Ibrahim Talal, from Syria, on Agamy Beach, Alexandria: “This is not where I want to be.” Photograph: Peter Biro/European Union/Echo

“This,” says Ibrahim Talal, sweeping his hand in a dismissive gesture that takes in the teeming high-rise of Alexandria, a city of five million crushe(...)

Fr Michael Bergin SJ: died 100 years ago this month

Fr Michael Bergin SJ was the very picture of an Australian war hero. In a portrait from his days as army chaplain, he wears that country’s archetypal (...)

Syrian Kurds wave the Kurdish flag, in the northeastern Syrian city of Qamishli during a gathering in support of the independence referendum in Iraq’s autonomous northern Kurdish region. Photograph: Delil Souleiman/AFP/Getty Images

A referendum on independence from Baghdad has been approved by more than 90 per cent of voters, the election commission for Iraq’s Kurdish region said(...)

Lebanon’s president, Michel Aoun, attends an official funeral ceremony for Lebanese soldiers killed in Islamic State captivity. Photograph: Jamal Saidi/Reuters

President Emmanuel Macron will receive Michel Aoun, the president of Lebanon, for a three-day state visit starting on Monday that is charged with hist(...)

A recent photo from  the Saudi Royal Palace  shows Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (32) at a meeting with a Yemeni delegation in Jeddah. File photograph: Bandar Al-Jaloud/AFP/Getty Images

Saudi Arabia has arrested 30 prominent figures who are insufficiently supportive of the policies of Crown Prince Mohamed bin Salman (32), the kingdom’(...)

Vice Admiral Mellett: nominated by government as chair of the EU’s military committee, the highest military role in the union. Photograph: Alan Betson

The Government is to nominate the chief of staff of the Defence Forces, Vice Admiral Mark Mellett, for appointment to the highest military position w(...)

Saturday’s Sligo Global Kitchen at the Model Art Gallery, where lunch was cooked by Syrian refugees based in Ballaghaderreen, Co Roscommon. Photograph: Brian Farrell

If music really is the food of love, then so too is Ozzi, Fattoush and Baba ghanoush, especially when cooked up in Sligo by a group of enthusiastic Sy(...)

Migrants receive food and water after disembarking from a vessel at the port of Heraklion on the island of Crete on September 5th, 2017, after being rescued off the coast of the Greek island. Photograph: Costas Metaxakiscos/AFP/Getty Images

The State has pledged to take in 600 refugees next year including 330 additional programme refugees as part of a new EU resettlement pledge to support(...)

Israeli soldiers manoeuvre a tank during a military exercise in the northern part of the Israeli-annexed Golan Heights on Thursday. An Israeli army spokeswoman declined to discuss reports of a strike in Syria. Photograph:  Jalaa Marey/AFP/Getty Images

The Syrian army has warned Israel of “dangerous repercussions to the security and stability of the region” after a Syrian military facility in Hama pr(...)

The Bridges of Ross on the Loop Head Peninsula, Co Clare. Photograph: Alan Betson, The Irish Times

Last week we asked readers for a tourist attraction they had visited which had left them underwhelmed and unimpressed. We received hundreds of respons(...)