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Migrants walk along the railway tracks of the Eurotunnel terminal at the Calais-Frethun station outside the northern French port of Calais on August 10th, 2015. Photograph: FRANCOIS LO PRESTI/AFP/Getty Images

When you’re facing the world’s biggest refugee crisis since the second world war, it helps to have a sober debate about how to respond. But to do that(...)

Afghan women donate blood for the victims of the August 7th Kabul suicide bomb attacks. Photograph: Aref Karimi/AFP/Getty Images

A wave of attacks on the Afghan army, police and US special forces in Kabul have killed at least 50 people and wounded hundreds, dimming hopes that th(...)

An Afghan policeman  at the site of a massive truck bomb blast in Kabul on August 7th, 2015. Photograph: Ahmad Masood/Reuters

A wave of attacks on Afghan army, police and US special forces in Kabul on Friday killed at least 50 people and wounded hundreds, dimming hopes that (...)

Greek construction workers prepare temporary housing on the outskirts of Athens to shelter migrants now living in a city park. Photograph:  Yiannis Kourtoglou/Reuters

Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras has asked Europe to help in handling tens of thousands of refugees coming from Syria, Afghanistan and other war zo(...)

 President Michael D Higgins. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

President Michael D Higgins has described the EU’s response to the migrant crisis in the Mediterranean as “grossly inadequate” and “shameful”. Mr H(...)

Migrants walk in the direction of the Eurotunnel terminal  near Calais, northern France. Photograph: Philippe Huguen/AFP/Getty Images

When several thousand Irish construction workers were involved in building the Channel Tunnel more than 25 years ago, tabloid newspapers reported o(...)

An image grab taken from a video shows alleged Islamic State leader  Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in Mosul. Photograph: Al-Furqan Media/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

It seems a strange obsession for men so opposed to graven images that they smash ancient statues with sledge hammers. The jihadists of Islamic State (...)

 Close-up of the flower and buds of Papaver somniferum ‘Lauren’s Grape’ flowering in Fionnuala’s garden last week. Photograph: Richard Johnson

Don’t you just love it when things go right in the garden? When, for example, seedlings come up just as you’d hoped – pristine and in perfectly spa(...)

An Afghan migrant who wished to remain unidentified waiting to try to cross the border into Hungary from Serbia, early in July 2015. Walli Ullah Safi, who is now officially an asylum seeker in Ireland, was remanded in Cloverhill Prison after he was discovered on the side of a motorway here in July. File photograph: Mauricio Lima/New York Times

The 21-year-old Afghan man who was attacked and injured in Cloverhill Prison has been granted bail after appearing before Naas District Court on Thurs(...)

Men sit amid the debris of their properties at the site a truck bomb blast in Kabul on Friday. The blast killed at least 15 people and wounded another 248, police and government officials said. Photograph: Ahmad Masood/Reuters.

A suicide bomber killed dozens of cadets at a Kabul police academy on Friday and blasts hit an area near the airport in a wave of attacks that began w(...)

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