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Suspected Islamic State fighters captured during fighting in Mosul are detained at an abandoned home that became a makeshift courthouse, in Qaraqosh, Iraq, on June 15th, 2017. Photograph: Sergey Ponomarev/The New York Times

The 42-year-old housewife had two minutes to defend herself against charges of supporting Islamic State. Amina Hassan, a Turkish woman in a flowing bl(...)

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(...)

An RAF Tornado takes off from a base in Akrotiri, Cyprus, to participate in joint operational strikes  by the US, France and Britain in Syria. Photograph: Mod via AP

British prime minister Theresa May has defended her decision to launch air strikes against Syria without prior parliamentary approval, describing the (...)

Britain’s prime minister Theresa May  in the House of Commons yesterday.

Chemical weapons have been used more than 50 times in Syria’s ghastly civil war, according to international investigators, only occasionally attractin(...)

Foreign minister Sergei Lavrov said Russia had not tampered with the site of the alleged chemical weapons attack on April 7th  in Douma, Syria. Photograph: Yuri Kadobnov/AFP/Getty Images

Western diplomats accused Syria and Russia on Monday of preventing weapons inspectors from reaching the site of an alleged chemical attack by the Syri(...)

Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle: As if in response to being left lingering in paparazzi limbo, Morton peppers the book with snide references to Markle being a consummate networker and social climber. Photograph: Alexi Lubomirski / Handout via Reuters

The British journalist Andrew Morton, best known for Diana: Her True Story, based on tapes recorded by the tragic princess in 1992, detailing her fair(...)

Tánaiste Simon Coveney. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Simon Coveney can “understand” why the US, France and Britain carried out air strikes against Syria over the weekend, he has said. The 105 missiles w(...)

Syrian air strike: missiles streak across Damascus early on Saturday. Photograph: Hassan Ammar/AP

When Syria shipped what it claimed was the last of its chemical weapons out of the country, in 2014, John Kerry, the US secretary of state at the time(...)

British prime minister Theresa May gives a press conference at Downing Street in central London on April 14, 2018 following British military action against Syria.  Photograph:  Simon Dawson/AFP/Getty Images

When Theresa May comes to the House of Commons on Monday afternoon, she will face two major questions about Saturday’s bombardment of Syria: was it le(...)

British prime minister Theresa May: will tell MPs she took the air strike action to alleviate further humanitarian suffering in Syria caused by chemical weapons attacks and that it was in Britain’s national interest to do so.   Photograph:  Steve Parsons/PA

Theresa May will on Monday seek an emergency debate in the House of Commons about last weekend’s air strikes against Syria, giving MPs a chance to exp(...)

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