Leaders attend a European Union summit in Brussels, Belgium. Photograph: Aris Oikonomou/Pool via Reuters

EU leaders have agreed an unconditional extension until April 12th to the UK Brexit negotiating process. Should British prime minister Theresa May s(...)

 Men who had been arrested by Syrian Democratic Forces soldiers over suspected links to the Islamic State being  held in Deir al-Zour province, Syria. Photograph: Ivor Prickett/The New York Times

Shamima Begum left London as a 15-year-old schoolgirl to join Islamic State in Syria. Four years later and with a baby born days ago, she has pleaded (...)

Felix Tshisekedi in Kinshasha with his wife, relatives and supporters  a few minutes after he was declared winner of Congo’s  presidential election on Friday. Photograph: Caroline Thirion/AFP/Getty Images

The powerful Catholic church in the Democratic Republic of Congo has challenged the published result of last month’s historic election, setting the cl(...)

Ireland and France have “a very similar view and approach towards supporting and progressing” the Middle East peace process, Tánaiste Simon Coveney said. Photograph: Virginia Mayo/EPA

Ireland may host a meeting of Arab and European foreign ministers aimed at relaunching the Middle East peace process as early as January 2019, offici(...)

Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney at the “Getting Ireland Brexit Ready” workshop at the Convention Centre, Dublin, last Thursday. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney is to meet UK foreign secretary Jeremy Hunt on Wednesday in London to discuss the ongoing Brexit talks and (...)

John Lyndon of Alliance for Middle East Peace (Allmep): ‘We have never handed a worse set of variables to an emerging generation’

At first glance, John Lyndon’s mission to foster peace between Israelis and Palestinians might appear hopeless. But the 35-year-old Dubliner has no il(...)

France’s president, Emmanuel Macron: “The rise of extremes is almost a general rule, and France is an exception.” Photograph: Ludovic Marin/AFP

French president Emmanuel Macron took fire from every direction this week: from Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orban and Italian interior minister Ma(...)

British prime minister Theresa May and French president Emmanuel Macron. “I imagine Macron will tell Theresa May ‘we will be as constructive as we can, but Monsieur Barnier will tell you our position’,” said a European diplomat

British prime minister Theresa May and her husband Philip will break off their summer holiday on Friday to call on Emmanuel and Brigitte Macron at the(...)

Tánaiste Simon Coveney categorically ruled out some of the technical solutions to the Border issue that have been advanced from the British government. Photograph: Virginia Mayo/EPA

Tánaiste Simon Coveney has insisted the Government will be “inflexible” on any border infrastructure but said Ireland was open to any “new thinking” f(...)

Apartment block in Paris’s 11th arrondissement in which the murder of an 85-year-old Jewish woman  is alleged to have taken place. Photograph: Thomas Samson/AFP/Getty Images

French investigators are treating the killing of an 85-year-old Jewish woman in Paris as an anti-Semitic murder, after it emerged that she had survive(...)

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