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Members of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards Corps march during the annual military parade marking the anniversary of the outbreak of the 1980-1988 war with Iraq, in the capital Tehran on Saturday. In Iran’s southwestern city of Ahvaz during commemoration of the same event, dozens of people were killed in an attack. Photograph:  AFP/Getty Images

Soldiers in dress uniform lay prone in the street. Others, apparently heavily armed, faced the assailants, then threw themselves to the ground without(...)

People gather during a funeral for the victims of assault that killed 25 people, in the streets of the southwestern Iranian city of Ahvaz, Iran. Photograph:  Tasnim News Agency/via Reuters

Iranian supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Monday that the attackers who killed 25 people at a military parade were paid by Saudi Arabia an(...)

Hizbullah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah addresses  supporters on a screen in Beirut, Lebanon. Hizbullah will maintain a presence in Syria “until further notice”. Photograph: Aziz Taher/Reuters

The leader of the Iranian-backed militant group, Hizbullah, has declared the movement’s fighters will remain in Syria as long as Damascus requires mil(...)

The Sliding Chapel in Byblos, Lebanon, was built in collaboration with an international team from Meeting of Design Students (Meds)

Inside a charred-wood chapel atop a cliff in Lebanon, everything slows down. The 5sq m structure, built by architect Kieran Donnellan and students at (...)

UHG’s centre of excellence treats cancer patients right along the Atlantic seaboard from Donegal to north Clare. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Eleanor McGowan adopts an easy attitude to her cancer diagnosis, but knows a look of near panic when she sees one. “It’s when a machine breaks down, (...)

Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin following their talks in Sochi on Monday.  Turkish-US relations have soured, encouraging Moscow to establish a bilateral regional strategic alliance.  Photograph: Alexander Zemlianichenko/Pool via Reuters

The decision by Russia and Turkey to establish a demilitarised zone around Syrian’s Idlib province to avert a Syrian army offensive to recapture the j(...)

Judges for the first round of this year’s Irish Times Innovation awards: Lana Briggs of KPMG; Lisa Higgins of Science Foundation Ireland; David Keeley of Enterprise Ireland; Michael McAleer of The Irish Times; and Eric Donald of Teagasc. They were joined in the judging by (not in photo) Gearóid Mooney of Enterprise Ireland and Ciaran Heavey of UCD.

After sorting through this year’s applications, 85 entrants qualified to enter this year’s awards judging process, across five categories. The innovat(...)

Syrian children at a camp for displaced civilians fleeing from advancing Syrian government forces in Idlib province. Photograph: Amer Alhamwe/AFP/Getty Images

As the battle for Syria’s jihadi-dominated Idlib province looms, the UN is scrambling to avert a humanitarian disaster and calling for a negotiated so(...)

Palestinian students attend their class at Haifa School which is run by the United Nations Works and Relief Agency for Palestinian Refugees (UNRWA) in a southern suburb of Beirut, Lebanon. Photograph: Nabil Mounzer/EPA

The United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), which provides for Palestinian refugees, has one of the most important functions in the UN system.(...)

United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (Unifil) peacekeepers mark the 40th anniversary in March of its peacekeeping presence in southern Lebanon, in southern Lebanon. Photograph: Ali Hashisho/Reuters

More than 100 additional Irish soldiers are to join the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (Unifil ) from November for a 12-month period, the Min(...)

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