A man holds an injured boy after what activists said was a barrel bomb dropped by forces loyal to Syria’s president Bashar al-Assad and hit a school and a residential building in Seif al-Dawla neighborhood of Aleppo. Photograph: Hosam Katan/Reuters

Syrian government forces are targeting civilians in barrel bomb attacks in Aleppo that have forced hospitals and schools to move underground, Amnesty(...)

The Center for Reproductive Rights, an international legal advocacy group, is trying to fight the government’s actions in the courts.  Above, traditional cheese and corn buns called ‘chipas’ are pictured hanging at an altar decorated  in celebration of Kurusu Ara,  a Catholic festival that is combined with local Gurani culture and falls annually on May 3rd.  Photograph: Jorge Adorno/Reuters

Paraguayan authorities have ruled out abortion for a pregnant 10-year-old girl who was allegedly raped by her stepfather, unless she develops complic(...)

Children rescued from Boko Haram in Sambisa forest wash their hands at the Malkohi camp for Internally Displaced People in Yola in Nigeria. Photograph: Afolabi Sotunde/Reuters 1:39

Boko Haram fighters killed older boys and men in front of their families before taking women and children into the forest where many died of hunger(...)

Ibrahim Halawa, an Irish national who is being held in an Egyptian jail, appeared in court on Sunday. He was denied bail.

Irish student Ibrahim Halawa, who is being held in an Egyptian prison, has been refused bail. Mr Halawa has been detained in Cairo since August 2013 h(...)

The wreckage of  migrant vessels is lit by passing cars at twilight on April 24th, 2015 on the island of Lampedusa, Italy. Photograph: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

European efforts to save the lives of migrants drowning in the Mediterranean must involve search-and-rescue operations near the shores of Libya, Amne(...)

EU leaders at an emergency summit on the migration crisis on the Mediterranean.   Photograph: John Thys/AFP/Getty Images 1:00

European Union leaders have committed extra ships, planes and helicopters to save lives in the Mediterranean at an emergency summit convened after hun(...)

 People arrive for a funeral service for migrants on the grounds of the Mater Dei Hospital in the harbour town of Msida in Malta on Thursday. Photograph: EPA 1:00

European Union leaders are discussing plans to double financial sources to save lives in the Mediterranean where hundreds of migrants have drowned in (...)

Migrants on board of Italian Navy ship ‘Chimera’ before disembarking in the southern harbour of Salerno. The catastrophe during the week may have pushed the issue of migration up the European political agenda, but finding a long-term, cohesive solution is likely to prove more difficult. Photograph: Ciro De Luca/Reuters 1:00

EU heads of state gather in Brussels on Thursday for an emergency summit on migration prompted by the deaths of more than 900 people in the Mediterran(...)

Video grab showing  migrants on a boat during a Triton rescue operation. The head of EU border agency Frontex has said that  the border patrol mission cannot become a search and rescue operation. Photograph: Guardia Costiera/AFP/Getty Images

The head of the EU border agency has said that saving migrants’ lives in the Mediterranean should not be the priority for the maritime patrols he is i(...)

 European Union High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini (C) holds one minute of silence prior to a Foreign Affairs council meeting of EU Ministers  in Luxembourg, on Monday. Photograph: Julien Warnand/EPA

Ireland will “play its part” in supporting Italy and other southern Mediterranean countries in dealing with the migration crisis, Minister for Foreign(...)