National and local Traveller organisations protesting in Dublin last year. An Oireachtas Committee is calling for Traveller ethnicity to be recognised. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

An Oireachtas committee will today recommend that Travellers be recognised as an ethnic minority. The Joint Committee on Justice and Eq(...)

A man, affected by what activists say was a gas attack, breathes through an oxygen mask inside a field hospital in Kfar Zeita village in the central province of Hama April 12th. Photograph: Stringer /Reuters

Syrian opposition activists accused president Bashar al-Assad’s forces of a new poison gas attack in the capital Damascus today , posting foo(...)

Interior ministry forces walk past a military helicopter and armoured carriers at a checkpoint near Izium, eastern Ukraine. Photograph: Dmitry Madorsky/Reuters

Moscow has warned Ukraine that a crackdown on pro-Kremlin activists in eastern regions could trigger civil war, as an angry split over the coun(...)

Residents inspect a site hit by what activists said was a barrel bomb dropped by forces loyal to Syria’s president Bashar al-Assad in Aleppo’s al-Ansari neighbourhood. Photograph: Firas Badawi/Reuters

Members of the United Nations Security Council today viewed graphic pictures taken in Syria by a former military police photographer that sho(...)

Pro-Russian protesters attend a rally in front of the occupied regional administration building in Slaviansk, east Ukraine yesterday. Russia continued to deny any involvement with unrest in the region, foreign minister Sergei Lavrov saying: “We don’t interfere in Ukraine’s internal affairs.” Photograph: Roman Pilipey/EPA

Pro-Russian separatists intensified their hold on key cities in eastern Ukraine yesterday, defying a deadline imposed by the Ukrainian government t(...)

Bomb experts search for evidences in front of buses at a bomb blast scene at Nyanyan in Abuja, Nigerian. Photograph: Afolabi Sotunde/Reuters

Over 70 people are feared dead in an explosion that blasted through a busy commuter bus station on the outskirts of Nigeria’s capital, Abuja, (...)

Pro-Russian protesters attend a rally as a placard of Ukrainian prime minister Yatsenyuk reading ‘Shut up, and enjoy by democracy!’ is stuck into a barricade in front of city hall in Kramatorsk , Ukraine. Photograph:
Anastasia Vlasova/EPA

The EU’s sanctions against Russia are to be expanded with more people added to the list subject to asset freezes and visa bans, EU foreign pol(...)

Pro-Russian protesters, one carrying an icon allegedly found in seized state security service office in Luhansk. The icon was given to nearest Orthodox church. Photograph: Reuters/Shamil Zhumatov

Kiev has given pro-Russian protesters involved in deadly clashes with security forces until this morning to surrender or face a military assault, i(...)

Pro-Russian men gather around a fire at a barricade near the police headquarters in Slaviansk yesterday. Photograph: Reuters/Gleb Garanich

EU foreign ministers will convene in Luxembourg today to discuss the crisis in Ukraine, as violence flared in(...)

 Pro-Russian supporters march during a rally in Odessa, Ukraine, today. Photograph: Volodymyr Petrov/EPA

Ukraine has given pro-Russian separatists a Monday morning deadline to disarm or face a “full-scale anti-terrorist operation” by its armed for(...)

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