Simon Coveney is hosting a dinner on Monday and a meeting on Tuesday in Farmleigh. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney will host a private meeting of a group of Arab and EU foreign ministers on Monday to discuss the Middle Eas(...)

France’s Emmanuel Macron expressed disappointment at Moscow’s continuing failure to meet obligations in Ukraine line with the 2015 Minsk agreement. Photograph: Ludovic Marin/AFP/Getty Images

EU leaders on Thursday launched into  the first difficult round of a budget negotiation process that promises be every bit as tortuous, far more (...)

A pile of rubble where explosives from Islamic State  levelled the stone walls and most of the Roman columns at the city gate of Palmyra, Syria. Photograph: Bryan Denton/The New York Times

Unesco was created in 1945 to foster a spirit of collaboration between nations. The preamble to its Constitution reads: “Since wars begin in the minds(...)