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Alexandr Ruzmatovich Bekmirzaev originally Dublin, captured in Syria with an Irish passport

T he arrest of an Irish citizen in Syria because he was allegedly fighting for Islamic State, also known as Isis, has demonstrated again the need for (...)

A banner depicting Syrian president Bashar al-Assad in Douma: Unless Syria recovers, millions of Syrian refugees will stay in host countries. Photograph: Marko Djurica

Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Egypt have begun to normalise relations with Syrian president Bashar al-Assad with the aim of reducing Iran(...)

In the shadow of MacGillycuddy’s Reeks, the Black Valley.  Photograph: Tom Fahy

The newly named Reeks District of Kerry has made it on to the Rough Guide list of top places to visit in 2019, joining a Chinese region known for its (...)

A Palestinian man rides a horse-drawn cart through a puddle following heavy rains in Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip on  December 30th. Photograph: Ibraheem Abu Mustafa/Reuters

The United Nations Relief and Works Agency (Unrwa) faces a critical year after its main source of funding from the United States government was cancel(...)

Agadir in Morocco is likely to feature very highly on many Irish traveller’s plans for 2019.

As the new year starts in earnest and memories of Christmas fade, it is time to look to brighter, sunnier times ahead and share all the travel trends,(...)

Benjamin Vidmar  faces three months of total darkness, winter temperatures of -20°C and ferocious Arctic storms and blizzards while trying to grow in the Arctic

After a summer of 32°C highs in Co Clare, a winter of heavy snow and seven weeks of absolute drought it’s time to start looking at how others manage t(...)

A Palestinian woman and her child  in Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip on December 30th.  Photograph: Ibraheem Abu Mustafa/Reuters

UNRWA, the agency serving Palestinian refugees, faces two existential challenges in 2019: raising funds to maintain services to five million refugees,(...)

Ireland has ramped up plans to expand its diplomatic footprint as Brexit looms, with the opening of more than a dozen new missions in locations as diverse as Latin America, India, Africa, the Middle East and New Zealand.  Photographer: Aidan Crawley/Bloomberg

Ireland has ramped up plans to expand its diplomatic footprint as Brexit looms, with the opening of more than a dozen new missions in locations as div(...)

A handout image provided by United Arab Emirates News Agency (WAM) on December 24th, shows Sheikha Latifa bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum (left) having a meal with former president Mary Robinson at the Latifa’s home in Dubai Photograph: Stringer/AFP/HO/ WAM/Getty

Amnesty International Ireland has supported calls by lawyers for Princess Sheikha Latifa for an independent delegation be sent to Dubai to investigate(...)

Three of Mo’een Al Ali’s daughters watch on as their parents explain the barriers preventing them from going to school. Photograph: Peter Biro/European Union 2018

Three years have passed since the last time Mo’een Al Ali’s children stepped inside a school classroom. The local schools are full and the family cann(...)

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