern Syria, near the Turkish crossing gate.  Photograph:   Bulent Kilic/AFP/Getty Images

Thousands of Syrians have fled towards the Turkish border to escape a Russian-backed military offensive by president Bashar al-Assad’s forces on Syria(...)

British prime minister David Cameron and German chancellor Angela Merkel at a donor conference in London on Thursday. For European governments, the priority at the conference was to help countries close to Syria to take care of refugees. Photograph: Toby Melville/AFP/Getty Images

Donor nations have pledged more than $10 billion (€8.93 billion) for Syrians affected by the conflict in their country, at a meeting in London that wa(...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel and British prime minister David Cameron listen to speakers at the donors conference for Syria in London. Photograph:  Stefan Rousseau/Reuters

Donor nations pledged on Thursday to give billions of dollars in aid to Syrians as world leaders gathered for a conference to tackle the world’s wors(...)

Two children whose school was bombed in Aleppo pose in a mock-up meant to symbolise a destroyed classroom set up by charity Save the Children outside the Houses of Parliament in London on Wednesday on  eve of a donor conference aiming to raise money for the millions of Syrians hit by the country’s civil war and a refugee crisis. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Germany has pledged to give €2.3 billion in aid to Syria by 2018, including €1.1 billion e this year alone, Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Thursday(...)

Al Zaatari  camp in the Jordanian city of Mafraq. Jordan’s King Abdullah said  his people could not accept any more refugees. Photograph: Muhammad Hamed/Reuters

International aid organisations are on Thursday set to present to a London summit, entitled Supporting Syria and the Region, a new strategy for dealin(...)

 New Taoiseach Enda Kenny  is congratulated by colleagues as he leaves Leinster House to drive to Áras an Uachtaráin to meet with President Mary McAleese. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

The Coalition last month assessed how well it had done in implementing its programme for government. Modest as always, it awarded itself 93 per cent, (...)

European Council president Donald Tusk: warned of “challenging negotiations ahead”. Photograph: Emmanuel Dunand/AFP/Getty Images

The publication of a draft proposal outlining the terms of a new EU relationship for Britain sets the scene for two weeks of intensive negotiations. A(...)

British prime minister David Cameron  during a meeting with European Council president Donald Tusk in Brussels. Photograph: Julien Warnand/Pool/Files/Reuters

European Council president Donald Tusk has warned of “challenging negotiations ahead” as he published a draft settlement for Britain ahead of a refere(...)

President Michael D Higgins at the launch of On the Importance of Ethics report. Photograph: The Irish Times

President Michael D Higgins has warned that essential services must not become a political football in the general election campaign. Asked about th(...)

The premier of Bavaria, Horst Seehofer, speaking during a press conference at the Bavarian representation in Berlin on Friday. Photograph: EPA/Rainer Jensen

Bavarian leader Horst Seehofer has caused alarm and annoyance in Berlin by meeting with Russian president Vladimir Putin in Moscow, amid growing tensi(...)