The first person to be charged with the war crime of destroying religious or historical monuments as part of an Islamist campaign against idolatry was(...)

Shaker Aamer: said he was originally seized by bounty hunters while working as a charity worker in Afghanistan in 2001 shortly after the 9/11 attacks. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Shaker Aamer, the last British resident to be held in Guantanamo Bay, is to be released after more than 13 years in detention without charge. T(...)

Western leaders now say  Syrian president Bashar al-Assad must be involved in peace talks. Photograph: Vahid Salemi/AP Photo

German chancellor Angela Merkel said yesterday that Syrian president Bashar al-Assad must be involved in peace talks – the latest evidence that key we(...)

Former Syrian army fighter jets at the Abu Duhur military airport, the last regime-held military base in northwestern Idlib province, after Al-Qaeda’s Syrian affiliate and its allies seized the base on September 9th in the latest setback for President Bashar al-Assad’s forces. Al-Nusra Front and a coalition of mostly Islamist groups captured the military airport after a siege that lasted two years, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitor said. Photograph: AFP

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan has confirmed entities with ties to al-Qaeda have more than $1.2 million (€1.07 million) frozen in Irish bank acco(...)

Pope Francis waves from the Popemobile after his arrival in Havana. Photograph: Adalberto Roque/EPA

Pope Francis hailed the restoration of relations between the US and Cuba as a victory for the culture of engagement and dialogue after he landed in Ha(...)

 Men help an injured boy who survived what activists said were airstrikes by forces loyal to Syria’s president Bashar al-Assad, in the Douma neighborhood of Damascus in late August. Although international attention has turned to Islamic State atrocities, the country’s war has been far more destructive and deadly.  Photograph: Bassam Khabieh/Reuters

Every morning, at the dawn call to prayer, women and children move silently from the Damascus suburb of Douma to the surrounding farm fields, seeking (...)

Woman and child on a platform in Berlin’s Schoenefeld station after emerging from a special train coming from Munich. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Jamil and his family arrived in Munich at night, jaded in body and confused in spirit. “We had mixed feelings,” he says. “We could not believe we rea(...)

A migrant child from Iraq  after crossing the border from Hungary to Austria, in Nickelsdorf. Photograph: Leonhard Foeger/Reuters

Under the European Commission plan announced by Jean-Claude Juncker on Wednesday, refugees from Syria, Iraq and Eritrea qualify for relocation. Syr(...)

The site of a Saudi-led air strike in Yemen’s capital Sanaa on Sunday. Photograph: Reuters/Khaled Abdullah

An air strike by warplanes from a Saudi-led coalition, which said it targeted a bomb-making factory, killed 36 civilians working at a bottling plant i(...)

Soldiers from the 48th Infantry Group in training ahead of peacekeeping deployment in Golan Heights. File photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin.

The White Paper on defence is long overdue and welcome. The previous one, the first of its kind in the Republic, was published in 2000. Since then,(...)