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Taoiseach Micheál Martin leaving the European Council building at the end of an EU summit in Brussels where leaders clinched an unprecedented budget and coronavirus recovery fund. Photograph: Johanna Geron/AP

European shares closed above four-month highs on Tuesday after EU leaders agreed on a landmark stimulus package to revive the bloc’s economies from a (...)

Covid-19 patients being treated at the Tshwane District Hospital in Pretoria, South Africa, on Friday. Photograph:  Jerome Delay/AP

The first global wave of the Covid-19 pandemic spread from China to east Asia and from there to Europe and the United States. It followed paths of glo(...)

A man holds a newborn baby as migrants from Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan and Palestine arrive on a dinghy after crossing part of the Aegean Sea from Turkey to Lesbos. Photograph: Elias Marcou

Asylum seekers arriving in Greece have “little chance of a fair asylum procedure” and risk being deported straight back to Turkey, it has been claimed(...)

Zanyar Rasul Ahmadi has called for his case to be re-examined after spending more than four years in direct provision waiting for an answer on his asylum application. Photograph: Alan Betson

Zanyar Rasul Ahmadi arrived in Ireland in February 2016 with eight other asylum seekers and was discovered in the back of a lorry in Co Wexford that h(...)

A Syrian boy in a camp for displaced Syrians from Idlib and Aleppo provinces, near the town of Maaret Misrin in Syria’s northwestern Idlib province. Photograph: Omar Haj Kadour/AFP

Three doctors and a nurse have contracted Covid-19 in Syria’s northwesternern province Idlib, raising fears of an outbreak in this rebel-held territor(...)

People gather outside  Hagia Sophia in Istanbul to celebrate after a top Turkish court revoked its status as a museum, clearing the way for it to be turned back into a mosque. Photograph:  Ozan Kose/AFP via Getty Images

Turkey’s president Recep Tayyip Erdogan has ordered Istanbul’s Hagia Sophia, one of the world’s greatest examples of Byzantine Christian architecture,(...)

Iranian army Maj Gen Mohammad Bagheri and Syria’s defence minister Ali Ayoub exchange gifts after signing a bilateral military deal in Damascus. Photograph: Sana/AFP

Iran is stepping up efforts to maintain influence in the Middle East after a series of explosions and fires at strategic and other sites that it blame(...)

 Hatice Cengiz, the fiancee of murdered Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, speaking to the media outside the court in Istanbul on Friday. Photograph: Sedat Suna/EPA

The fiancee of the murdered Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi has told a Turkish court that all avenues for justice must be explored as 20 Saudi offici(...)

The ECDC   says the incidence of the disease fell  12%  in the second half of June, but most countries are still reporting community transmission.  Photograph: Getty Images

Ireland has the lowest current incidence of Covid-19 cases in western Europe, according to a European report that warns some countries are reporting a(...)

Buildings destroyed by prior bombardment in the town of Ariha in Syria’s rebel-held northwestern Idlib province. Photograph: Omar Haj Kadour/AFP via Getty

Nearly half of Syria’s 20 million people go to bed hungry, World Food Programme chief David Beasley has said ahead of an EU-hosted pledging conference(...)

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