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Undated handout  made available by Hizbullah’s media office of Hassan al-Laqqis, a senior commander with the Lebanese Shia militant group, who was reported killed overnight outside his home in Beirut. Photograph: EPA

Lebanon’s Shia militant Hizbullah group has said one of its commanders was killed outside his Beirut home in an overnight attack which it blamed on (...)

A man carries bread as he walks past damaged buildings in Aleppo’s al-Ansari al-Sharqi neighborhood December on Monday. Photograph: Mahmoud Hebbo

A suicide bomber killed four people and wounded 17 yesterday in central Damascus as radical fundamentalists tightened their grip on the ancient Christ(...)

Minister for Defence Alan Shatter reviewing 43 Infantry Group UNDOF on the eve of its departure for a tour of peacekeeping duty in the Golan Heights in September. Photograph: Dave Meehan

An investigation into a fire fight involving Irish troops in Syria last week has found the troops were deliberately ambushed by armed elements and tha(...)

Denmark and New Zealand were found to be the least corrupt on the Transparency International Corruption Perceptions Index for 2013. Image: Transparency International

Ireland is ranked number 21 out of 177 countries named on the annual ‘corruption’ index published by Transparency International, up from a ranking of (...)

A Free Syrian Army fighter rests near some weapons in Aleppo today. The UN has said evidence collected by its investigators looking into Syrian war crimes implicates president Bashar al-Assad. Photograph: Molhem Barakat/Reuters.

Evidence collected by UN investigators looking into Syrian war crimes implicates president Bashar al-Assad, United Nations human rights chief Navi Pil(...)

A man walks amid tear gas during clashes between Egyptian security forces and supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood and ousted President Mohamed Morsi following a demonstration in Cairo last Friday. Photograph: Mahmoud Khaled/AFP/Getty Images

A hundred years ago, an Arab spring was something in the suspension of a bicycle saddle. In a few years’ time its current incarnation may be just as o(...)

A boy reacts inside his home that was damaged by what activists said was shelling from forces loyal to Syria’s president Bashar Al-Assad in Qatana, Aleppo. Photograph: Mahmoud Hebbo/Reuters

Syrian government helicopters dropped barrels full of explosives on a rebel-held town near the northern city of Aleppo, killing at least 50 people in (...)

A young boy cycles past a coffin amid scenes of devastation in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan  in Tacloban, Philippines. Photograph: Kevin Frayer/Getty Images)

Ireland has sent another 16 tonnes of life-saving supplies to the Philippines. Minister for Trade and Development Joe Costello said the shipment of wa(...)

Members of the Garda at the scene in the Phoenix Park, by the Wellington Monument, where the body of a man was found burned to death early on Friday morning. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Gardaí investigating the murder of man who was burnt alive in a sleeping bag in Dublin’s Phoenix Park have made an arrest.A 27-year-old man was detain(...)

Sigrid Kaag, head of the joint UN-OPCW Syria team, said today the mission faced a challenge to get the most lethal chemical agents out of Syria by the end of the year target, in the midst of a civil war which has killed 100,000 people.  . Photograph: Khaled al-Hariri/Reuters

The United States has offered to destroy Syrian chemicals on a US ship, the global chemical weapons watchdog said today, and is looking for a suitable(...)

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