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Well-placed Government sources said Minister for Defence Alan Shatter would bring a Green Paper on defence to Cabinet next Tuesday, the first official step in the review of defence policy. Photograph: Eric Luke

The Government is set to embark on a formal review of its defence policy, a process with potential for friction between Fine Gael and Labour over the (...)

A boy looks at the drawings on a wall in Raqqa province, east Syria, June 4, 2013. The drawing reads ’ Homs is bleeding’. Photograph:Nour Kelze /Reuters

France said today it was certain that the nerve agent sarin has been used in Syria on several occasions following tests it has carried out on samples (...)

A damaged mosque is seen in Qusair village. Photograph: Rami Bleible/Reuters

Hizbullah guerrillas fought a deadly battle with Syrian rebels in Lebanon’s eastern border region today, security sources said, in the latest eruption(...)

Syrian refugees wait in line for a daily bread ration distributed by the World Food Program at the Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan. Photograph: Lynsey Addario/The New York Times

United Nations secretary general Ban Ki-moon has urged world powers to organise Syrian peace talks “as soon as possible”, to seek an end to a c(...)

US secretary of state John Kerry (left) gestures as Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov tries to fix his translation equipment during a joint news conference after their meeting in Moscow yesterday. Russia and the United States have agreed to try to arrange an international conference this month on ending the civil war in Syria, and said both sides in the conflict should take part. Photograph: Mladen Antonov/Reuters

Russia and the United States agreed to bury their differences over Syria and to try to convene international talks with both sides in the civil(...)

 A cloud rises from an explosion  near the Syrian village of Al’ Rafide at the border with Israel in the Israeli-annexed Golan Heights. Turkey today criticised Israel for launching air strikes on  targets near the Lebanon/Syria border. Photograph:  Uriel Sinai/Getty Images.

Turkish prime minister Tayyip Erdogan today condemned Israeli air strikes on targets near Damascus, saying they were an opportunity for Syrian(...)

South Korean soldiers patrol along the military fences near the demilitarized zone separating North Korea from South Korea. Photograph: Lee Jae-Won/Reuters

North Korea has indicated that it might be prepared to negotiate as the region seeks a way to defuse tensions on the Korean pe(...)

US secretary of state John Kerry gestures before South Korea's foreign minister Yun Byung-se this morning at the presidential Blue House in Seoul. Photograph: Paul J Richards/Reuters

The US will never accept North Korea as a nuclear power and will come to the defence of the South if necessary, secretary of state John Kerry said (...)

Participants from the US, Russia, China, France, Britain and Germany start talks with Iranian negotiators in Almaty today. Photograph: Ilyas Omarov/Pool/Reuters

World powers and Iran still appear far apart today as negotiations on Tehran's nuclear programme aimed at calming tensions could boil over into(...)

The Nzolo refugee camp in Democratic Republic of Congo. Photograph: Iggy Roberts/Crown Copyright via Getty Images

The first UN peacekeeping mission to the Congo, from 1960 to 1964, will be remembered by many as a baptism of fire for Irish peacekeepers. (...)

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