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  UN special envoy  for Syria Staffan de Mistura: hopes progress can be achieved in talks between the Syrian government and militants  in Geneva after ceasefires have been agreed in Kazakhstan. Photograph: Martial Trezzini/EPA

The Syrian army regained territory from Islamic State in central and eastern Syria on Wednesday as ceasefire talks got under way again in Kazakhstan.(...)

Syrians walk in the street in Deir al-Zor after Syria’s army broke a years-long Islamic State siege on the government enclave. Photograph: Stringer/AFP/Getty Images

The Syrian army has broken a 28-month siege by the Islamic State group on the city of Deir al-Zor, a strategic oil hub on the Euphrates river in the e(...)

 Nasa astronaut Peggy Whitson after landing in a remote area outside the town of Zhezkazgan, Kazakhstan. Photograph: Sergei Ilnitsky/EPA

Nasa astronaut Peggy Whitson made a parachute landing in Kazakhstan on Saturday, breaking US records with a career-total of 665 days in orbit. Whitso(...)

Brendan Rodgers’ Celtic take a 5-0 lead to Kazakhstan. Photograph: Ian MacNicol/Getty

Manager Brendan Rodgers claims complacency is not an issue as Celtic prepare to defend their healthy 5-0 Champions League play-off lead in Astana. T(...)

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers: ‘I said right at the beginning that qualification for the Champions League was primarily going to be done with the players that got us there.’   Photograph: Jane Barlow/PA Wire.

Brendan Rodgers trusts his Celtic squad to book their place in the Champions League group stages without Patrick Roberts. The Manchester City winger(...)

Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool will play Hoffenheim in the Champions League play-off. Photograph: Getty Images

Liverpool will play Hoffenheim in the Champions League play-off round. The draw sees Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp return to his native Germany and str(...)

Ireland outperformed other predominantly English-speaking economies such as  Canada, the UK, Australia and New Zealand on the Bloomberg index

Ireland has dropped one place to 16th in Bloomberg’s 2017 innovation index. South Korea retained first place, topping the international charts in R&(...)

Yevgeny Yevtushenko – born July 18th, 1933; died April 1st, 2017 – reciting his poems in New York in 2006. Photograph: Jennifer Taylor/New York Times
Obituary: Yevgeny Yevtushenko

Yevgeny Yevtushenko, an internationally acclaimed poet with the charisma of an actor and the instincts of a politician whose defiant verse inspired a (...)

No palm tree left unclimbed: Like a Fianna Fáil politician seeking the last vote up a mountain boreen, diplomats canvassed every remote corner of the oceans from the Comoros to Vanuatu. Photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

The trigger has been pulled and the tortuous journey has begun. The diplomatic corps has been reshuffled. Experienced ambassadors have been assigned t(...)

Scenes from the war in Syria. Illustration: Marc Corrigan

Next week the Syrian conflict will enter its seventh year. What began in March 2011 as an uprising against the rule of President Bashar al-Assad turne(...)

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