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Action required on refugee crisis

“Syria has become the greatest tragedy of this century – a disgraceful humanitarian calamity with suffering and displacement unparalleled in recent hi(...)

 Minister for Justice, Equality and  Defence Alan Shatter performed a ministerial review of troops yesterday in Cathal Brugha barracks. Photograph: Dave Meehan

The deployment of Irish troops to war torn Syria due to get under way today has been delayed by at least two weeks, it has emerged.The Irish Times und(...)

France’s president Francois Hollande (C) stands on the steps of the Elysee Palace in Paris on Tuesday. Mr Hollande had assumed airstrikes against Syria would be under way before today’s parliamentary debate on the issue. Photograph:  Philippe Wojazer/Reuters

A parliamentary vote on French military intervention in Syria may be the only way for French president François Hollande to defuse the political crisi(...)

The UN’s main responsibility is to maintain international peace,  not to protect citizens from their rulers. Photograph: Gettty Images

The United Nations Security Council is, in many ways, an affront to democracy. It is after all, a self-appointed club of the strong and mighty with oc(...)

Brazil’s president Dilma Rousseff: communications with several unidentified aides probed by US spy agency.  Photograph: Ueslei Marcelino/Reuters

Brazil’s government summoned the US ambassador to respond to new revelations of US surveillance of president Dilma Rousseff and her senior aides, comp(...)

Alan Shatter said Irish troops would have adequate resources while on deployment. Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

MMinister for Defence Alan Shatter has sought to allay concerns over the safety of Irish troops about to be deployed on a United Nations mission to th(...)

France’s defence minister Jean-Yves Le Drian arrives at the Hotel Matignon offices to attend a meeting with ministers and members of parliament in Paris September yesterday. France aims to build a coalition of countries to back military action against the Syrian government in response to a chemical weapons attack in Damascus, France’s prime minister Jean-Marc Ayrault said yesterday. Photograph: Christian Hartmann/Reuters

The French government sought to bolster the case for military action against Syria last night, releasing a declassified summary of French intelligence(...)

A Syrian child refugee cries as he stands at a queue waiting to receive aid from Turkish humanitarian agencies at Bab al-Salam refugee camp in Syria near the Turkish border. Photograph: Ahmed Jadallah/Reuters

Israel and the US conducted joint tests of their missile operations in the Mediterranean Sea today. The tests, which were detected by Russian r(...)

US president Barack Obama speaks next to vice president Joe Biden (L) at the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington this evening. Photograph:  Mike Theiler/Reuters.

US president Barack Obama will seek congressional backing for taking military action against Bashar Assad’s regime in Syria. Speaking at the White Hou(...)

China’s foreign minister Wang Yi: “A political resolution is still the only way out.” Photograph: Reuters/Adrian Bradshaw

China’s foreign minister Wang Yi said yesterday that the United Nations Security Council should not be pushed into any military action on Syria before(...)

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