Former US president Barack Obama joins Senator Bob Casey (D- PA), Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf (and other local Democratic candidates on stage at the end of a campaign rally on Friday in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Midterm election day is November 6th. Photograph: Mark Makela/Getty Images

The Department of Foreign Affairs is to send just one official observer to monitor the US mid-term elections, after it received 13 applications for th(...)

 The mid-term congressional elections in the US are on November 6th. Photograph: Mandel Nagen/AFP/Getty Images

The State is to send a team of election observers to monitor the US mid-term congressional elections in November, reversing its previous position that(...)

 Taoiseach Leo Varadkar TD casting his vote in the Eighth Amendment referendum at Scoil Thomas, Castleknock, Dublin. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

The State should consider removing the 18-month limit on Irish emigrants returning home to vote and should also consider allowing expanded postal voti(...)

Minister of State Joe McHugh said  the number of applicants for election missions was always higher than the number of available places. File photograph: Alan Betson

The Department of Foreign Affairs will shortly call for applications from individuals who wish to take part in overseas election monitoring missions, (...)

A Canadian group is seeking to monitor the abortion referendum campaign. File photograph: Cyril Byrne

A Canadian organisation is seeking to fundraise 7,000 Canadian dollars (€4,500) to send up to 24 independent electoral observers to Ireland for the re(...)

Armoured military vehicles being prepared for a parade by pro-Russian separatists in Donetsk, Ukraine. Both Kiev and the rebels have accused each other of breaking the Minsk peace deal through recent attacks. Photograph: Alexander Ermochenko/EPA

The Ukrainian military and pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine have traded accusations, reviving concerns that a peace deal signed in Minsk in (...)

Separatist rebels are now building barricades in the cities of Donetsk and Luhansk in eastern Ukraine as government forces press in after success in c(...)

Pro-Russian militants from the ‘Vostok’ (East) arrive to the regional administration building in Donetsk yesterday. Photograph: Jakub Kaminski/EPA

The US expressed new concerns about rising violence in eastern Ukraine, including the downing of a military helicopter by pro-Russian rebels battling (...)

Veterans of the Euro-Maidan freedom movement during their drill on Maidan Square in downtown Kiev yesterday. Photograph: Filip Singer

Pro-Russian separatists today shot down a Ukrainian military helicopter in eastern Ukraine and 14 people on board, including a general, were killed, a(...)