Swedish prime minister Stefan Lofven (front second left) with Swedish Princess Victoria, King Carl XVI Gustaf (second right) and parliament speaker Urban Ahlin during a cabinet meeting at the Royal Palace in Stockholm today. Mr Lofven presented his new government today. Photograph: Anders Wiklund/Reuters

Sweden’s new centre-left government will recognise the state of Palestine in a move that will make it the first major European country to take the st(...)

Ukraine’s president Petro Poroshenko said he would present a broad plan of social and economic reforms later today which would allow the former Soviet republic to apply for membership of the European Union in six years. Photograph: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters.

Ukraine’s president Petro Poroshenko said he would present a broad plan of social and economic reforms later today which would allow the former Sov(...)

Iraqi SWAT troopers take part in an intensive security deployment during clashes with Islamic State militants, north of Muqdadiyah, in Diyala province. Photograph:  Stringer/Reuters.

Iraq has received “credible” intelligence that Islamic State militants plan to launch attacks on subway systems in Paris and the United States, Iraqi(...)

President Barack Obama meets with Iraqi prime minister Haider al-Abadi during the United Nations General Assembly in New York. Photograph:  Kevin Lamarque/Reuters

President Barack Obama laid out a forceful new blueprint yesterday for deeper US engagement in the Middle East, telling the UN General Assembly the Is(...)

British prime minister David Cameron arrives for a meeting with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon  on the sidelines of the UN Climate Summit 2014  in New York. Photograph: Peter Foley/EPA.

British prime minister David Cameron may announce as early as this week that Britain is ready to join air strikes against Islamic State in Iraq and th(...)

British prime minister David Cameron is to meet the president of Iran in New York today to urge him to join the international effort to tackle Islamic State. Photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire.

British prime minister David Cameron is to meet the president of Iran today to urge him to join the international effort to tackle Islamic State.The m(...)

The advance of Islamic State. Map: Irish Times Premedia/Reuters 1:41

The United States, along with a handful of Arab countries, launched the first air strikes against Islamic State targets in Syria, killing scores of Is(...)

United Nations secretary general Ban ki-Moon arrives to a meeting with Iranian foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif  at the United Nations headquarters in New York. Photograph: Shannon Stapleton/Reuters

US secretary of state John Kerry and Iranian foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif agreed at a meeting on Sunday to meet “as needed” while at the U(...)

Oscar and Arthur Kenevey, of Clarehall, Dublin, at the bandstand in St Stephens Green, Dublin for the People’s Climate Picnic today as world leaders including Taoiseach Enda Kenny prepare to meet in New York next week for a UN crisis summit on climate change. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

More than 600 people attended the People’s Climate Picnic in St Stephen’s Green today. It was the main event held in Ireland to mark a global protest (...)

 Turkish police use tear gas and water cannon today to disperse Kurdish protesters trying to cross the Turkey-Syria border at Suruc District, Sanliurfa city, to support Syrian Kurdish fighters (PYD) against Islamic State militants.  Photograph: Ulas Yunus Tosun/EPA

President Tayyip Erdogan has claimed no ransom was paid for the release of Turkish hostages held by Islamic State in Iraq and said it was the resu(...)