Under the Irish initiative, participating countries of the EU would be able to commit to a UN mission on a time-limited basis. Photograph: Jack Guez/AFP/Getty Images

Ireland will today lead a six-strong group of European Union states that will encourage other EU states to play a larger role in United Nations peacek(...)

Inhabitants of the mainly Muslim PK5 neighbourhood of Bangui, Central African Republic, deposit bodies of  victims of  clashes in front of the headquarters of the UN peacekeeping mission in the city. Photograph: Florent Vergnes/AFP/Getty Images

Hundreds of angry demonstrators on Wednesday laid the bodies of at least 16 people killed in clashes in Central African Republic’s capital in front of(...)