Some 8,592 migrants were rescued last year by the LÉ Eithne, LÉ Niamh and LÉ Samuel Beckett. Photograph: David Jones/Irish Defence Forces/PA Wire

The Naval Service patrol ship LÉ Róisín is to set sail on Sunday on humanitarian rescue duty in the Mediterranean. The ship under the command of Lieu(...)

A civil defence member carries a child that survived from under the rubble at a site hit by air strikes in the insurgent-held area of Old Aleppo, Syria, on Thursday.  Photograph: Abdalrhman Ismail/Reuters

Air strikes on a hospital in Aleppo on Thursday killed three doctors and some 27 patients, in addition to dozens of civilians killed in strikes on in(...)

Turkish lawmakers push each other on the assembly floor in Ankara, Turkey. Photograph: AP Photo

Brawls between lawmakers from Turkey’s ruling AK Party and the pro-Kurdish opposition have delayed efforts to pass legislation on a migration deal wit(...)

Chinese president Xi Jinping at the Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia, in Beijing. Photograph: Kenzaburo Fukuhara/AFP/Getty Images

President Xi Jinping has said China will never allow chaos and war on the Korean peninsula and reiterated his call for North Korea to rein in its nuc(...)

A family clambers over the rubble   of destroyed buildings following an air strike  in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo.  Photograph: Ameer Alhalbi/AFP/Getty Images

Air strikes have destroyed a hospital and killed dozens of people in rebel-held areas of the Syrian city of Aleppo including children and doctors, and(...)

Syrians evacuate the area following an air strike on the rebel-held eastern Bab al-Nayrab neighbourhod of the northern Syrian city of Aleppo. Photograph:  Ameer Alhalbi/AFP/Getty Images

Strikes by the Syrian air force yesterday killed 19 people in opposition-held districts of Aleppo following Monday’s bombardments by insurgents that (...)

Campaigner Adi Roche delivers an impassioned plea to the United Nations general assembly in New York on the 30th anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster. Photograph: Simon Carswell

Campaigner Adi Roche delivered an impassioned plea to the United Nations general assembly in New York on the 30th anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear(...)

Bord Bia chief executive Aidan Cotter: “The lifting of international sanctions on Iran opens the way for Irish food exporters to explore trading opportunities in the second largest economy in the Middle East.”

Ireland’s two main banks still refuse to facilitate financial transactions with Iran – the Middle East’s second largest economy – despite the lifting(...)

Serbian prime minister Aleksandar Vucic: “I know how to ensure the future of Serbia and how to work hard to get there.” Photograph:  Andrej Isakovic/AFP/Getty Images

Serbian prime minister Aleksandar Vucic has vowed to accelerate reforms aimed at guiding his country towards European Union membership, after an elect(...)

I’ve been a FIFO (fly in fly out) worker in Western Australia for almost three years on and off. The phrase FIFO is a relatively new one to us Iris(...)