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Free Syrian Army fighters hold Turkish and Syrian flags at the Kurdish legislative council building after capturing the city of Afrin from Kurdish Popular Protection Units (YPG) forces, in northern Syria. Photograph: Aref Tammawi/EPA

The Turkish military and allied Syrian forces have taken “total” control of the town centre of Afrin, the target of an offensive against the Kurdish m(...)

Sergei Orlov, a British national, talks to his doctor while recuperating from knee surgery at the Hospital de Calais, in Calais, France. Photograph: José Sarmento Matos/The New York Times

Serge Orlov, a 62-year-old Briton, likes to rail against what he calls the tyranny of the European Union. Like most supporters of his country’s withd(...)

A participant in th eCork St Patrick’s Day Parade. Photograph: Darragh Kane

Cork: Women who have represented Cork politically at both local and national level served as a collective group of Grand Marshals at the St Patrick’s(...)

A dinghy carrying refugees in the Aegean sea. File photograph: Yannis Behrakis/Reuters

Greece’s coast guard said the bodies of 16 people have been recovered from the sea off a Greek island in the eastern Aegean following the sinking of a(...)

A police officer stands guard outside the home of Nikolai Glushkov in London, Britain. Photograph: Peter Nicholls/Reuters

British police have launched a murder investigation into the death of the Russian businessman Nikolai Glushkov after a pathologist concluded he died f(...)

Climb Croagh Patrick, whichever way you want. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Any list of things you must do before you die runs the risk of sounding bossy, pompous or just plain exhausting. But the world is vast, and our time o(...)

James Kelman: “I always wrote about the people in the pub or the bookie’s.” Photograph: Roberto Ricciuti/ Getty

James Kelman is sipping black coffee in the cafe of Glasgow’s Mitchell Library; the largest public reference facility in Europe, that houses(...)

St Patrick’s Cathedral in midtown Manhattan, New York City. File photograph:	Fernando Vazquez Miras/Getty Images

On Saturday, as St Patrick’s Day celebrations take place across the world, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar will march along Fifth Avenue in Manhattan for the a(...)

Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp: “We play at 7.45pm on Wednesday and 12.30 on the Saturday. Oops, it’s only Liverpool. City get to play at 5.30.”

Jürgen Klopp was happy with the Champions League draw until he realised that after playing Manchester City on the Wednesday his Liverpool side would (...)

Emmanuel Macron welcomes Angela Merkel at the Elysee Palace in Paris: “Europe must present a united front,” says Dr Merkle. “When France and Germany propose things, they have a good chance of happening.” Photograph: François Mori

Germany, France and Europe waited more than six months for chancellor Angela Merkel to form her new coalition government, which was confirmed on Wedne(...)

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