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Vardan Andreasyan (left, aged 12), and Gevorg Grigoryan (12), who were wounded in   shelling during clashes between Armenian and Azeri forces in the Nagorno-Karabakh region, are  treated at a hospital in Nagorno-Karabakh’s main city of Stepanakert. Photograph: Areg Balayan/Pan Photo/Reuters

Azerbaijan’s defence ministry has announced a unilateral ceasefire against the separatist region of Nagorno-Karabakh, but the claim was promptly rejec(...)

A house  damaged during clashes between Armenian and Azeri forces in the   Nagorno-Karabakh region, which is controlled by separatist Armenians, in a still image taken from video footage. Photograph: Nagorno-Karabakh Military Handout/Reuters TV

A new wave of fighting broke out in the Nagorno-Karabakh region on Saturday, killing dozens and drawing international calls for an immediate ceasefire(...)

The mother of a killed Ukrainian journalist (unidentified) holds a candle and a sign reading ‘’Impunity kills’ during a memorial rally to mark the 13th anniversary of Ukrainian journalist Georgy Gongadze’s murder at the Independence square in Kiev on September 16, 2013

It’s a dangerous time for journalists, according to Dunja Mijatovic, the outgoing representative on freedom of the media at the Organisation for Secur(...)

New Irish ambassadors to Australia, Canada and Greece are among 11 senior diplomatic nominees  approved by Cabinet.

New Irish ambassadors to Australia, Canada and Greece are among 11 senior diplomatic nominees who have been approved by the Cabinet. Breandán Ó Caoll(...)

Autumn crocus: the rare – and toxic – Irish wild flower. Illustration: Michael Viney

A conifer tang from the tree in the corner, and the sweet lure of chocolate and tangerines are among the comforting aromas of Christmas, with bracing (...)

Destruction of the Armenian population by Ottoman Turks, Illustration from French newspaper Le Petit Journal, December 12, 1915. Photograph: Leemage/UIG via Getty Images

It was described by US President Theodore Roosevelt as “the greatest crime of the war” and now the Armenian genocide which began in 1915 has been comm(...)

Musicians play as supporters wait for Turkey’s prime minister Ahmet Davutoglu at Ataturk airport in Istanbul on Tuesday. Turkey’s long dominant AK Party scored a stunning election success at the weekend. Photograph: Ozan Kose/AFP/Getty Images

Following a failed government-forming process, Turkey’s worst-ever terrorist attack and the return to war with militant Kurds, how is it Turkey’s AK P(...)

 Ilham Aliyev with Kazakhstan’s president Nursultan Nazarbayev. A drop in oil prices has made it harder for him to deliver on his promise to raise living standards. Photograph: Alexey Nikolsky/EPA/Ria Novosti/Kremlin pool

The people of Azerbaijan will vote in a parliamentary election on Sunday overshadowed by a merciless crackdown on human rights in the oil-rich forme(...)

Villagers search for the bodies of Turkish soldiers inside a destroyed armoured vehicle in southeastern Turkey on Monday after a PKK roadside bomb attack at the weekend. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Fourteen police officers were killed in a bomb attack on a minibus in Turkey on Tuesday, a government official told Reuters. The Turkish province bord(...)

 Sint Maarten in the Caribbean, Lesotho and Kazakhstan, are among the countries where Irish people chose to marry last year.

The small Caribbean island of Sint Maarten, the landlocked African country of Lesotho and the former Soviet republic Kazakhstan, are just some of the(...)

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