Palestinian school girls return to their houses in Beit Hanoun town in the northern Gaza Strip. Palestinian officials estimate that 100 lorry loads a day of the entire range of building supplies are needed to reconstruct Gaza. Photograph: Mohammed Salem/Reuters

Egypt opened the Rafah crossing from Sinai into Gaza on Wednesday to permit some of the 6,000 Palestinians stranded outside the coastal strip to re(...)

A Jewish resident in Ramat Shlomo, where there are plans to build 500 new apartments. Photograph: EPA/Jim Hollander

Just across the Israeli concrete separation wall from Bethlehem, construction cranes loom over the blocky stone buildings of Har Homa, one of two big (...)

Former Concern Worldwide chief executive Tom Arnold will next week take up an interim role as coordinator of the United Nations’ Sun Movement,  which  aims at reducing the number of people across the world affected by malnutrition. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times.

Former Concern Worldwide chief executive Tom Arnold will next week take up an interim role as coordinator of a United Nations initiative aimed at r(...)

Palestinians gather yesterday around the remains of a mosque in Khan Younis, in the southern Gaza Strip, that witnesses said was destroyed in an Israeli air strike before a 72-hour truce began.  Photograph: Reuters/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa

An uneasy calm returned to Gaza yesterday as the Palestinian multiparty delegation met Egyptian mediators and the Israeli team engaged with another E(...)

British Prime Minister David Cameron:  made his strongest comments yet on the crisis, saying the UN was right to condemn the shelling of schools as a “moral outrage”. Photograph: Maurizio Gambarini/EPA

Israel counted the international cost of its Gaza offensive yesterday with angry condemnation from France and a British decision to review military(...)

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(...)