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Taoiseach Leo Varadkar visits Irish troops in Mali in January. The existing troops are there in a non-combat training role.

Ireland went to war twice this week. One of these conflicts – the one that dominated public discussion – was a running joke. The idea that diplomatic (...)

 President Michael D Higgins hosts a meeting with representatives of the group of small island developing states. Photograph:  Maxwell

Ireland stands with small island states in acknowledging their vulnerability in a world that is in crisis – “ethically, ecologically, with widening an(...)

Anwar Gargash, the United Arab Emirates minister of state for foreign affairs, has called on the UN Security Council to help hold accountable the perpetrators of an attack on four oil tankers off the coast of the  UAE last month. Photograph: Neil Hall/Reuters

Attacks on four oil tankers off the coast of the United Arab Emirates last month were “most likely” perpetrated by a “state actor”, the United Nations(...)

Members of Sudan’s security forces patrol in Khartoum on Thursday. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Sudan has been suspended from the African Union (AU) amid growing fears that splits among the ruling military regime could lead to civil war and anarc(...)

A Palestinian loads a cart with aid food provided by the UN’s World Food Programme and its agency for Palestinian refugees, Unrwa, in the Gaza Strip’s al-Shati refugee camp. Photograph: Mohammed Abed

The US has called for the dismantling of the UN agency caring for more than five million Palestinian refugees. Trump administration envoy Jason Gree(...)

An Iranian protester pretends to punch a mask mocking President Donald Trump during a rally after Friday prayers in Tehran. Photograph:  Ebrahim Noroozi/AP

Iranian officials rebuffed US president Donald Trump’s suggestion that they call him to try to defuse frictions as the US ratcheted up its actions aga(...)

 Iranian foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif  and Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov at a press conference in Moscow on Wednesday. Photograph: Yuri Kochetkov/EPA

Iran’s landmark nuclear deal was at risk of collapse after Tehran said it would cease to implement some of its commitments under the 2015 accord, its (...)

Members of rebel commander Khalifa Hafter’s Libyan National Army head out of Benghazi to reinforce troops advancing towards Tripoli, on April 7th. Photograph: Esam Omran Al-Fetori/Reuters

The UN envoy for Libya has made his strongest attack yet on the military strongman Khalifa Haftar as his forces intensify their assault on the capital(...)

The council heard briefings from individuals such as Nobel Peace Prize winner Nadia Murad (right) and international human rights lawyer Amal Clooney. Photograph: Getty Images

A US threat to veto UN Security Council action on sexual violence in conflict was averted on Tuesday after a long-agreed phrase was removed because th(...)

The White House said that Mr Trump ‘recognised Gen Haftar’s significant role in fighting terrorism and securing Libya’s oil resources’.

The UN has warned that international rivalries and support for competing Libyan factions has helped push the oil-rich north African state to the brink(...)

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