European Commission president Jose Manuel Barroso: on a trip to Israel last month he said the EU could offer a “special privileged partnership” to both Israel and a future Palestinian state. Photograph: Gil Cohen Magen/AFP/Getty Images.

Foreign policy moved to the top of the EU agenda this week following the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17.But while Tuesday’s meeting of forei(...)

Irish siblings (left to right) Ibrihim Halawa and sisters Fatima, Omaima and Somaia were detained by Egyptian authorities  last August. The sisters returned to Ireland in November. Photograph: Family handout/PA

The sister of an 18-year-old Irish Muslim man, detained in an Egyptian jail without charge or trail since August of last year, has criticised the Gove(...)

A family fleeing the violence in the Iraqi city of Mosul wait at a checkpoint in the outskirts of Arbil in Iraq’s Kurdistan region yesterday. Photograph: Reuters

Sunni rebels from an al Qaeda splinter group overran the Iraqi city of Tikrit today and closed in on the biggest oil refinery in the country, making f(...)

Andre Sheldon, from the group Global Strategy of Non-Violence, holds a sign during an anti-war rally in Boston, Massachusetts today. Photograph: Brian Snyder/Reuters

US president Barack Obama has appealed to a dubious American public to back his bid to use military force in Syria while supporters scrambled to pers(...)

Minister for Justice  Alan Shatter: told a Lebanese newspaper that it is not a “valid distinction” to differentiate between Hizbullah’s political and military wings

While some individual member states have recognised Hizbullah as a terrorist group, the EU as an entity has not. The Obama administratio(...)