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The Defence Forces has requested permission to deploy the Government jet, which is operated by the Air Corps and is the only aircraft in the corps’ fleet capable of making the journey. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

The Government is making plans to rent an aircraft to evacuate Irish army officers from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) amid growing fears for (...)

Irish Army Ranger wing on patrol as part of UN peacekeeping duties.

Some 350 Irish troops serving in Lebanon will have to spend an extra six weeks in the country due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The troops were originall(...)

 Taoiseach Leo Varadkar visits Irish Troops in Mali in 2019. File photograph:  Cian Clancy

Irish special forces troops are expected to rotate home from Mali by the end of April, despite a request from the United Nations to extend their missi(...)

Manchán Magan in Ethiopia. Photograph: Florent Mason

Shilpa Ganatra: ‘Oaxaca in Mexico, Madagascar and Belize are now at the top of the list’ This weekend, I was meant to be soaking in the sun(...)

Orthodox Christians pray outside the closed Medhane Alem Cathedral in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia as the government warned the population to avoid large gatherings to curb the spread of the  coronavirus. Photograph:  Michael Tewelde/AFP/ Getty Images)

Ethiopia has postponed August elections due to the coronavirus pandemic but Burundi says it will go ahead with a vote scheduled for May 20th. The upc(...)

Irish Army Ranger wing on patrol.

The UN has suspended the rotation home of more than 400 Irish peacekeepers deployed in Lebanon and Mali in a bid to stem the spread of coronavirus. H(...)

 An African foreign national, part of a group of more than 100 foreign national refugees living on a sidewalk in Cape Town city centre, brushes her teeth during  a 21-day national  lockdown to contain coronavirus, in Cape Town, South Africa.  Photograph: Nic Bothma/EPA

It is perhaps inevitable that we are preoccupied by the news of the pandemic’s progress closest to home. These are our people, our family, our colleag(...)

 French soldiers use detectors to  search for improvised explosive devices during the Burkhane Operation in northern Burkina Faso, in November 2019. File photograph: Michele Cattani/AFP via Getty

Militants killed 43 people during attacks in Burkina Faso this week, turning attention back on the restive Sahel region. The Ouagadougou government (...)

Fourteen Irish soldiers from the Army Rangers Wing began phased arrival in Mali in September 2019 to serve with the 15,000-strong UN force, Minusma. Photograph: Defence Forces

Three members of the Irish Army Ranger wing serving in Mali were injured on Tuesday when their armoured vehicle struck a roadside explosive device. (...)

French president Emmanuel Macron  at   Les Invalides monument in Paris where he stood to  attention by the coffins of  13 French soldiers killed in Mali. Photograph: AP Photo/Thibault Camus, Pool

The 29 members of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (Nato) will celebrate its 70th anniversary in London on Tuesday and Wednesday, as the allianc(...)

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