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The rise in price  follows 16 months of supply cuts by Opec and Russia that have removed at least 1.8 million barrels a day from the market. Photograph: Regis Duvignau/Reuters

Oil prices climbed towards $75 (€61) a barrel on Thursday, hitting the highest level since 2014 and taking the rally over the past year to almost 50 p(...)

Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu  and his wive Sara  attend the  opening ceremony of Israel’s 70th Independence Day celebrations in Jerusalem on Wednesday. Photograph: Abir Sultan/EPA

On Wednesday night, mourning turned to celebration in Israel as Memorial Day for the country’s fallen soldiers ended and the country’s 70th anniversar(...)

The man’s EU rights had not been breached because he has never been an Irish or EU citizen, the judge said.

The Court of Appeal has dismissed an Iranian man’s appeal against the State’s refusal, on national security grounds, to grant him Irish citizenship. (...)

Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney (right) speaks with British foreign secretary Boris Johnson during a  meeting of EU foreign ministers in Luxembourg on Monda. Photograph: Virginia Mayo/AP

EU foreign ministers on Monday expressed “understanding” rather than outright support for the weekend attack on Syria by the US, UK and France, in a p(...)

Surface-to-air missile defences light up the sky over Damascus during  US-led air strikes on Syria. Photograph: AP Photo/Hassan Ammar

The EU’s unequivocal support for Saturday’s missile strikes on Syria is likely to be somewhat muted on Monday when foreign ministers meet in Luxembour(...)

Syrians gather  in  Umayyad Square,  Damascus, on April 14th to condemn the strikes by the US, Britain and France against the Syrian regime. Photograph: Getty Images

Shocked awake before dawn on Saturday by the reverberating explosions of 76 missiles striking a research facility at Barzeh northeast of the capital, (...)

Russian president Vladimir Putin: “Russia condemns in the most serious way the attack on Syria, where Russian servicemen are helping the lawful government in the fight against terrorism.” Photograph: Getty Images

Russia responded with a stream of invective and bluster to the US-led air strikes on Syria on Friday night, but the immediate threat of a direct milit(...)

Syrian army soldiers advancing in an area on the eastern outskirts of Douma. Photograph: Stringer/AFP/Getty Images

The alleged use of chemical weapons by the Assad regime against civilians in Douma last weekend has now brought about a US-led military response. Don(...)

Every death counts sadly: Syrians carry dead bodies after reported shelling by government forces in Douma in the eastern Ghouta region, on November 17th, 2017. Photograph: Amer Almohibany/AFP/Getty

In seven years, the casualties of Syria’s civil war have grown from the first handful of protesters shot by government forces to hundreds of thousands(...)

An aircraft landing at the British air   base at Akrotiri,  Cyprus. The same base  was used during the 1991 and 2003 US-led wars to mount attacks on Iraq. Photograph: AP Photo/Petros Karadjias

Britain has requested Cyprus to reserve airspace in its air traffic control region in preparation for potential Western military strikes in retaliatio(...)

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