Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan who is due to attend an  EU foreign ministers’ to discuss the situation in the Middle East. Photograph: The Irish Times

Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan has said his preference is for a Fine Gael-Labour coalition after the general election, but warned of a (...)

Iranian schoolgirls attend President Hassan Rouhani’s speech to parliament before presenting the proposed annual budget in Tehran on Sunday. Photograph: Atta Kenare/AFP/Getty Images

European Union officials will visit Iran as early as next month to explore possible energy links, the EU’s energy commissioner said yesterday, as the(...)

Omaima, Fatima and Somaia Halawa, sisters of Ibrahim Halawa, who is currently in prison in Egypt. Mr Halawa is to go on trial in Egypt on Sunday, along with 493 others who were caught up in violent protests in Cairo against the authorities. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

The family of Ibrahim Halawa has called on Taoiseach Enda Kenny to intervene and have him released from jail in Egypt. Mr Halawa (19) goes on trial on(...)

 Iranian foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and  US secretary of state John Kerry at the talks between the E3+3 (France, Germany, Britain, China, Russia, USA) and Iran in Vienna, Austria. Photograph: Roland Schlager/EPA

Iran and six powers failed for a second time this year to resolve a 12-year dispute over Tehran’s nuclear ambitions and gave themselves seven more mo(...)

 US secretary of state John Kerry (left), EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs Catherine Ashton (centre) and Iranian foreign minister Javad Zarif (right ), during the talks on Saturday night. Photograph: EPA

World powers and Iran are struggling overcome the differences preventing them from ending a 12-year standoff over Tehran’s atomic ambitions, raising(...)

Dutch investigators work at the site where the downed Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 crashed in the Donetsk region of eastern Ukraine, yesterday. Photograph: Maxim Zmeyev/Reuters

in Brussels The European Union agreed to add new names to its sanction list at a meeting of EU foreign ministers in Brussels yesterday but stopped sh(...)

US secretary of state John Kerry shakes hands with Oman’s foreign minister Yussef bin Alawi as EU envoy Catherine Ashton and Iran’s foreign minister Javad Zarif watch before talks on Tehran’s nuclear programme began in Muscat on Sunday.  Photograph: Nicholas Kamm/Reuters

Iran, the United States and the European Union ended two days of high-level talks on Tehran’s nuclear programme today with no immediate sign they had (...)

A member of a local electoral commission takes part in the preparations for this weekend’s election, with stickers displaying symbols of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic. Photograph: Maxim Zmeyev/Reuters

in Donetsk Ukraine’s leaders have made a breakthrough in talks to form a new coalition government and clinched a winter gas deal with Russia, as sep(...)

David O’Sullivan: the  chief operating officer of the European Union’s diplomatic corps, the European External Action Service

Sitting in his office in the European External Action Services (EEAS) headquarters in central Brussels, David O’Sullivan apologises for the bareness o(...)

An employee of a factory tries on special Ebola gear in Berkel en Rodenrijs, The Netherlands. The WHO has declared Nigeria Ebola free after a 42 day period with no new cases elapsed. Photograph: Remko De Waal/EPA

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has declared Nigeria Ebola free after a 42 day period with no new cases elapsed.“Nigeria is now free of Ebola,” WH(...)