Minister for Foreign Affairs  Charlie Flanagan. File  photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

The Government is to spend an extra €40 million on overseas aid next year, according to today’s budget, bringing the total spend for development assis(...)

An official inspects a piece of wreckage from the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17. Photograph: Alexander Ermochenko/EPA

The Dutch Safety Board, issuing long-awaited findings of its investigation into a crash involving a Malaysian passenger plane over eastern Ukraine, is(...)

Kurdish militants of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK)  behind a barricade during clashes with Turkish forces. Photograph: Ilyas Akengin/AFP/Getty Images

The embers of a dormant war have reignited in southeast Turkey with devastating effect just weeks before crucial parliamentary elections. Last Monday,(...)

A Cork rally has heard that the homelessness crisis could be solved with the necessary political will. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The homelessness crisis could be solved with the necessary political will, given that there are several sources of funding available to the Government(...)

The children of Halima Hawad Al Ali and Abdulmouti Al Ibrahim  at their home in Amman, Jordan. Photograph: Ted Nieters

On their small family farm in the countryside north of Aleppo, where Abdelmouti and his wife Halima grew just enough cotton and fruit to sustain their(...)

The leaders of Serbia, Bosnia and Croatia sign  the peace agreement on Bosnia in  December 1995 whilst world leaders look on. Photo: Getty.

Could Russia’s military intervention in Syria be the prelude to – or even enable – a regional peace deal similar to the 1995 Dayton Agreement, which b(...)

Young Syrian refugees   in the Faydha refugee camp, near Zahle, in the Bekaa Valley,   Lebanon. There are approximately 1.5 million Syrian refugees in Lebanon. Photograph: Nabil Mounzer/EPA

In mid-September I visited Halba in northern Lebanon, approximately 40km from the Syrian border. People there have been living in soaring temperatures(...)

Chief of Staff Mark Mellett (left) warns over “enemies” of the State gaining advantage. Photograph: Alan Betson

Conor Lally Security and Crime Editor The Defence Forces needed to properly harness the “explosion” of data in modern society or risk making terroris(...)

Kaci Kullmann Five, the new head of the Norwegian Nobel Peace Prize Committee, announces the winner of 2015 Nobel Peace Prize. Photograph: Heiko Junge/EPA

The National Dialogue Quartet in Tunisia has won this year’s Nobel Peace Prize. The jury cited the group for “its decisive contribution to the buildin(...)

Bernardino Leon, UN Special Representative and Head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), speaking at a press conference at UN’s European headquarters, in Geneva, Switzerland. Leon, on late 8th October 2015. Photograph: Martial Trezzini/EPA

Libya is a step closer to forming a national unity government after months of difficult talks between the country’s two rival administrations. The nor(...)