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Syrians drive with their belongings through Ariha in the northern countryside of Syria’s Idlib province as they flee an ongoing offensive by regime forces. Photograph: Aaref Watad/AFP via Getty

The Syrian army, backed by Russian air power, is engaged in a two-pronged offensive in al-Qaeda-held areas in Idlib and Aleppo provinces. Syrian force(...)

Turkey’s president Recep Tayyip Erdogan: as unlikely to sit at any negotiating table as Donald Trump is to co-operate with his impeachment. Photograph: Mustafa Kamaci

The sea may be blue, but the location is grey. Such is the uncertainty regarding the delineation of Greece’s and Turkey’s continental shelf and the ow(...)

Ireland’s Conor Murray with referee Mathieu Raynal during the meeting with Wales last year. Photo: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Ireland v Scotland Referee: Mathieu Raynal Raynal, who red carded CJ Stander for a collision that knocked out Springbok outhalf Patrick Lambie in 20(...)

John Bolton: Said he was prepared to testify in the Senate impeachment trial if a subpoena was issued to compel him to appear. Photograph: Erin Schaff/The New York Times

When Democrats push to call witnesses in the Senate impeachment trial of President Donald Trump in the coming days, the top target will be John Bolton(...)

Memorial to John Keegan Casey in Ballymahon, Co Longford. Photograph: Courtesy of Longford  County Council/County Longford Heritage Office

The Polish rebellion of January 1863 against Tsarist Russia was hardly a subject of major concern in this country but a teenager in Longford saw it as(...)

Maurice Cohen (left), chair of the Jewish Representative Council of Ireland, pictured with President Michael D Higgins.

Last week’s commemoration at the Yad Vashem memorial in Jerusalem of the liberation of the Nazi death camp at Auschwitz 75 years ago was “ a trul(...)

Bulgarian prime minister Boyko Borissov (left) and Russian president Vladimir Putin. Bulgaria declared two Russian diplomats as personae non gratae for allegedly gathering state secrets. Photograph: Alexei Druzhinin

Moscow has sharply criticised Bulgaria after it expelled two Russians for alleged spying and charged three others in a mysterious poisoning case, in m(...)

Ukrainians freed by pro-Russian rebels during a prisoner exchange are welcomed in Kiev on December 29th, 2019. Photograph: Sergei Chuzavkov/AFP

After more than five years in captivity, Mykola Karpiuk did not believe he was really going home until he boarded a Ukrainian plane at Moscow’s Vnukov(...)

From left, representatives Zoe Lofgren, Jerrold Nadler, Adam Schiff and other House impeachment managers meet in their ante room off the floor of the Senate before the start of the day’s proceedings on Thursday. Photograph: Erin Schaff/The New York Times

US president Donald Trump was swept up by a “completely bogus” Ukraine theory pushed by attorney Rudy Giuliani that led to his abuse of power and impe(...)

The EU’s new foreign policy chief, the experienced and hard-nosed Josep Borrell, has spoken of Europe learning 'to use the language of power'. Photograph: Kenzo Tribouillard/AFP via Getty Images

EU debates about its role as a global power are as old as the European project itself. Yet every effort to turn the bloc into a genuine geopolitical p(...)

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