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United Nations peace envoy for Syria Lakhdar Brahimi speaks during a news conference after meeting Lebanon’s caretaker Prime Minister Najib Mikati at the Grand Serail, the government headquarters, in Beirut earlier this month.  Photograph: Mohamed Azakir / Reuters

UN-Arab League envoy Lakhdar Brahimi insists there will be only two Syrian delegations – government and opposition – at the proposed US and Russian-sp(...)

Medics transport a body at the site of explosions near the Iranian embassy in Beirut today. Photograph: Reuters

Two explosions, at least one caused by a suicide bomber, rocked Iran’s embassy in Lebanon today, killing at least 23 people, including an Iranian cult(...)

  Archbishop Diarmuid Martin: “I have heard of teachers themselves bringing food to supplement individual children in their class who come to school hungry.” 
Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Some people have asked why it is that in the face of the extraordinary demands for relief for people affected by disasters in the Philippines, Syria a(...)

A women sobs while praying in a  flooded church in Tacloban, Philippines, on Thursday,  six days after the city was largely destroyed by typhoon Haiyan. Photograph: Tyler Hicks/New York Times.

Collections to help alleviate suffering in the Philippines will take place at churches throughout the island of Ireland this weekend, while collection(...)

Demonstrators wear masks during a protest against the dismantling of Syria’s chemical weapons in Albania, in front of the US embassy in Tirana. Photograph: Arben Celi/Reuters

Albania has rejected a US request to host the destruction of Syria’s chemical weapons, dealing a blow to a US-Russian accord to eliminate the nerve a(...)

Shi’ite pilgrims gather between the Imam Hussein and Imam Abbas shrines during the religious festival of Ashura. Photograph: Mushtaq Muhammed/Reuters.

At least 19 people were killed in bomb attacks targeting Iraqi police and pilgrims today, just before the end of a Shi’ite Muslim religious festival.(...)

Seeking a way out of the city, residents of Tacloban, Philippines, some injured, gather at the wreckage of the local airport. Photograph: Jes Aznar/The New York Times

Irish charities have renewed appeals for relief aid as new storms threaten to hamper rescue efforts in the Philippines. Plan Ireland chief exec(...)

A Syrian Alawite refugee woman sits with her children in a tent at the courtyard of Pirsultan Abdal Cemevi in Istanbul on October 11th last. Turkey has registered more than 600,000 Syrian refugees. Photograph: Murad Sezer/Reuters

Syrian refugees detained by Greek police last month say they were beaten and denied food and water during a 12-hour detention period. “Mohammad”, a m(...)

A fighter from Tawhid Brigade, which operates under the Free Syrian Army, runs beside a tank in Base 80 area of Aleppo, yesterday as Syrian forces, backed by Lebanese Hizbullah militants, recaptured an army base in northern Syria from rebels. Photograph:  Molhem Barakat/Reuters.

The main Western-backed Syrian opposition group has said it intends to join peace talks with the Syrian government if conditions are met.After a vote (...)

US secretary of state John Kerry with EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton before their meeting with Iranian foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in Geneva this evening. Photograph: Jason Reed/Reuters

US secretary of state John Kerry said today that important gaps needed to be bridged in high-stakes talks with Iran on curbing its nuclear programme -(...)

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