Wounded French troops on the Western Front. Photograph: Hulton Archive/Getty Images

February 25th, 1916 The Times of London reported that the French have stood up well to the German onslaught at Verdun. The battle began on February (...)

Vehicles on fire outside the Splendid Hotel in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso during a siege by Islamist gunmen. Photograph: Reuters

Security forces in Burkina Faso retook a hotel in the capital on Saturday a day after al-Qaeda fighters seized it in an assault that killed two dozen (...)

The Government may send another Naval Service ship to the Mediterranean early next year to assist with the ongoing refugee crisis after the LE Samuel Beckett completes its current tour of duty later this month, according to Minister for Defence, Simon Coveney.

The Government may send another Naval Service ship to the Mediterranean early next year to assist with the ongoing refugee crisis after the LE Samuel (...)

Pope Francis walks with the pastoral staff as he arrives to celebrate a mass in the Barthelemy Boganda Stadium, in Bangui, Central African Republic, on Monday. Photograph: Andrew Medichini/AP

Pope Francis ventured into one of the world’s most dangerous neighbourhoods on Monday to implore Christians and Muslims to end a spiral of ha(...)

Flowers at the entrance the Radisson Blu hotel in Bamako Mali in tribute to the victims four days after the deadly terrorist attack that left 27 people killed. Photograph: Habibou Kouyate/AFP/Getty Images

The United Nations said unknown attackers fired rockets at a UN peacekeeping base in Kidal in northern Mali on Saturday, killing three people(...)

Irish troops  in eastern  Chad in 2008. When the Army Ranger Wing was about to travel there, news broke of an all-out rebel assault on the capital. Photograph:  Finbarr O’Reilly/Reuters

The terrorist attack in Mali could not have come at a more alarming time for the Irish Government. Armed extremists struck the luxury hotel in the ver(...)

Minister for Defence Simon Coveney stressed the Government would not do anything that “compromises Irish neutrality”

Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Minister for Defence Simon Coveney have moved to play down concerns about Irish troops being dispatched to Mali to replace Fr(...)

 Karen Browne, Biddy Hughes (marketing director) and Sheelyn Browne. Photograph: Michael McLaughlin

Sheelyn Browne’s ancestors, including the legendary Grace O’Malley, survived famines and rebellions at the family estate in Westport, which was once d(...)

A man reacts as a crowd barricades a street in the capital Bangui yesterday. Central African Republic’s new interim president said on Tuesday she would hold talks with armed groups in an effort to restore order to the former French colony, where at least seven more people were killed in sectarian violence in the north. Photograph: Siegfried Modola/Reuters

The UN chief’s special adviser on genocide prevention is warning of a “high risk of crimes against humanity and of genocide” in the Central African Re(...)

A French soldier talks to locals during operation Sangaris, in Central African Republic (CAR). Photograph:  EPA/Denniel Melaine/ECPAD handout

Two French soldiers have been killed in combat in the capital of the Central African Republic, President Francois Hollande’s office announced today.Th(...)