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Supporters of deposed Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi perform Friday prayers during a protest at the Rabaa Adawiya square  in Cairo on Friday. Photograph:  Mohamed Abd El Ghany/Reuters

Military jets thundered overhead and troops deployed at strategic sites on Friday as supporters and opponents of deposed Egyptian president Mohamed M(...)

Iraqi security forces and people gather at the site of a car bomb attack in Kut on Monday. Another bomb blast today killed at least 20 in Wajihiya in the province of Diyala today. Photograph: Jaafer Abed/Reuters

A suicide bomber blew himself up inside a Sunni mosque in central Iraq, killing at least 20 people in the middle of a sermon today.The explosion took (...)

Eamon Gilmore said the security of personnel was an issue of particular concern and the UN was “forthright and flexible” in its response

Ireland was asked to provide Defence Force personnel for the Golan Heights to ensure the UN’s mission was seen as credible, Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore tol(...)

Maen Salah-Eddin Ali is sworn in as new governor of Quneitra city before Syria’s president Bashar al-Assad (right) in Damascus today. The latest fighting is further evidence that the conflict between rebels and president Bashar al-Assad’s forces that has engulfed Syria since early 2011 has splintered into turf wars that have little to do with removing him.  Photograph: Sana/Reuters

Kurdish fighters have seized control of a Syrian town on the border with Turkey and are battling Islamist rebel groups linked to al-Qaeda for control (...)

A supporter of deposed Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi uses a slingshot to shoot stones at police and anti-Mursi protesters during clashes in central Cairo this week. Photograph: Reuters/Asmaa Waguih

The West’s message to the disenfranchised people of Egypt roughly translates as: “Only when you elect a leader that suits our purposes will we apply t(...)

Israeli soldiers sit atop a tank as they patrol near the Quneitra border crossing between Israel and Syria, on the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights. Photograph Reuter/Baz Ratner

The decision to deploy an Irish Defence Forces mechanised infantry company to the Golan Heights as part of the United Nations Disengagement Observer F(...)

A Syrian child holds her sibling at a camp in Baalbek, Lebanon, for Syrians who have fled the fighting in their country. Photograph: Spencer Platt/Getty Images

The number of people fleeing the conflict in Syria has escalated to an average of 6,000 a day during 2013 – a rate not seen since the genocide in Rwan(...)

Students who are studying in Syria walk towards the Quneitra border crossing between Israel and Syria. Photograph: Baz Ratner/Reuters

Dublin’s decision to deploy a 114-strong mechanised infantry unit to the Golan buffer zone will boost at a crucial time the UN Disengagement Observer (...)

Samantha Power, the nominee to be the US representative to the United Nations, testifies before the Senate foreign relations committee  in Washington, DC yesterday. Power has received broad bipartisan support for her nomination. Photograph: Win McNamee/Getty Images

Dublin-born Samantha Power, President Obama’s nominee to be the next US ambassador to the United Nations, criticised the world body’s inaction over Sy(...)

Free Syrian Army members sit on the back of a truck carrying an improvised rocket launcher in Deir al-Zor yesterday. Photograph: Reuters

Gunmen assassinated a well-known media defender of Syrian president Bashar al-Assad in Lebanon today, as Syria’s civil war steadily infects its smalle(...)

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