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Jastine Valdez: the 24-year-old is believed to have been abducted and murdered by Mark Hennessy

Three years ago the number of women killed violently in this country, often at the hands of someone they knew, appeared to be falling. In 2015, five (...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Minister of State  Helen McEntee meeting British PM Theresa May and her chief of staff Gavin Barwell  in Sofia. Photograph: Virginia Mayo/AP.

Theresa May has set out in broad outline to Taoiseach Leo Varadkar long-awaited new British proposals on post-Brexit customs arrangements. The Britis(...)

Former diplomat Ray Bassett has told a meeting at Westminster that the Government and the EU should drop their demand for a backstop agreement on the Border ahead of next month’s European Union summit in Brussels. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Former Irish diplomat Ray Bassett has told a meeting at Westminster that the Government and the EU should drop their demand for a backstop agreement o(...)

epaItaly’s Five Star Movement leader Luigi Di Maio is surrounded by the media as he leaves  the parliament building   in Rome on Wednesday. Photograph: Giuseppe Lami/EPA

Italy’s two anti-establishment parties agreed the basis for a governing accord on Thursday that would slash taxes, ramp up welfare spending and pose (...)

Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade  Simon Coveney:  any disagreement towards the end of this year over the terms of Britain’s withdrawal from the European Union would leave little time before Brexit formally took effect next March. Photograph: Tom Honan

It will be better to have a “crisis” in the Brexit talks next month rather than later this year, Tánaiste Simon Coveney has told a meeting of Fine Gae(...)

Bulgarian prime minister Boyko Borissov welcomes president of the European Parliament Antonio Tajani during the European People’s Party summit in Sofia, Bulgaria on May 16th, 2018. Photograph: Borislav Troshev

Don’t mention the “E” word. We are gathering once again in Sofia, the Bulgarian capital, to do justice to its EU presidency priority, celebrating and(...)

European Council president Donald Tusk during a media conference prior to an EU-western Balkans in Sofia, Bulgaria. Trump “has made us realise that if you need a helping hand, you will find one at the end of your arm”. Photograph:  Virginia Mayo/AP

The threat posed by Donald Trump’s administration has been likened to that of China and Russia by Donald Tusk as he condemned the US’s withdrawal from(...)

Migrants gather in a park across from City Hall in Sarajevo on May 3rd. In an election year, the issue is becoming a source of political tension in the country.  Photograph: Elvis Barukcic/AFP/Getty Images

A United Nations agency is urging EU and Balkan states to help Bosnia manage thousands of migrants who are already in the country and hundreds more w(...)

Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras is scheduled to meet his Macedonian counterpart, Zoran Zaev, on Thursday in Sofia. Photograph: Yiannis Kourtoglou/AFP/Getty Images

The leaders of Greece and Macedonia will hold keenly anticipated talks this week, as hopes rise for a deal to end their 27-year dispute over the forme(...)

Israel’s Netta Barzilai bursts out of the blocks like the kimono-wearing offspring of Bjork and Meghan Trainor.

Israel Netta Barzilai - Toy From dancing grannies to bearded ladies, the WTF bar is set preternaturally high at Eurovision. The latest performer to t(...)

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