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Guided missiles seen in the sky during what is reported to be an attack in Damascus, Syria. Photograph: Youmiyat Qadifat Hawun fi Damashq/Reuters

Amid fears that the two countries are heading towards a major confrontation, Israel and Iran continued to threaten each other on Monday, indicating th(...)

Ghaythaa Abdualdahab  in Mosney Provision Centre in Co Louth: “What I want now is for my children to learn the language and integrate into Irish society.” Photograph: James Forde

Ghaythaa Abdualdahab first began feeling physically unwell when she heard her daughter’s husband had been killed. Even before his death she was desper(...)

Carlos Ghosn at the Paris Auto Show last year. Photograph: Regis Duvignau/File Photo/Reuters

Carlos Ghosn’s latest bail application was rejected by a Japanese court, extending his detention and helping prosecutors build their case against the (...)

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(...)

The visit by Taoiseach Leo Varadkar to Irish troops serving on the United Nations mission to Mali in Africa is a welcome and timely reminder of the important role the Defence Forces have played in peace keeping around the world for more than half a century.

The visit by Taoiseach Leo Varadkar to Irish troops serving on the European Union mission to Mali in Africa is a welcome and timely reminder of the im(...)

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(...)

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,(...)

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(...)

At present, there are 650 personnel serving abroad, the bulk of them (462) deployed with the UN Interim Force in Lebanon. Photograph: Alan Betson

Almost 1,700 members of the Defence Forces served in United Nations and Irish Government-mandated operations in 14 countries around the world in 2018,(...)

President Donald Trump during an unannounced trip at Al Asad Air Base in Iraq. Photograph: Al Drago/The New York Times

Uncertainty created by US policy shifts in the Middle East is forcing regional and international actors to rethink relationships and forge new approac(...)

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