Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan said he had spoken over the phone to UN secretary general Ban ki-Moon about the ongoing conflict in Gaza. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan has said the United Nations secretary general and himself have agreed that security issues and an end to(...)

Pro-Russian protesters attend a rally in front of the occupied regional administration building in Slaviansk, east Ukraine yesterday. Russia continued to deny any involvement with unrest in the region, foreign minister Sergei Lavrov saying: “We don’t interfere in Ukraine’s internal affairs.” Photograph: Roman Pilipey/EPA

Pro-Russian separatists intensified their hold on key cities in eastern Ukraine yesterday, defying a deadline imposed by the Ukrainian government t(...)

 Pro-Russian supporters march during a rally in Odessa, Ukraine, today. Photograph: Volodymyr Petrov/EPA

Ukraine has given pro-Russian separatists a Monday morning deadline to disarm or face a “full-scale anti-terrorist operation” by its armed for(...)

Chadian soldiers sit with guns on a vehicle as they drive in Bangui at the weekend. Photograph: Goran Tomasevic/Reuters

UN secretary general Ban Ki-Moon stopped in the Central African Republic (CAR) on his way to today’s commemoration in Kigali of the 20th annive(...)

Minister of State for Trade and Development Joe Costello: said the Brussels summit aimed to establish a new relationship between Africa and the EU.

The European Union’s announcement that it is deploying 1,000 troops to the Central African Republic after months of delays topped the agenda at yes(...)

Syrian soldiers  in Yabroud town, rural Damascus, over the weekend. Photograph: EPA/Sana handout

The Syrian army, bolstered by fighters from Lebanon’s Hizbullah movement, yesterday captured the insurgent st(...)

Free Syrian Army soldiers in the town of Morek in Hama province. The force is supported by Turkey’s fundamentalist prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Photograph: Reuters/Rasem Ghareeb

UN secretary general Ban Ki-Moon has marked the third anniversary of the beginning of the Syrian conflict by calling upon the international com(...)

The Nallur Kandasawmy temple in Jaffna, a major Tamil shrine. Photograph: Tom Farrell

It is a rainy evening as worshippers gather at the Nallur Kandaswamy Temple, one of the most important Hindu shrines in Sri Lanka. Located just(...)

Seamus O’Connor of Ireland competes in the Men’s Slopestyle qualification during the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Rosa Khutor Extreme Parka. Photograph: Cameron Spencer/Getty Images

In a €520 million stadium that will be used for the opening and closing ceremonies and then a couple of times a year between now and the 2018 World Cu(...)

Three years ago the uprising in Tunis sparked off the Arab Spring. On Sunday, after a difficult transition that saw sometimes violent conflict between(...)