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UK foreign secretary Boris Johnson and Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney: Ireland diluted the EU’s expression of support for the military strike against Syria. Photograph: Emmanuel Dunand/AFP/Getty

It was hardly a diplomatic storm. More a quiet contretemps, largely missed or ignored by most of our fellow EU member states, although the issue made (...)

Michael Brown: ‘You never switch off in this job but I love it’

The “Big Fella” peeps over Mick Browne’s shoulder – he has his back. Standing tall, the statuette of Michael Collins rests on a table behind the desk (...)

Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney (right) speaks with British foreign secretary Boris Johnson during a  meeting of EU foreign ministers in Luxembourg on Monda. Photograph: Virginia Mayo/AP

EU foreign ministers on Monday expressed “understanding” rather than outright support for the weekend attack on Syria by the US, UK and France, in a p(...)

Russian ambassador to the United Nations Vasily Nebenzya speaks after Members of the United Nations Security Council voted against a Russian resolution condemning “aggression” against Syria by the US and its allies during an emergency meeting on Syria at the UN headquarters in New York, US. Photograph: Eduardo Munoz/Reuters

A Russian bid for the United Nations Security Council to condemn US, British and French air strikes on Syria over a suspected chemical weapons attack (...)

This photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, shows anti-aircraft fire in the sky after US-led airstrikes targeting different parts of the Syrian capital Damascus. Photograph: SANA/AP

The United States, France and Britain have bombed a number of government installations in Syria, launching more than 100 missiles against targets they(...)

US Navy sailors man the rails aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Donald Cook as the ship departs Larnaca, Cyprus, to move within striking range of Syria. Photograph: Getty Images

US president Donald Trump said he was holding meetings on Thursday on Syria, where he has threatened missile strikes in response to a suspected poison(...)

Guided-missile destroyer USS Donald Cook departing Larnaca, Cyprus on Monday.  Photograph: AFP/Navy Office of Information/MC2 Alyssa Weeks

Tensions between Washington and Moscow reached fever pitch on Wednesday as Donald Trump warned that the US was about to launch a missile strike on Syr(...)

The Hague-based Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons said Syria had been asked to make the necessary arrangements for the deployment of an investigation team. Photograph: Bart Maat/EPA

International chemical weapons experts will go to the Syrian town of Douma to investigate an alleged poison gas attack, their organisation said on Tue(...)

US president Donald Trump during a cabinet meeting at the White House in Washington on Monday. “This is about humanity. We’re talking about humanity. It can’t be allowed to happen,” he said of the weekend attack in Syria. Photograph: Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images

US president Donald Trump on Monday vowed not to let “atrocities” like a suspected chemical weapons attack in Syria stand, and promised a quick respon(...)

Russian defense minister Sergei Shoigu and Chinese defence minister Wei Fenghe review an honour guard prior to their talks in Moscow on Tuesday. Photograph: Vadim Savitsky/Russian Defence Ministry/Reuters

The US should pay attention to increasingly close military ties between China and Russia, China’s new defence minister has warned during a visit to M(...)

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