People release white doves  in memory of those who died in a fire at a trade union building two years ago. Photograph: Anatolii Stepanov/AFP/Getty Images

Scuffles, arrests, a bomb scare and high security overshadowed events in the Ukrainian city of Odessa yesterday to mark two years since vicious street(...)

Syrian children take part in a rally in solidarity with Aleppo, in the Lebanese northern port city of Tripoli, on Sunday. More than a week of fighting in Syria’s second city has killed hundreds of civilians and left a UN-backed peace process hanging by a thread. Concern has been growing that the fighting in Aleppo will lead to the complete collapse of a landmark ceasefire between president Bashar al-Assad’s regime and non-jihadist rebels that was brokered by Moscow and Washington. Photograph: Ibrahim Chalhoub/AFP/Getty Images

Washington and Moscow said on Monday they were working hard to extend a truce in Syria to Aleppo, the divided northern city where a sharp escalation o(...)

US secretary of state John Kerry: he said efforts to revive a cessation of hostilities must include Aleppo. Photograph: Brendan McDermid/Reuters

Russia said on Sunday talks were taking place to include Aleppo in a temporary lull in fighting declared by the Syrian army in some western parts of t(...)

Followers of Iraq’s Shia cleric Moqtada al-Sadr hold a sit-in in the Grand Festivities Square in Baghdad. Photograph:  Reuters

Hundreds of supporters of a powerful Shia Muslim cleric camped outside parliament in Baghdad overnight a day after thousands stormed the Green Zone an(...)

Smoke rises after airstrikes on the rebel-held al-Sakhour neighbourhood of Aleppo, Syria. Photograph: Abdalrhman Ismail/Reuters

Syria called local truces near Damascus and in a northern province on Friday but no halt to combat on the main battlefield in Aleppo, after a surge in(...)

An 8-year-old homeless boy. Hotels do not usually provide cooking or laundry facilities, and families can be forced to share single rooms for up to two years

The number of homeless children in Dublin has reached 1,723, an almost 90 per cent increase in 12 months. The latest figures, from the Dublin Region (...)

 People evacuate an injured man amid the rubble of destroyed buildings following a reported air strike on the rebel-held neighbourhood of Al-Qatarji, in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo, on Friday. Photograph: Ameer Alhalbi/AFP/Getty Images

Syria called local truces near Damascus and in a northern province on Friday but no halt to combat on the main battlefield in Aleppo, after a surge in(...)

A March 2014 photograph made available this week, shows asylum seekers at the  Manus Island detention centre in Papua New Guinea. Photograph: Eoin Blackwell/EPA

Lawyers for 850 asylum seekers held in a controversial detention centre in Papua New Guinea said on Friday they planned to seek potentially billions o(...)

Followers of Iraqi Shia   cleric, politician and militia leader, Moqtada al-Sadr,  protesting  outside Baghdad’s heavily fortified Green Zone last week. Photograph: Ahmed Saad/Reuters

With tens of thousands of protesters marching in the streets of Baghdad to demand changes in government, Iraq’s Shia prime minister, Haider al-Abadi, (...)

Masked  youths rioting in North Belfast in November 2005. “If you don’t give people who were involved in the conflict the chance to avail of the services that are available to the general public, then it makes it more difficult for these groups to civilianise.” File photograph: Paul Faith/PA

A panel of experts is scheduled to present a report on disbanding paramilitary groups after the Stormont Assembly election on May 5th. The Fresh Star(...)