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Niall Muldoon, Ombudsman for Children, said: “As a society, we need to look at what we can do to help resolve outstanding issues that are associated with direct provision services in Ireland.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The number of children kept in “wholly unsuitable” conditions at direct provision centres across the country has risen by more than a third over the p(...)

Britain’s prime minister Theresa May meeting  scouts in Nairobi: can expect her MPs to return to Westminster complaining about her Chequers proposal. Photograph: Stefan Rousseau/PA

After a fleeting moment of optimism pushed sterling upwards against the dollar on Wednesday and fed speculation about a breakthrough, Brexit on Thursd(...)

Muhammad Shakeel (33), a tailor from Sialkot, Pakistan, cooks  lamb stew for migrants staying at a derelict dormitory in Bihac, northwest Bosnia. Photograph: Daniel McLaughlin

They call it “the game”, and its risks and rewards can be life-changing. For thousands of migrants now gathered here in northwest Bosnia, winning the(...)

Bosnian Serb leader Milorad Dodik has refused to accept migrants in his region and called their arrival part of a conspiracy to boost the country’s Muslim population. Photograph: Elvis Barukcic/AFP/Getty Images

Residents of the town of Bihac in northwest Bosnia have protested against the country’s handling of growing numbers of refugees and migrants, thousand(...)

Migrants take a shower in a makeshift tent camp in Velika Kladusa at the Bosnia-Croatia border. Photograph: Dado Ruvic

International organisations say health and security risks are rising for a growing number of refugees and migrants trying to reach wealthy European Un(...)

Martin Green has been asked to advise the Galway European city of culture 2020 team. He was in charge of Hull’s British city of culture designation  last year.

Galway’s 2020 project team has hired in the former head of a British cultural capital on a consultancy basis, following the loss of its creative direc(...)

Poster for Turkey’s  president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, at Taksim Square in Istanbul: it reads “Thank you Istanbul”.  Photograph: Bulent Kilic/AFP/Getty

We are fortunate in Europe in the sense that we haven’t had a major military conflict since the collapse of Yugoslavia and the Bosnian-Serb conflict o(...)

Lake Ohrid is hugely popular with domestic tourists but there are relatively few foreign visitors. Photograph: iStock

Has anybody heard of Lake Ohrid? Macedonia shares one of Europe’s largest and deepest lakes that very few people have ever heard of. The country is a (...)

Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orban and German chancellor Angela Merkel:  “Hungary will not become an immigrant country; Hungary will remain a Hungarian country,” said Mr Orban. Photograph: Stephanie Lecocq

Central European leaders have hailed a EU summit deal that will not oblige them to take in refugees, while Balkan states insist they will not host maj(...)

Frans Timmermans (left) talks with Luxemburg’s minister for foreign affairs, Jean Asselborn, and Spain’s minister of foreign affairs, Josep Borrell, in Luxembourg on Tuesday. Photograph: John Thys/AFP/Getty Images

Poland had hoped that cosmetic changes to its controversial new judicial legislation might suffice to placate fellow EU member states concerned about (...)

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