The tilted minaret of the destroyed al-Sousi mosque lies crashed into a house after it was hit by Israeli air strikes in the west of Gaza City yesterday.  Photograph: Mohammed Saber/EPA

Israel has disqualified its foremost human rights group as a volunteer option for youths who choose civilian national service over military conscripti(...)

Palestinians watch a party for a bride ahead of her wedding ceremony at a United Nations-run school sheltering displaced Palestinians from the Israeli offensive, in Beit Lahiya town in the northern Gaza Strip today. Phogoraph: Suhaib Salem/Reuters

Talks to end a month-long war between Israel and Gaza militants are “difficult”, Palestinian delegates said today, while Israeli officials said no pr(...)

Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan said he had spoken over the phone to UN secretary general Ban ki-Moon about the ongoing conflict in Gaza. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan has said the United Nations secretary general and himself have agreed that security issues and an end to(...)

Palestinians ride a donkey cart as smoke rises from Gaza’s main power plant, which witnesses said was hit in Israeli shelling, in the central Gaza Strip, today. (Photograph: Reuters)

Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan has been urged by a local authority to summon the Israeli ambassador to Iveagh House to convey the outr(...)

More and more Syrian rebels are defecting to join the ultra-hardline Islamic State insurgency, said UN human rights investigators. A member loyal to the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL or Isis) waves an their flag in Raqqa in June. File.  Photograph: Stringer/Reuters

More and more Syrian rebels are defecting to join the ultra-hardline Islamic State insurgency, said UN human rights investigators yesterday, in what t(...)

Labour TD Joe Costello: “In the past, Ireland has been to the forefront in leading EU thinking on the Middle East.” Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

The Government has been criticised by some of its own TDs for its decision to abstain in a United Nations vote calling for a commission of investig(...)

The move sparked fury from the Opposition and criticism of newly appointed Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan. Photograph: Eric Luke / THE IRISH TIMES

On Thursday the United Nations Human Rights Committee (UNHRC) published its long-awaited observations on Ireland’s human rights record, but the countr(...)

Ireland has condemned the firing of missiles by Hamas and the ‘very high and unacceptable’ levels of civilian casualties by Israel at the an emergency debate at the UN Human Rights council in Geneva today. Photograph: EPA/Martial Trezzini

Ireland has condemned the firing of missiles by Hamas and the “very high and unacceptable” levels of civilian casualties by Israeli military attacks a(...)

A section of the Corrib gas line at Aughoose, Co Mayo. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Shell to Sea has appealed to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) to raise the issue of policing the Corrib gas dispute with the Governme(...)

A Palestinian protester throws a stone towards Israeli policemen during clashes after Friday payers in the Arab east Jerusalem neighbourhood of Ras al-Amud. Photograph: Ammar Awad/Reuters.

A UN human rights investigator today accused Israel of “ethnic cleansing” in pushing Palestinians out of East Jerusalem and cast doubt that th(...)