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Undated family handout photo of Ibrihim Halawa with sisters Fatima, Omaima and Somaia.

Minister for Foreign Affairs Eamon Gilmore has said the Irish embassy in Cairo is in constant contact with the family and representatives of Ebraheem (...)

Supporters of jailed former Ukrainian prime minister and opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko during a rally in front of the parliament building in Kiev. Photograph: Sergii Polezhaka/Reuters

Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore travels to Brussels today for the final meeting of EU foreign affairs ministers before next week’s Eastern Partnership summit i(...)

Doris Lessing  died peacefully at her London home in the early hours of the morning, publisher HarperCollins said in a statement. Photograph: Johnny Green/PA Wire

Nobel Prize-winning novelist Doris Lessing - one of the most important English-language writers of the late 20th century - has died aged 94, her pub(...)

Israel’s prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu attends the weekly cabinet meeting today in Jerusalem. Photograph: Dan Balilty - Pool/Getty Images

Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu launched an intensive campaign on Sunday to convince world powers to toughen terms of a proposed nuclear dea(...)

Shi’ite pilgrims gather between the Imam Hussein and Imam Abbas shrines during the religious festival of Ashura. Photograph: Mushtaq Muhammed/Reuters.

At least 19 people were killed in bomb attacks targeting Iraqi police and pilgrims today, just before the end of a Shi’ite Muslim religious festival.(...)

Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu attends a special Knesset (Israeli parliament) session yesterday. Photograph: Uriel Sinai/Getty Images.

Israel’s prime minister has abruptly halted a plan to explore the potential construction of thousands of new homes in West Bank settlements.Benjamin N(...)

EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton and Iran’s foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif at a news conference  in Geneva over the weekend. PhotographL Jason Reed/Reuters

The Iranian foreign minister turned to a Twitter account to challenge US secretary of state John Kerry over the failure of talks last weekend in Genev(...)

European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton (R) and Iranian foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif arrive at a news conference at the end of the Iranian nuclear talks in Geneva on Sunday. Photograph: Jason Reed/Reuters.

Iranian foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif hit back at US secretary of state John Kerry today and blamed divisions between Western powers for the (...)

Members of indie band the Yellow Dogs (L-R) Soroush Farazmand, Siavash ‘Obash’ Karampour and Koory Mirz perform at the Brooklyn Bowl in Williamsburg neighbourhood in New York. Photograph: Ray Thomas/Handout via Reuters.

For their music they had risked the wrath of Iran’s government, practicing American-style rock in makeshift soundproof studios and performing it in un(...)

Nuclear talks

Neither a breakdown, nor a breakthrough. The weekend talks in Geneva on Iran’s nuclear programme with six world powers – the US, Britain, Russia, Fran(...)

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