Police guard a house that was involved in pre-dawn raids in western Sydney on Thursday after intelligence “chatter”  revealed that militants planned to attack Australian politicians and government buildings. Photograph: David Gray/Reuters.

Australia’s government will seek broad new security powers to combat what it says is a rising threat from militant Islamists, the attorney general sai(...)

US Secretary of State John Kerry testifies before the House Foreign Affairs Committee on “The ISIS Threat: Weighing the Obama Administration’s Response,” on Capitol Hill this week. Photograph: Allison Shelley/Getty Images

US Secretary of State John Kerry has said Iran has a role to play in a global coalition to tackle Islamic State militants who have seized swaths of Ir(...)

Minister for Defence Simon Coveney earlier this week  at a review of the 46th Infantry Group, who are due to be deployed with the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force in the Golan Heights. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Minister for Defence Simon Coveney said a statement expected from the United Nations should offer Ireland the necessary assurances to allow it continu(...)

 A woman walks past an Ebola awareness poster in Freetown, Sierra Leone. Residents in the country prepare for a nationwide three-day curfew that will allow health workers to conduct a door-to-door campaign sensitizing individuals on the Ebola virus and identifying those who may have already contracted it. Photograph: Tanya Bindra/EPA

The UN Security Council has declared the Ebola outbreak in Africa a “threat to international peace and security” and called on all states to provide u(...)

  Peacekeeper’s return ... Cpl John McAllister from Newbridge with his daughter, Sadie  and partner Sinead White   in April  at Casement Aerodrome, Baldonnel on his return from a six-month tour   to the Golan Heights, Syria with the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force. Photograph: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.

Do we really want a situation where Irish troops are blocked from participating in EU peacekeeping missions designed, for example, to protect possibly(...)

Minister for Defence Simon Coveney has rejected a call by a leading Irish academic for Ireland to abandon its traditional policy on military neutrality. File Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Minister for Defence Simon Coveney has rejected a call by a leading Irish academic for Ireland to abandon its traditional policy on military neutralit(...)

Italian defence minister Roberta Pinotti (L) welcomes  Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney  during the EU informal meeting of defence ministers in Milan, Italy September 9th, 2014. Photograph: Matteo Bazzi/EPA

Minister for Defence Simon Coveney has expressed confidence the United Nations will make changes to its peacekeeping mission to the Golan Heights. Mr (...)

An estimated  12,000 fighters from 74 nations have traveled to Syria and Iraq to fight with extremist groups. In this file photograph a member loyal to the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) waves an ISIL flag in Raqqa. Photograph: Reuters

The UN Security Council plans to demand countries “prevent and suppress” the recruitment and travel of foreign fighters to join extremist militant gro(...)

 Arab League secretary general Nabil al-Arabi (left) welcomes Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas  to the  Arab League foreign ministers’ meeting in Cairo, Egypt. Photograph: EPA

Arab League foreign ministers agreed yesterday to take all necessary measures to confront Islamic State and co-operate with international, regional an(...)

Israeli soldiers watch the Syrian side of the border near the Quneitra crossing point between Syria and Israel yesterday. Photograph: EPA/Atef Safadi

The UN Security Council has demanded the immediate and unconditional release of abducted peacekeepers and the withdrawal of insurgents from UN observ(...)