Sympathisers put a candle  outside the French ambassador’s residence in Dublin. Ireland should not be shy about making its  experience and position known. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Basing our response to Friday’s attacks in Paris on a long-held and comfortable self-image of Ireland as a non-aligned, benevolent country could le(...)

Muhammed Hassan Abdullah al-Jibouri, one of the 69 hostages freed from an Islamic State prison last week by Kurdish and US forces, sobs while recalling the execution of his brother by his captors. He was speaking in Salahaddin, Iraq, on Tuesday. Photograph: Michael R Gordon/New York Times

Muhammad Hassan Abdullah al-Jibouri had long ago lost hope that he would ever make it out of Islamic State’s jail alive, and he had not even seen the(...)

A man adjusts a religious motif on a Tazia (miniature replicas of shrine) ahead of the festival of Ashura in Karachi, Pakistan. Photograph: Akhtar Soomro/Reuters

A suicide bombing at a Shia Muslim mosque killed at least 10 people in the Pakistani province of Baluchistan on Thursday, officials said, raising fear(...)

People have been accused of collaboration for having a picture of Syrian president Bashar al-Assad on their phones, according to one source. Photograph: EPA

Gunmen have abducted 230 civilians, including at least 60 Christians, in a central Syrian town hours after it fell to Islamic State, according to the (...)

Matthew VanDyke: busy sending US military veterans to train Iraqis on the other side of the fight

The last time Matthew VanDyke saw US journalist James Foley, they were running through war-torn Aleppo in Syria avoiding snipers. Foley became the mo(...)

Medics and security forces gather inside Imam Sadiq mosque following a suicide bombing in al-Sawaber, Kuwait City. Photograph: Raed Qutena/EPA

Kuwait has arrested several people on suspicion of involvement in the bombing of a Shia Muslim mosque on Friday that killed 27 people, a security sour(...)

Kuwaiti men react at the site of a suicide bombing that targeted the Shia Al-Imam al-Sadeq mosque during Friday prayers on Friday in Kuwait City. Photograph: Yasser Al-Zayyatyasser/AFP/Getty Images

A suicide bomber killed 25 people when he blew himself up inside a packed Shia Muslim mosque in Kuwait city during Friday prayers, the interior minis(...)

Dust thrown up by shelling is seen near the presidential palace during clashes between the Yemeni army and Houthi fighters in Sanaa . Photograph: Khaled Abdullah/Reuters

The Yemeni army and Houthi fighters waged artillery and gunbattles near the presidential palace in Sanaa on Monday in the most intense clashes since t(...)

Yehya Chaker Charkieh (left), the millionth Syrian refugee in Lebanon, speaks to a representative at the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Tripoli, northern Lebanon, today. Photograph: Omar Ibrahim/Reuters

The number of Syrian refugees who have fled to Lebanon officially topped 1 million today, highlighting the growing humanitarian catastrophe cau(...)

A man has a child sitting on his shoulders as people gather on Lenin Square after the end of a referendum in Simferopol, Crimea. More than 90 per cent of Crimeans voted for the Ukrainian region’s accession to Russia, according to an exit poll. Photograph: Hannibal Hannschke/EPA

Crimeans have voted overwhelmingly to break away from Ukraine and join Russia in a referendum today that has alarmed the former Soviet republic(...)