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Air Corps aircraft perform a fly-past during the National Day of Commemoration ceremony at Royal Hospital Kilmainham. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

There was a special emphasis on Irish people who died in the first World War during the National Day of Commemoration ceremony at the Royal Hospital (...)

 Minister for Justice and Equality Frances Fitzgerald, who is to appear before the committee this evening and tomorrow morning. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins

Progress, or the lack of it, on a range of human rights issues in Ireland will be scrutinised by the United Nations today and tomorrow. Minister for J(...)

An Iraqi policeman looks at blood marks on the ground near  a Baghdad apartment building where some 29 people, 20 of them women, were killed yesterday. Photograph: Ahmed Malik/Reuters

Sunni Islamist insurgents who control large parts of northern Iraq attacked a town north of Baghdad early today, seizing local government buildings, p(...)

 Palestinians flee their homes on a horse-drawn carriage and head towards a United Nations school in Gaza City to seek shelter. Photograph: Mohammed Saber/EPA

Thousands of Palestinians fled to United Nations facilities in the Gaza Strip seeking sanctuary after Israel warned them to leave their homes ahead of(...)

A member of the Afghan security force looks into a car which was destroyed  in a bomb attack in the eastern city of Jalalabad. Photograph: Parwiz/Reuters

Eight civilians including five women were killed when a roadside bomb blew up their vehicle in southern Afghanistan, local officials said today.The U(...)

Palestinians look at the remains of a missile which witnesses said was fired by an Israeli aircraft on a street in Deir El-Balah in the central Gaza Strip. Photograph: Ashraf Amrah/Reuters

Israeli air strikes in Gaza have hit a mosque and a centre for the disabled where two women were killed today, raising the death toll from the offensi(...)

A doll lies among the rubble of a destroyed building following an airstrike in Gaza City yesterday. Photograph: Wissam Nassar/The New York Times

An Israeli ground offensive into Gaza looks increasingly likely this weekend as rocket fire from the Palestinian coastal enclave continues despite r(...)

Secretary of State John Kerry greets Afghanistan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah at the American embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan, yesterday. Photograph: Jim Bourg/Pool via The New York Times

US secretary of state John Kerry began a series of meetings in Kabul yesterday in the hopes of finding a way out of a presidential election crisis tha(...)

 A cloud of smoke rises after an Israeli attack on Gaza City yesterday. Photograph: EPA/Mohammed Saber

In Gaza’s largely deserted streets, the first thing you notice is the absence of children. The beach, usually crowded on Fridays, is empty save for a (...)

Increasingly bitter political squabbling in Iraq has  prompted the country’s senior Shi’ite cleric today to urge  leaders to pull together and for fighters to respect all Iraqis regardless of sect or ethnicity. Pictured is Sheikh Abdul Mehdi Al-Karbala’i delivering a sermon by Iraq’s top Shi’ite cleric Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani. Photograph: Mushtaq Muhammed/Reuters.

Kurdish forces seized two oilfieds in north Iraq today and took over operations from a state-run oil company, while Kurdish politicians formally susp(...)

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