Federica Mogherini, High Representative of  EU for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, in Luxembourg where the meeting focused on  a system to keep out migrants who do not qualify for asylum. Photograph: Julien Warnand/ EPA

The European Union pledged on Thursday to step up deportation of illegal migrants. As EU justice and home affairs ministers signed off on new plans to(...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel and French president François Hollande at the European Parliament in Strasbourg on Wednesday. Photograph: Patrick Seeger/EPA

The leaders of France and Germany called on European Union member states to put their differences behind them as they tackle the refugee crisis, urgin(...)

Deserted streets and damaged buildings in the central Syrian town of Talbisseh in the Homs province after Russia confirmed that it carried out its first air strike in Syria. Photograph: Mahmoud Taha/AFP/Getty Images 1:29

The White House warned Russia that its military actions in Syria risk prolonging the four-year-old conflict in the country as the US and Russian milit(...)

India’s prime minister  Narendra Modi plans to clothe  African leaders in traditional Indian attire. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The Indian foreign office has embarked upon an esoteric sartorial mission: to collate the physical measurements of all 54 African heads of state and(...)

David Donoghue, Ireland’s ambassador to the UN: ‘At the moment, our stock is very high.’ Photograph: Eric Luke

A series of events has been organised this year to mark the 60th anniversary of Ireland’s membership of the United Nations, yet the agreement of th(...)

Prime minister Manuel Valls at the start of an extraordinary session on Syria on Tuesday: he said 1,880 French citizens or residents have joined IS. Photograph: Eric Feferbergeric/AFP

France alone will choose its targets in Syria, “but it is out of the question that our airstrikes help strengthen the regime of Bashar al-Assad,” pri(...)

‘Migrants  and refugees board a train after they cross  the border between Macedonia and Greece, near the town of Gevgelija.’  Photograph: EPA/NAKE BATEV

Once in a while, Seamus Heaney tells us, something can “catch the heart off guard and blow it open”. This time it was a picture of Aylan Kurdi, a well(...)

 Migrants, mostly from Syria, prepare for registration at a facility of the German Federal Police (Bundespolizei) on September 1st,  in Deggendorf, Germany. Photograph: Sean Gallup/Getty Images

The war in Syria is in its fifth year and shows no sign of ending. The downstream consequence of this are being seen on the shores of EU, and this wee(...)

Maj Gen Michael Finn:  ‘It is a critical challenge to find ways to address the contentious issue of caveats and to maintain the integrity of peacekeeping missions into the future.’ Photograph: Peter Murtagh

Overseas missions are “vitally important” to the Defence Forces and help to project a very good image of Ireland internationally , according to a seni(...)

US ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power: will co-host the meeting which aims to examine what kinds of protections are needed for LGBT individuals. Photograph: Lucas Jackson/Reuters

Two men, one Iraqi and one Syrian, targeted by Islamic State for being gay will brief the United Nations Security Council on their experience as part (...)