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Although half of Islamic State’s foreign recruits may have been killed in action, survivors have dispersed and sprung up across the globe. Photograph: Delil Souleiman/AFP/Getty

The fall of the last pocket of Islamic State territory at the village of Baghouz in southeastern Syria does not signal the defeat of the terror group.(...)

A British military plane flies in the Liptako area between Gao and Menaka, Mali, on Friday.  Photograph Daphné Benoit/AFP/Getty Images

Gunmen killed at least 134 Fulani herders in central Mali on Saturday, a local mayor said, the deadliest such attack of recent times in a region reeli(...)

Troops at a military centre in Mali during a visit by Taoiseach Leo Varadkar. Photograph: The Defence Forces

A European Union military training centre in Mali, where 11 Defence Force personnel are working, remainson high alert after a weekend attack from what(...)

Chinese worshippers receive the Eucharist from a priest as they attend a Mass on  Christmas Eve 2018 at a Catholic church in Beijing. Photograph:  Wang Zhao/AFP/Getty Images

The persecution of Christians in China is the worst it has been for more than a decade, with at least 50 million people expected to experience some fo(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar meets school children in Kawaneet, Ethiopia. Photograph: Harry McGee

Yesterday was Leo Varadkar’s first visit to the heart of Africa. Sure he had been on the continent for four days but it was controlled. He was in a pr(...)

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(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar meets Irish troops in Mali during his visit to Africa.

The European Union is willing to give fresh, written assurances about the nature of the Northern Ireland backstop ahead of next week’s key vote at Wes(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Defence Forces Chief of Staff, Vice-Admiral Mark Mellett, and trainer Sgt John Maloney watch local soldiers undergo training manoeuvre at a training camp in Mali. Photograph: Harry McGee

It is a ghost village, with four rows of concrete houses stretching along a long empty street. The population all left some years ago for some reasons(...)

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Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has adopted a “too moderate” tone following the capture of an Irish citizen alleged to have been fighting there with Islamic St(...)

 Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has praised British prime minister Theresa May’s latest comments on the Irish Border. File photograph: Tom Honan/PA Wire

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said British prime minister Theresa May’s acceptance that ensuring a seamless Irish Border post-Brexit needed to involve mo(...)

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