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British prime minister David Cameron  and Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte  during the first day of a European Council summit in Brussels yesterday. Photograph: Thierry Roge/EPA

European leaders pledged to deepen defence co-operation and improve the capacity of member states to conduct peace-keeping missions, at a summit last (...)

An internally displaced man holds his son inside a United Nations Missions in Sudan (UNMIS) compound in Juba today. South Sudanese government troops battled to regain control of a flashpoint town and sent forces to quell fighting in a vital oil producing area today, the fifth day of a conflict that that has deepended ethnic divisions in the two-year-old nation. Photograph: Goran Tomasevic/Reuters
UN base in South Sudan stormed
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  • December 19, 2013, 16:19

A United Nations base sheltering civilians in South Sudan was stormed today, with peacekeepers among the believed casualties. The compound of the UN m(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny and his British counterpart David Cameron will visit first World War graves and memorials on the former Western Front today in th(...)

David Cameron and Enda Kenny will jointly attend the event. Photograph: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images

Taoiseach Enda Kenny and British prime minister David Cameron will this morning visit first World War graves and memorials in Flanders, Belgium. The (...)

Aer Arann is to operate four new flights per week to Newcastle as part of an expanded 2014 service from Cork Airport.Aer Lingus Regional, operated by (...)

David Cameron, the British prime minister, addresses the key health ministers in all G8 countries about the fight against dementia. Photograph: Crown Copyright

For those who care about a better life for those affected by dementia, an early Christmas present came from an unexpected source. The G8, the group of(...)

Civilians take shelter at the United Nations Mission in the Republic of South Sudan  compound on the outskirts of capital Juba. Photograph: Reuters

The United Nations received reports from local sources in South Sudan today that between 400 and 500 people had been killed and up to 800 wounded in (...)

A member of the Notre Dame cheerleading squad is held aloft in Dublin’s Temple Bar ahead of their American footbal match against Navy in September. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/The Irish Times

Tourism Ireland has reported a 7 per cent rise in visitor numbers for the island of Ireland, the best since the global economic crisis began. Some eig(...)

Miley Cyrus does her twerking thing with  Robin Thicke during the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards in New York in August. Photograph: Lucas Jackson/Reuters

What links Miley Cyrus, Minister for the Environment Phil Hogan, twerking and a crystal meth dealer from New Mexico? All four have appeared at the top(...)

South Sudan’s president Salva Kiir (right) addresses a news conference at the Presidential Palace in the capital Juba yesterday. Photograph: Hakim George/Reuters

South Sudan’s president Salva Kiir declared a curfew in the capital Juba yesterday after overnight clashes between rival factions of soldiers, which h(...)

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