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The rise in price  follows 16 months of supply cuts by Opec and Russia that have removed at least 1.8 million barrels a day from the market. Photograph: Regis Duvignau/Reuters

Oil prices climbed towards $75 (€61) a barrel on Thursday, hitting the highest level since 2014 and taking the rally over the past year to almost 50 p(...)

Britain’s prime minister Theresa May making a statement in the House of Commons defending British participation in air strikes on Syria. Photograph: AFP/PRU/Getty Images

Theresa May faced widespread criticism from opposition MPs on Monday for her failure to consult parliament ahead of Saturday’s air strikes against Syr(...)

British prime minister Theresa May gives a press conference at Downing Street in central London on April 14, 2018 following British military action against Syria.  Photograph:  Simon Dawson/AFP/Getty Images

When Theresa May comes to the House of Commons on Monday afternoon, she will face two major questions about Saturday’s bombardment of Syria: was it le(...)

The LÉ Samuel Beckett with more than 500 migrants on board during its operations in the Mediterranean in 2016.

The LÉ Samuel Beckett is returning to the Mediterranean as part of the European Union’s efforts to disrupt people smuggling and also to rescue migran(...)

Muhammed Usman (18) from Pakistan at a migrant aid centre in Belgrade after being caught and sent back from the Serbia-Croatia border. Photograph: Daniel McLaughlin

Mohammed Usman arrived back in Belgrade with a grazed nose, sore ribs and another failure to add to his list of attempts to reach the European Union. (...)

Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy  leaves his house in Paris on Wednesday. Photograph: Benoit Tessier/Reuters

Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy was on Wednesday night mis en examen or formally placed under investigation on charges of “passive corruption,(...)

Funding allegations: Muammar Gadafy with Nicolas Sarkozy in 2007. Photograph: Gamma-Rapho via Getty

The former French president Nicolas Sarkozy was taken into police custody on Tuesday for questioning about alleged Libyan financing of his 2007 presid(...)

British PM Theresa May: “We will freeze Russian state assets wherever we have evidence that they may be used to threaten the life or property of UK nationals or residents.” Photograph: PA

After days of sabre-rattling, British PM Theresa May’s response to the Salisbury attack on Sergei and Yulia Skripal was, on the face of it, a modest o(...)

Defence Forces participation in two Pesco projects will ensure they have the best equipment and training. Photograph: Alan Betson

Ireland is to agree to join two projects as part of its participation in a European Union defence project, the Permanent Structured Co-operation (Pesc(...)

The LÉ Niamh. Between October and December last the Irish Naval ship  directly rescued 613 people and helped other ships to rescue 107 more

The Government is expected on Tuesday to agree to send two Naval Service ships to the Mediterranean in an effort to help the European Union’s mission (...)

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