Taoiseach Leo Varadkar laying a wreath at UN Building in New York to the 88 Irish peacekeepers who died during 60 years of unbroken service for the UN.  Photograph: Kim Haughton

If star power guaranteed a country a seat at the UN Security Council for the 2021-22 term, Ireland would have the June 2020 election sown up right now(...)

Syrians receive treatment for breathing difficulties at a clinic in Syria’s Eastern Ghouta on March 7th  after regime air strikes which medics said  were consistent with a toxic attack. Photograph: Getty Images

Syria and Russia are determined to capture the jihadi-held enclave of eastern Ghouta despite pressure from the UN Security Council and western powers(...)

A Syrian child receives treatment for breathing difficulties at a clinic in eastern Ghouta on Thursday, after regime air strikes. Photograph: Amer Almohibany/AFP/Getty Images

Syria’s army is poised to slice rebel-held eastern Ghouta in two as forces advancing from the east link up with troops at its western edge, a pro-Dam(...)

Syrian children and adults receive treatment for a suspected chemical attack at a makeshift clinic on the rebel-held village of al-Shifuniyah in the eastern Ghouta region near Damascus on Sunday. Photograph: Hamza Al-Ajweh/AFP/Getty Images

Russia said on Monday that it would establish a humanitarian corridor to allow civilians to leave rebel-held suburbs of Damascus during a five-hour da(...)

Palestinian protesters throw stones during clashes with Israeli soldiers following a protest in the west Bank city Ramallah. Photograph: Shadi Hatem/EPA

President Emmanuel Macron has called US president Donald Trump’s decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel “regrettable” and a violati(...)

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un  supervising the second test-fire of  a long-range missile which Pyongyang says could reach the US mainland. Photograph:  EPA/KCNA.

China hit back on Monday after US president Donald Trump tweeted he was “very disappointed” in China following North Korea’s latest missile test, sayi(...)

 April 7th, 2017: Donald Trump and Xi Jinping at the Mar-a-Lago estate in West Palm Beach, Florida. Less than three months later the atmosphere between the two has turned frosty. Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images

Less than 100 days after Donald Trump hosted Xi Jinping at his Florida resort and predicted that the two presidents were “going to have a very, very g(...)

France’s minister for foreign affairs Jean-Marc Ayrault and Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan: Mr Ayrault has thanked Mr Flanagan for making contacts with Israelis and Palestinians.

A “French initiative” to revive the Israeli-Palestinian peace process is not dead, the foreign ministers of France and Ireland said at a joint press c(...)

Alain Juppé  and François Fillon: The former prime ministers have knocked heads over immigration and the economy in the run-off of France’s right-wing presidential primary. Photographs: Joel Saget/AFP/Getty Images

If he wins the primary of the conservative party Les Républicains on Sunday night, François Fillon will likely become president of France next May. W(...)

North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-un: his only significant ally, China, urged the North to abandon its “self-destructive course”. Photograph: Reuters

North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong-un, ordered his country to be ready to use its nuclear weapons at any time and threatened “stern” actions against new U(...)

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