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Al-Hol displacement camp in Hasaka governorate, Syria: Ireland has set a pragmatic example to other countries by agreeing to repatriate Lisa Smith who is currently there.  Photograph: Issam Abdallah/Reuters

Hardcore jihadi fighters have held out for weeks in a shrinking corner of the Syrian village of Baghouz, besieged by Kurdish forces. Jihadis fight on (...)

Children at the al-Hawl  camp, which is saturated by civilians fleeing Baghouz, the last pocket in Syria held by Islamic State. Photograph: Laurence Geai/Le Monde

Unlike many western European countries, the State has taken a relatively benign approach to the question of what to do with jihadists returning from S(...)

Patrice and Lydie Maninchedda have learned that French special forces had rescued their grandsons from al-Hawl refugee camp in Syria. Photograph: Lydia Maninchedda

Lydie and Patrice Maninchedda appealed to president Emmanuel Macron in February, begging him to have the “humanity” to bring their three small grandso(...)

Omar Nabi speaks to the media about losing his father Haji Daoud in the mosque attacks. Photograph: Edgar Su/Reuters

Fifty people have been confirmed killed, and 50 injured, in Friday’s terrorist attack on two mosques in the New Zealand city of Christchurch. As of Sa(...)

Lisa Smith from Dundalk (to right of taoiseach and Chief of Staff)  converted to Islam and moved to Syria. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Lisa Smith, the 37-year-old Irish woman and former soldier who married an Isis fighter and now wants to return to Ireland, is emblematic of a problem (...)

Destruction following an airstrike in the jihadist-held city of Idlib in  northwestern Syria on March 14th. Photograph: Muhammad Haj Kadour/AFP/Getty

Foreign ministers have pledged as much as $5 billion (€4.4 billion) to help Syrian refugees inside the country and on its borders, as European officia(...)

 Republican US senator Lindsey Graham, Israel prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu    and US ambassador David Friedman at the border line between Israel and Syria at the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights on  March 11th. Photograph: Ronen Zvulun

The Trump administration may recognise Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights when prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu visits the White House later (...)

Abortion precondition runs counter to a doctor’s constitutional and human right to freedom of conscience, say bishops.

The Catholic bishops have expressed regret at pre-conditions for applicants in recent advertisements for medical posts at the National Maternity Hospi(...)

A US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces  soldier sits on a rooftop as smoke rises from the ongoing battle to oust Islamic State militants from Baghouz, Syria, on Wednesday, March 13th, 2019. Photograph: Maya Alleruzzo/AP Photo

Islamic State launched two counter-attacks on US-backed fighters besieging their final shred of territory in eastern Syria on Wednesday but were beate(...)

The new Toyota Rav4   ticks a lot more boxes. For a start it has the rugged image. It also has the family space

When your life depends on a car’s reliability those in the world’s hotspots tend to turn to two models: the Hilux and the Land Cruiser. From the mount(...)

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