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Italy’s foreign minister Emma Bonino (R) listens as US secretary of state John Kerry answers a question during their joint news conference, after an official meeting in Rome today. Photograph: Mladen Antonov/Reuters.

The United States does not want Russia to sell weapons to Syria and has opposed transfers of missile systems to the country in the past because(...)

Prof Stephen Hawking: his  spokesman Tim Holt said the decision not to attend the conference was based strictly on health concerns. Photograph: Nick Ansell/PA Wire

In a major victory for the Israel boycott movement, British theoretical physicist Prof Stephe(...)

Dún Laoghaire pier: festival will include exhibitions, a genealogy village, traditional music, embassy celebrations, a concert and a parade.

Several thousand visitors are expected in Dún Laoghaire this week for an international festival of flags. The Bratacha Festival, opening (...)

Yesterday’s agreement between the US and Russia to press for new Syrian peace talks, although in the diplomatic pipeline for a while, is also a(...)

 Kidnap victim Gina DeJesus gives a thumbs up after arriving home with family members  in Cleveland, Ohio.  Photograph: Matt Sullivan/Getty Images.

Two newly freed Cleveland women had family homecomings today after a decade of captivity in a house where police said chains and ropes had been(...)

Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu shakes hands with Shanghai’s mayor Yang Xiong in Shanghai yesterday. Photograph: Reuters/Aly Song

Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu insisted on his country’s right to defend itself during a visit to China yesterday, after Beijing exp(...)

A United Nations armoured car drives through a gate at a UN base near the Kuneitra border crossing between Israel and Syria, in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights yesterday. Syrian rebels said they were holding a group of Filipino UN peacekeepers on the ceasefire line between Syria and the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights after clashes in the area had put them in danger. Photograph: Reuters/Baz Ratner

Syrian rebels claimed yesterday to be holding four Filipino UN peacekeepers on the ceasefire line between Syria and the Israeli-occupied Golan (...)

 A cloud rises from an explosion  near the Syrian village of Al’ Rafide at the border with Israel in the Israeli-annexed Golan Heights. Turkey today criticised Israel for launching air strikes on  targets near the Lebanon/Syria border. Photograph:  Uriel Sinai/Getty Images.

Turkish prime minister Tayyip Erdogan today condemned Israeli air strikes on targets near Damascus, saying they were an opportunity for Syrian(...)

US secretary of state John Kerry is in Moscow today for talks with Russian president Vladimir Putin. Photograph: Mladen Antonov/Pool

US secretary of state John Kerry has asked Russian president Vladimir Putin for a tougher stance on Syria at a time when Israeli air strikes ag(...)

The Nazis murdered some 1.5 million people, most of them Jews, at Auschwitz, near the Polish village of Oswiecim. Photograph: Getty Images

German police yesterday arrested a suspected former guard at the Auschwitz death camp named by the Simon Wiesenthal Centre as Hans Lipschis. Pr(...)

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