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Abdel Basset al-Megrahi in a Tripoli hospital in 2009. Photograph: Ismail Zetouny/Reuters

There may have been a miscarriage of justice in the trial of Abdel Basset al-Megrahi, the Libyan convicted of the 1988 Lockerbie bombing in which 270 (...)

Russian president Vladimir Putin and Turkish president Tayyip Erdogan. Photograph: Pavel Golovkin/Pool via Reuters

The ceasefire proclaimed by Russia and Turkey in Syria’s northwestern Idlib province is a fix that satisfies none of the combatant parties. The halt t(...)

Russian president Vladimir Putin and  Turkish president Tayyip Erdogan will meet in Moscow to discuss the ongoing conflict in Syria’s north-western war-torn Idlib province.  Photograph: Umit Bektas/Reuters

Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan hopes to agree a ceasefire in Syria’s north-western Idlib province on Thursday when he meets his Russian counte(...)

Migrants  are pictured during a rescue operation  off the coast of Libya in the Mediterranean Sea. Photograph: Hannah Wallace Bowman/MSF/Handout via Reuters

A 24-year-old man has died and many more were injured after a fire broke out in a migrant detention centre in Libya, in which hundreds of refugees and(...)

Supporters of Libyan military strongman Khalika Haftar carry an effigy of Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan  in Benghazi  on February 14th. Photograph:  Abdullah Doma/AFP via Getty Images

Pick-up trucks carrying fighters from Libya’s Brothers Brigade speed along sandy roads, past the carcasses of burnt-out cars, shuttered shops and wrec(...)

An Air Corps helicopter in Co Wicklow. The State would need about 16 jet fighters  to implement a full air defence capability, an expert has said. File photograph: Aidan Crawley

The State would need about 16 jet fighters with three crews each to implement a full air defence capability, the former head of the Air Corps has said(...)

Russian president Vladimir Putin  listens to Turkish president Recep Tayip Erdogan  in Istanbul,Turkey. File photograph: Mikhail Svetlov/Getty Images

Turkey may be taking a detour from a collision course with Russia in Syria’s northwestern Idlib province. Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan had(...)

EU foreign affairs chief  Josep Borrell:  told journalists ships deployed under Operation EU Active Surveillance would be withdrawn if there was any evidence of them acting as a “pull factor” for migrants.  Photograph: Stephanie Lecocq/EPA

Human rights groups have criticised an announcement by the EU that it will deploy naval assets in the Mediterranean to monitor the Libyan arms embargo(...)

Italy’s  Luigi Di Maio, Bulgaria’s Ekaterina Zaharieva and European commissioner in charge of neighbourhood and enlargement policy Hungary’s Oliver Virelay at a foreign ministers meeting in Brussels on February 17th. Photograph:  Francois Walschaerts/AFP

The EU will deploy a naval and aerial mission to the eastern Mediterranean to police the UN embargo on arms to Libya. Foreign ministers meeting in Br(...)

High representative of the European Union for foreign affairs and security policy Josep Borrell: has compared Israel’s annexations to Russia’s actions in Crimea. Photograph:  Christof Stache

Pressure is growing within the EU to issue a pre-emptive warning to Israel against its expected unilateral implementation of the Trump peace plan by p(...)

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