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A group of women comfort each other after a memorial service in the Russian Orthodox Church in Kizlyar, Russia on Monday, following Sunday’s gun attack.  Photograph:  RU-RTR Russian Television via AP

Islamic State has claimed responsibility for a deadly attack in the Russian region of Dagestan on Sunday, when a gunman opened fire on worshippers lea(...)

Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu holds up an object what he claimed was a piece of an Iranian drone shot down in Israeli airspace as he gives a speech during the Munich Security Conference  in Germany. Photograph: AFP/ MSC Munich Security Conference/ Lennart Preiss

Prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu said on Sunday that Israel could act against Iran itself, not just its allies in the Middle East, after border incid(...)

 A woman carries a suitcase at Corail, a camp for displaced people on the outskirts of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, after an earthquake in 2010.  Photograph: Andres Martinez Casares/Reuters

When you’re working in a war zone or after a natural disaster, emotions can run high, says one Irish UN worker with long experience in the aid sector.(...)

French president Emmanuel Macron said contradictions within the European People’s Party and the Party of European Socialists in the European Parliament are blocking progress. Photograph: Ludovic Marin/AP

President Emmanuel Macron has called for a “recomposition” of political groupings within the European Parliament and indicated that he is likely to fo(...)

An appeal has been issued by gardaí for help finding a missing youth who arrived in Ireland as an unaccompanied minor last August. Gardaí in Navan ha(...)

US secretary of state Rex Tillerson meets Turkisb president Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Ankara on Thursday. Photograph: Turkish presidential press service/AFP/Getty Images

Turkey said on Thursday it had demanded the United States expel a Kurdish militia from forces it backs in Syria, setting up the visiting US secretary(...)

An aerial view of Raqqa, the one-time capital of Islamic State’s so-called caliphate, after US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces said military operations to oust the jihadist group ended last October. Photograph: Gabriel Chaim/AP

The collapse of Islamic State’s “caliphate” in Syria and Iraq has been one of the most positive developments of recent years. Having terrorised the 10(...)

Jon Williams, RTÉ’s news and current affairs MD and board member of the Committee to Protect Journalists: “Very few of the murders of journalists ever result in people being brought to justice.” Photograph: RTÉ

When Meryl Streep stood up at the Golden Globes last year and invited Hollywood to join her in supporting the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) –(...)

 President Donald Trump saluting a military aide upon arriving  at Newark  airport in  New Jersey. The president’s  notion  of hosting a military parade in Washington is a step too far for most. Photograph: Getty Images

Another week, another controversy in Washington, as Donald Trump continues to subvert all norms of presidential behaviour and take even his most stead(...)

The Syrian town of Kobani in 2014. The US-led coalition has carried out more than 27,000 airstrikes against Islamic State targets in Iraq and Syria since August 2014.  Photograph: Gokhan Sahin/Getty Images

Perhaps the most significant set of events in the Middle East over the past 12 months has been the near total elimination of the radical jihadist move(...)

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