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Minister for Agriculture and Food Simon Coveney: denied the Government was seeking a “free pass” on its climate-change obligations. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

The Government has achieved a “major policy breakthrough” on climate change at European Commission level, Minister for Agriculture and Food Simon Cove(...)

South Sudanese vice-president James Wani Igga holds up a flag the government claims is of the rebel forces loyal to former vice-president Riek Machar, at a press conference in Juba. Photograph: AP Photo/Ben Curtis

South Sudan’s army fought yesterday with the “White Army” ethnic militia, accusing rebels of mobilising the force despite its offer of a truce to end (...)

J Christopher Stevens, in Benghazi, Libya, in 2011. Photograph: Bryan Denton/The New York Times

A boyish-looking US diplomat was meeting for the first time with the Islamist leaders of eastern Libya’s most formidable militias. It was September 9t(...)

Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu said Hizbullah was “putting thousands of missiles and rockets in homes, in the heart of the civilian population”. Photograph: Dan Balilty/Reuters

Israeli artillery pounded south Lebanon yesterday after two rockets landed in northern Israel, and an additional two projectiles landed short, falling(...)

Supporters of the Turn Off the Red Light campaign at a demonstration outside Leinster House last year. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Feminists and religious fundamentalists shouldn’t mix. If they do find common cause, it’s often a sign that one-dimensional moral or ideological fanat(...)

 A handout picture showing a South Korean  soldier helping a woman at a refugee camp in Bor, South Sudan, yesterday.   More than 1,000 people are believed to have died in the  violence in the region. Photograph: EPA

South Sudan’s government has agreed to end hostilities, regional African leaders said today.In a statement they “welcomed the commitment by the Govern(...)

United Nations Mission in Sudan (UNAMIS) personnel guard South Sudanese people displaced by recent fighting in Jabel, on the outskirts of capital Juba. Photograph: James Akena/Reuters.

A mass grave containing some 75 bodies has been found in South Sudan’s Unity State and two other mass graves have been reported in Juba after ethnic (...)

A man from Dinka tribe holds his AK47 rifle in front of cows in a Dinka cattle herders camp near Rumbek, capital of the Lakes State in central South Sudan. Photograph: Goran Tomasevic/Reuters.

South Sudan’s government said today it will start a major offensive to retake two strategic towns controlled by rebels loyal to former vice president (...)

 A United Nations handout photograph shows the remains of two peacekeepers from the UN Indian Battalion arriving to Juba, South Sudan. The soldiers were killed in action on Thursday. Photograph: EPA/UN/Handout.

Two US military aircraft responding to the outbreak of violence in South Sudan were hit by incoming fire, wounding three US service members.Officials (...)

South Sudan civilians, who are fleeing violence, seek refuge in the UN Mission in South Sudan  compound in Bor, capital of Jonglei state, South Sudan. Photograph:  EPA/Hailemichael Gebrekrstros/UNMISS.

US president Barack Obama has urged clashing factions in South Sudan to end violence, restore calm, and work toward reconciliation. Mr Obama said th(...)

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