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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(...)

This year marks the 60th anniversary of Ireland’s first involvement in a United Nations overseas mission, when a small team were deployed to Lebanon in 1958. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Minister for State with responsibility for defence Paul Kehoe has paid tribute to members of the Defence Forces serving overseas on peacekeeping missi(...)

Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu said  US had informed him in advance about their troop withdrawal. Photograph: EPA/Jim Hollander

Prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu has vowed to step up Israel’s fight against Iran’s military presence in Syria, amid concerns that the US military’s (...)

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