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Matthew VanDyke: busy sending US military veterans to train Iraqis on the other side of the fight

The last time Matthew VanDyke saw US journalist James Foley, they were running through war-torn Aleppo in Syria avoiding snipers. Foley became the mo(...)

Pakistani prime minister Nawaz Sharif: says talks  between Taliban and Kabul, hosted by Pakistan, were  a breakthrough. Photograph: Ed Wray/AP

The first official peace talks between the Afghan Taliban and the government in Kabul concluded with an agreement to meet again after the Muslim fasti(...)

Strong and persevering

The announcement that the United States and Cuba are to reopen embassies in each other’s capitals tops an auspicious two weeks for President Barack Ob(...)

A member of the Afghan security forces stands on top of a concrete barrier. Photograph: Ahmad Masood/Reuters

Protesters in the northern Afghan province of Parwan blocked the main highway yesterday after US forces raided the village of a local strongman and (...)

‘Most journalism students I have met over the years aren’t particularly interested in the listicles or churnalism that typifies the low-paid long-hours culture of what the work has become for young journalists.’ Above, Eddie Holt. Photograph: Alan Betson

When the first-year journalism BA class at DCU bounded into the Henry Grattan building on the grim-looking campus in the autumn of 2001, journalism wa(...)

Grenadier Guards are due to take part in the Armed Forces Day on Saturday. Photograph:  Getty

British police have encouraged the public to attend events as normal after it was reported that an Armed Forces Day parade had been targeted by Islami(...)

A migrant sits under the trailer of a lorry as he attempts to cross the English Channel in Calais, northern France on Wednesday. Photograph: Thibault Camus/AP.

Services through the Channel Tunnel were returning to normal on Wednesday after a day of disruption caused by striking French ferry workers. The tunne(...)

The mayor of the Hungarian village of Asotthalom, Laszlo Toroczkai, in his office. On his desk are passports and other documents thrown away by illegal migrants crossing from nearby Serbia. Photograph: Daniel McLaughlin

Beside a quiet country road that sidles into Hungary from the Serbian border, weary people push through a last barrier of rain-glossy trees and stand,(...)

There is some concern in the Coaltion that the improvements in direct provision system, as well as a recovering economy, could make Ireland a destination country for immigrants. Photograph: Getty Images

The Coalition is increasingly concerned about a spike in migrants coming to Ireland, with hundreds arriving via the United Kingdom in recent months(...)

Hamid, Ali and Mohsen from Afghanistan.  “We’re going to the jungle together, 10 of us – it’s too dangerous alone.” Photograph: Dan Mclaughlin

On a hot afternoon in the courtyard of the Raichle Palace in Subotica, a group of Serbs smoke and chat idly in the shade of the fine art nouveau build(...)

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