Syrian refugees   at the closed  border gate   in Kilis, Turkey:  Local councils in Aleppo  estimate that  100,000-150,000 civilians could flee the city if Russian air strikes continue. Photograph:  Chris McGrath/Getty

Hundreds of thousands of civilians could be cut off from food if Syrian government forces encircle rebel-held parts of Aleppo, the United Nations said(...)

Iraqi  forces   on the eastern outskirts of Ramadi: The recapture of the area from Islamic State secures a link between the city  and  an  army base operated by US-led coalition forces. Photograph:  Stringer/Reuters

Iraqi forces recaptured territory east of Ramadi from Islamic State militants on Tuesday, linking the Anbar provincial capital to a major army base ne(...)

Syrians fleeing the northern  city of Aleppo wait  in Bab Al-Salam, near the city of Azaz, northern Syria, near the Turkish border crossing. Photograph: Bulent Kilic/AFP/Getty Images

Turkey is under pressure to admit 40,000 Syrians who have been camped on the border between the two countries after fleeing the biggest Syrian governm(...)

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un watches a long-range rocket launch in North Korea on Sunday. Photograph: Reuters/Kyodo

There was a chorus of condemnation after North Korea defied international sanctions to launch a long-range rocket carrying what it said was a satellit(...)

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un watches a rocket firing drill by anti-aircraft units of the Korean People’s Army (KPA), in this undated file photo released by North Korea’s Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang last November. Photograph: Reuters

North Korea may launch a rocket that it says will carry an earth observation satellite as soon as Sunday, after bringing forward and shortening the t(...)

President Michael D Higgins (second right) with former Tanzanian president Benjamin Mkapa (left), former South African president Thabo Mbeki,  and Salman Khurshid, former Indian minister for justice. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Ireland’s revolutionary period was cited as inspirational by retired politicians from three former British colonies during a discussion, After Empire,(...)

British prime minister David Cameron and German chancellor Angela Merkel at a donor conference in London on Thursday. For European governments, the priority at the conference was to help countries close to Syria to take care of refugees. Photograph: Toby Melville/AFP/Getty Images

Donor nations have pledged more than $10 billion (€8.93 billion) for Syrians affected by the conflict in their country, at a meeting in London that wa(...)

UN committee says Protection of Life During Pregnancy Act  ‘prevents doctors from being able to provide services in accordance with objective medical practice’.

Abortion should be decriminalised “in all circumstances” and current Irish legislation should be reviewed to ensure women have “access to safe abortio(...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel and British prime minister David Cameron listen to speakers at the donors conference for Syria in London. Photograph:  Stefan Rousseau/Reuters

Donor nations pledged on Thursday to give billions of dollars in aid to Syrians as world leaders gathered for a conference to tackle the world’s wors(...)

Two children whose school was bombed in Aleppo pose in a mock-up meant to symbolise a destroyed classroom set up by charity Save the Children outside the Houses of Parliament in London on Wednesday on  eve of a donor conference aiming to raise money for the millions of Syrians hit by the country’s civil war and a refugee crisis. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Germany has pledged to give €2.3 billion in aid to Syria by 2018, including €1.1 billion e this year alone, Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Thursday(...)