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Sara McMurray with  pupils in southeast Rajasthan, India. Students constituted 40 per cent of all volunteers from Ireland last year, while employed people made up 44 per cent, a new report reveals

The Irish have a long history of working in the developing world, but the typical overseas volunteer in 2013 is much more likely to be a student(...)

Arab League and United Nations special envoy to Syria Lakhdar Brahimi  after a TV interview at the United Nations European headquarters in Geneva yesterday. Photograph: Denis Balibouse/Reuters

The leaders of the Arab world have blamed the Syrian government for a chemical weapons attack that killed hundreds of people last week, but declined (...)

A building Libyan officials described as a civil engineering office after it was bombed by Nato in Tripoli in August  2011. Photograph: Paul Hackett/Reuters

With western support for military intervention in Syria growing, what options are open to states such as Britain, France and the US as they try to leg(...)

US president Barack Obama: his team is reportedly  looking at the 1999 Kosovo conflict for precedents. Photograph: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters

If the US, Britain and their allies carry out punitive air strikes against the Syrian regime because of the use of chemical weapons they will most pro(...)

Russian soldiers riding an armoured personnel carrier on August 22nd, 2008, near Igoeti, on the road from Tbilisi to Gori, Georgia. Photograph: Uriel Sinai/Getty Images

Mobile phones ping with a peculiar message in the Georgian village of Ergneti: “Welcome to Russia! ” Tbilisi’s official territory stretches on (...)

A Bosnian woman cries beside the coffin of a relative, one of the 409 coffins of newly identified victims from the 1995 Srebrenica massacre, in Potocari Memorial Center, near Srebrenica today.  Photograph: Dado Ruvic/Reuters

Bosnia reburied another 409 victims of the Srebrenica massacre today but, 18 years after Europe’s worst atrocity since the Holocaust, the country rema(...)

Mitrovica, Kosovo: 
Serbian prime minister Ivica Dacic and
 Kosovo counterpart Hashim Thaci will meet in Brussels this evening to accelerate implementation of a landmark deal signed in April to improve relations, amid fears that the process is stalling ahead of the June 27
 EU summit.

Key talks today between the leaders of Serbia and Kosovo will help convince all EU states that the Balkan neighbours should be brought closer to membe(...)

Australia’s famous rocky landmarks known as the Devil’s Marbles in the outback. Photograph: David Gray/Reuters

Almost 50,000 Irish people took up visas in Australia and Canada last year, an Oireachtas committee has heard. More than 25,800 Irish peo(...)

Special European prosecutor Jonathan Ratel during the trial in Pristina of five men who have been convicted of involvement in an international organ trafficking ring. Photographs: Hazir Reka/Reuters

They came to Kosovo from east and west, people poor enough to sell their organs for quick cash, and others rich enough to pay large sums to jum(...)

Serbia’s prime minister Ivica Dacic walks past Kosovo’s Prime Minister Hashim Thaci (left) during a meeting in Brussels recently. Photograph: Yves Logghe/Pool/Reuters

Serbian prime minister Ivica Dacic has urged his country to accept that Kosovo now runs its own affairs and to work towards a future in the Eur(...)

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