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Smoke rises from  the rebel-held enclave of eastern Ghouta, Syria on Tuesday, where a United Nations-sponsored ceasefire has failed to take hold. Photograph: /AFP/Getty Images

Air strikes and rocket fire continued into the night on Tuesday, after a five-hour lull ordered by Vladimir Putin failed to provide aid to the rebel-h(...)

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(...)

Internally displaced women walk to a food distribution in the early morning at the Protection of Civilian site (PoC) in Bentiu, South Sudan, earlier this month.  The site was established in January 2014, when 7,000 civilians entered the UN base to seek protection, shortly after the start of the South Sudanese civil war. The camp hosts over 20,000 households and the numbers keep rising every day. Photograph: Stefanie Glinski/AFP/Getty Images

Overseas aid is something of an anomaly in Irish policy-making. Expensive yet largely uncontroversial, it attracts positive reviews from across the wo(...)

Michael Doyle and Rosanna Kleemann with their laptop which they  used to find their new home. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Property hunting has become a pastime de jour in the last two years, with pubs and coffee shops the stage for conversations about whether now is the r(...)

April 10th, 1998: taoiseach Bertie Ahern, British prime minister Tony Blair and US senator George Mitchell shaking hands after they signed the historic agreement for peace in Northern Ireland. Photograph:  Dan Chung/AFP/Getty Images

Daniel Hannan is one of the most intelligent and sophisticated of the Brexiteers. The longtime Tory member of the European Parliament has a double fir(...)

Young men in the Roma district of Mitrovica, northern Kosovo, collecting recyclable plastic refuse. It is probably the main source of income in the city for the marginalised Roma community. Photograph: Dan McLaughlin

While in Kosovo’s capital, Pristina, people were preparing to celebrate a decade of independence this month, in the northern city of Mitrovica it was (...)

Ivanka Trump, daughter of US president  Donald Trump, with South Korean president Moon Jae-in  (back) and first lady Kim Jung-sook (front)  at the presidential office Cheong Wa Dae in Seoul on Friday. Photograph: EPA/Yonhap

US president Donald Trump’s daughter Ivanka Trump hailed the “strong and enduring commitment” between the US and South Korea during a visit to the So(...)

Norah Casey pictured this week receiving an award. Several facts used to promote her Planet Woman initiative are wrong or have been largely discredited.

This week, former Dragon’s Den panellist and magazine publisher Norah Casey launched her annual Planet Woman Academy initiative. It is essentially a m(...)

Justin Forsyth, who has resigned as deputy director of the United Nations children’s agency, Unicef. Photograph: Bryan R Smith/AFP/Getty Images

The deputy director of the United Nations children’s agency Unicef resigned on Thursday, saying he did not want coverage of past mistakes he had made(...)

Workers remove a sign with the former name of the highway leading to the Greek border, “Alexander of Macedonia”, newly renamed “Friendship Highway”, near Skopje on February 21st. The government decided to change the name of the highway, along with the name of the Skopje airport, following the name dispute with Greece. Photograph:  Robert Atanasovski/Getty Images

"It’s our name, our language and our identity," say the people of Macedonia, asking the international community to recognise their state as the R(...)

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