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Ibrahim Halawa, an Irish national who is being held in an Egyptian jail, appeared in court on Sunday. He was denied bail.

Irish student Ibrahim Halawa, who is being held in an Egyptian prison, has been refused bail. Mr Halawa has been detained in Cairo since August 2013 h(...)

Armenian clergy walk as they attend a commemoration ceremony for Armenians who lost their lives during mass killings under the Ottoman Empire, at the Temple complex of the Armenian Apostolic Church in Moscow. Photograph: Yuri Kotchekov/EPA

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has expressed his sympathy to the Armenian people on the centenary of massacres which resulted in the deaths of up to 1.5 mill(...)

Armenians gather around a mountain chasm believed to be a mass burial site during an centenary  ceremony at  Dudan, near Diyarbakir, Armenia,   on April 22nd, 2015. Photograph: Ilyas Akengin/AFP/Getty Images

Ireland will not recognise the massacre of Armenians 100 years ago as genocide. A statement from the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) acknowledged (...)

Ibrahim Halawa  was one of 493 people arrested for their alleged role in violence during protests  on August 16th and 17th, 2013, in the Ramisis area of central Cairo in Egypt.

Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan has said he has been in regular contact with his Egyptian counterpart to argue the case for the release (...)

Ibrahim Halawa’s family has criticised the Government’s approach to the Egyptian authorities, with his sisters calling on Taoiseach Enda Kenny to intervene in attempts to have him released from jail

Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan has dismissed as “unfair and unfounded” claims his department is failing to act in the Ibrahim Halawa ca(...)

Senator Hildegarde Naughton (above) has a “strong public image” but “poor knowledge of the political landscape”. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Fine Gael could be damaged in Taoiseach Enda Kenny’s Mayo constituency because of “real concerns over perceived lack of Government delivery”, accordi(...)

An Aer Lingus plane passes a British Airways aircraft on the runway at London Heathrow – Aer Lingus owns 23 landing and take-off slots at the airport, worth between €770m and €925m.Photograph: Matthew Lloyd/Bloomberg

Buying a landing and take-off slot at London Heathrow Airport will cost you between €33.5 million and €40.25 million according to a recent estimate fr(...)

Construction hard hats left on metal building poles on the roof of a new multi-storey building in the sprawling Jewish settlement of Beitar Illit, in the West Bank,  after the Palestinian workers left for the day yesterday. The US and European states have  protested to Israel over its plan to appropriate  1,000 acres of land belonging to Palestinian villages in the Gush Etzion area, and declare that state lands. Photograph: Jim Hollander/EPA

The appropriation by Israel of almost 1,000 acres of West Bank land is a “a nail in the coffin of a two-state solution” the Palestinian ambassador to(...)

Bobby Molloy: he resigned as a minister after letters were sent from his office seeking temporary release for a convicted rapist

Niall Collins is not the first politician to find himself in the eye of the storm after writing to a court seeking leniency for a constituent.In 2002 (...)

Iranian ambassador to Ireland Javad Kachoueian: “The people of my country cannot accept that others tell them not to have a peaceful nuclear programme.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

Ten months after President Hassan Rouhani took office, Iran is emerging from the isolation that followed the repression of the 2009 “green movement”. (...)

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