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Russian ambassador Yury Filatov with the media in the Russian embassy last week. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Ireland is not among the 14 EU States that decided to expel a total of 32 Russian diplomats in a co-ordinated move yesterday. However, while not mak(...)

 Russian ambassador Yury Filatov with  the media in the Russian embassy on Friday  afternoon. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney will receive a security briefing early next week, after which a decision on whet(...)

Israeli soldiers inspect the remains of an Israeli F-16 fighter jet that was shot down after taking fire from a  Syrian anti-aircraft system, near the northern Israeli Kibbutz  of Harduf. Photograph: Abir Sultan/EPA

Israel launched its most intensive air strikes yet against Iranian forces in Syria on Saturday after intercepting what it said was an Iranian drone an(...)

Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas: US president Donald Trump’s  decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital  made it impossible for the Palestinian Authority under Abbas to sit down at the negotiating table. Photograph: Alaa Badarneh/EPA

Is it a sign of incorrigible optimism or mass delusion that so many of us still refer to the Middle East peace process in the present tense? Many year(...)

People look at an artwork depicting Qatar’s emir, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, in Doha. Since the imposition of a boycott of Qatar by other Gulf states, Tamim has become the object of a fervent personality cult. Photograph: Naseem Zeitoon/Reuters

For the emir of Qatar, there has been little that money can’t buy. As a teenager he dreamed of becoming the Boris Becker of the Arab world, so his par(...)

 Pope Francis  speaks to journalists aboard his flight to Italy at the end of his visit to South America on Monday. Photograph: EPA/Luca Zennaro

Pope Francis has apologised to victims of clerical sex abuse on Sunday, acknowledging he had “wounded many” in comments defending a Chilean bishop wh(...)

In the 25 years since the signing of the Oslo accords, the prospects for an enduring peace deal between Israelis and Palestinians have arguably never (...)

Senior Palestinian official Salim Zaanoun reads a statement at the end of a meeting of the Palestinian Central Council in the West Bank city of Ramallah on Tuesday. Photograph: Abbas Momani/AFP/Getty Images

The Palestinian Central Council has voted to call for the suspension of recognition of Israel as a response to US president Donald Trump’s recognitio(...)

President Donald Trump during an event to honour Dr Martin Luther King jnr in the White House, on Friday. The White House on Friday warned this would be the last time the sanctions on Iran would be waivered. Photograph: Evan Vucci/AP

The Trump administration unveiled new sanctions on Iran on Friday, but extended a waiver on existing sanctions, effectively keeping the Iran nuclear d(...)

A mosque in the Egyptian town of Bir al-Abed, North Sinai, photographed a day after a  bombing and shooting attack, for which Islamic State was held to be responsible, killed more than 300 people on November 24th, 2017. Photograph: Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

Three brothers from the dusty Gaza border town of Rafah paid smugglers to spirit them through underground tunnels across the border into Egypt. There (...)

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