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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(...)

A youth rests in a hospital after being wounded by a mortar bomb that landed near Umayyad Mosque in Damascus yesterday. The mortar bomb killed at least four people and 26 were wounded, state media said. Photograph: Reuters/Sana

Friday night is family night at the Malki mall. Nora, her son and his friend get out of the vehicle as her husband Issam hands the key to the valet fo(...)

A displaced Syrian child in a makeshift camp for refugees only miles from the Syrian border in Majdal Anjar, Lebanon. “If we do not act quickly, a generation of innocents will become lasting casualties of an appalling war,” the UNHCR report said. Photograph: Spencer Platt/Getty Images

Half of all refugees from the civil war in Syria are children and of those, three quarters are under the age of 12, according to the latest report fro(...)

Soldiers of the 43rd Infantry Group 
on a march-past at Cathal Brugha barracks today, where Alan Shatter, TD, Minister for Justice, Equality & Defence performed a ministerial review of 43 Infantry Group UNDOF on the eve of its departure for a tour of peacekeeping duty in
departing for the peacekeeping mission in 
the Golan Heights in

The ambushing of Irish troops, with vehicles carrying Defence Forces personnel taking volleys of shots and what looks like a blast from an explosive d(...)

Irish troops have been fired on by Syrian anti-government forces in the Golan Heights area. Photograph: Kate Geraghty/The Irish Times

Irish troops serving on the United Nations mission in Syria have come under fire from anti government armed forces, with a number of their vehicles da(...)

Residents gather near damaged cars at a site hit by what activists say was an airstrike by forces loyal to Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad, near a children’s park in Duma neighbourhood of Damascus. Photograpgh: Yousef Albostany/Reuters

During a brief encounter with Syrian Arab Red Crescent (Sarc) president Abdul Rahman Attar on the stair at the organisation’s headquarters, I congratu(...)

Damage to a mural in the Omayyad mosque in Damascus. Photograph: Michael Jansen

Random mortars fired from the countryside by rebels have damaged the grand eighth-century Omayyad mosque in Damascus, regarded as the fourth holiest p(...)

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