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Iraqi prime minister Nouri al-Maliki has called on his nation’s political blocs to close ranks in the face of Sunni militants but rejected calls for a unity government. Photograph: Brendan Smialowski/Pool via The New York Times.

Iraq’s prime minister has called on his nation’s political blocs to close ranks in the face of Sunni militants - but gave no concrete promise of great(...)

At the launch of Towards Peace, Archbishop of Tuam Michael Neary said it was “so disconcerting that a ministry which ought to have brought hope and healing instead brought harm and hurt and left in its wake brokenness, betrayal and disillusionment”. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Towards Peace, a new spiritual support service for people whose faith has been damaged by clerical abuse and its handling by church authorities, was l(...)

Members of the Interior Ministry, the National Guard and other Ukrainian security services take part in a drill to resist and prevent mass unrest in Odessa today. Russian president Vladimir Putin has ordered military forces to return to their permanent bases after drills in three regions bordering Ukraine, the Kremlin said. Photograph: Yevgeny Volokin/Reuters

The Kremlin announced today that president Vladimir Putin had ordered Russian forces near Ukraine back to their bases, but Nato and the United States (...)

A section of the  crowd at today’s protest march organised by community groups and supported by health service unions over the planned closure of all acute inpatient psychiatric beds at St Bridgid’s Hospital, Ballinasloe. Photograph: Hany Marzouk

A crowd estimated at 2,500 took to the streets of Ballinasloe, Co Galway today to protest at a decision by the HSE not to open 22 acute mental heal(...)

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