Migrants queue after disembarking from the Royal Navy ship HMS Bulwark upon their arrival in the port of Catania on the coast of Sicily. Photograph: Giovanni Isolino/AFP/Getty Images.

The European Union claims it has turned a new page in its battle to quell the Mediterranean migration crisis, as officials announced the long-awaited (...)

A hippopotamus walks across a flooded street in Tbilisi. Photograph: Beso Gulashvili/Reuters 1:43

Georgian police were last night searching the mud-clogged streets of the capital, Tbilisi, for animals that escaped from the city’s zoo during flas(...)

The EU-wide initiative supported by Dublin could be complicated by recent moves by the US Congress to link negotiations on a US-EU trade deal to the debate on the settlements. Photograph: Getty Images

The Government expects EU action on the labelling of goods from illegal West Bank settlements despite a move in Washington that could stymie the Europ(...)

Danish prime minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt – flanked by British PM David Cameron – whose decision to call an early general election marks the latest spate of electoral activity across Europe. Photograph: Francois Lenoir/AP Photo

The surprise decision by Danish prime minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt on Wednesday to call an early general election next month marks the latest spate(...)

Palestinian workers disembark from an Israeli bus at the Eyal crossing near the West Bank town of Qalqilya on Wednesday. Photograph: AFP Photo/Menahem Kahana

Israel has shelved a plan for separate buses for Jewish settlers and Palestinians in the West Bank following criticism that compared the scheme to a(...)

EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini at a meeting of EU foreign and defence ministers  in Brussels. The bloc has agreed a naval mission targeting people smugglers in the Mediterranean. Photograph: Francois Lenoir/Reuters

The EU has agreed a naval mission in the Mediterranean to target gangs smuggling migrants from Libya, but parts of a broader plan to deal with the inf(...)

Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu: government has a majority of only one in the 120-member Knesset. Photograph: Gali Tibbongali/AFP/Getty Images

Israel’s new government was sworn in last night but only after a two-hour delay in the Knesset vote as prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu scrambled t(...)

Two of nine sub-Saharan migrants who were rescued while trying to reach Tarifa’s coast in Cadiz, Andalusia, Spain, this week. Many migrants are encouraged to undertake the sea crossing by traffickers, who charge extortionate sums. Photograph: EPA

Ireland is to resettle 300 refugees as part of a European Union resettlement programme announced yesterday but has yet to decide on whether to partici(...)

Under EU law, Ireland and Britain have an automatic opt-out on most EU justice and home affairs legislation, which covers migration and asylum issues, but in practice it opts in to many of these measures. Photograph: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images.

Ireland is to take 272 migrants per 20,000 under a mandatory resettlement programme for migrants proposed by the European Commission today. However, t(...)

A British  navy  landing craft transporting migrants back to HMS Bulwark after their rescue in the Mediterranean Sea. Photograph: MoD/PA Wire

Britain’s interior minister Theresa May has criticised the European Union’s approach to stemming the flow of migrants crossing the Mediterranean int(...)