Two Dutch passports lie in a field among luggage, personal belongings and wreckage from Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 in Grabovo, Ukraine, yesterday.  Photograph: Rob Stothard/Getty Images

It was a busy start for Ireland’s new Minister for Foreign Affairs, Charlie Flanagan as he attended his first EU foreign affairs council yesterday (...)

The Kincora boys’ home in Belfast

The resignation on Monday of William Hague as British foreign secretary pushed a number of other stories – the resignation of Lady Butler-Sloss from t(...)

Cameron’s purge

A reader’s letter yesterday teased UK Prime Minister David Cameron for his reshuffle timing. “When,” it asked, “ will they cease slavishly to mimic(...)

Britain’s new secretary of state for education Nicky Morgan leaves 10 Downing Street after her appointment today. Photograph: Suzanne Plunkett/Reuters

British prime minister David Cameron today pushed through his biggest government shake-up since coming to power in 2010, promoting women and Euroscept(...)

French foreign minister Laurent Fabius said today securing a ceasefire for the Gaza Strip and preventing an escalation of the latest outbreak of host(...)

 Palestinians flee their homes on a horse-drawn carriage and head towards a United Nations school in Gaza City to seek shelter. Photograph: Mohammed Saber/EPA

Thousands of Palestinians fled to United Nations facilities in the Gaza Strip seeking sanctuary after Israel warned them to leave their homes ahead of(...)

A Ukrainian volunteer recruit of battalion “Azov” bids farewell with his girlfriend after an oath of allegiance ceremony in the centre of Kiev, Ukraine, yesterday. Photograph: Sergei Chirikov/EPA

Ukraine’s militants have agreed to suspend fighting, after the White House and European Union foreign ministers told Russia to stop aiding Ukraine’(...)

Daniel Day-Lewis is to  be awarded a knighthood after being named in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list. Photograph: Ian West/PA Wire

Multi-award-winning actor, and Wicklow resident, Daniel Day-Lewis is to be knighted.He is one of more than 1,100 people from the UK and beyond to be r(...)

Queen Elizabeth and Northern Ireland  Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness shake hands, watched by First Minister Peter Robinson, at the Lyric Theatre, Belfast, in June 2012. Photograph: Paul Faith/Getty Images

Former US secretary of state Hillary Clinton said Queen Elizabeth’s handshake with Sinn Féin’s Martin McGuinness in 2012 had been “the most remarkabl(...)

Leadership candidate: Joan Burton. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

‘The leader’s role in election victories and defeats is greatly exaggerated,” says Archie Brown. “In a very, very tight contest the relative popularit(...)