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Suzanne Lynch, European Correspondent The EU department headed by Ireland’s EU Commissioner Maire Geoghegan Quinn has become embroiled in a controvers(...)

Andre Sheldon, from the group Global Strategy of Non-Violence, holds a sign during an anti-war rally in Boston, Massachusetts today. Photograph: Brian Snyder/Reuters

US president Barack Obama has appealed to a dubious American public to back his bid to use military force in Syria while supporters scrambled to pers(...)

Iranian president Hassan Rouhani said yesterday the foreign ministry would take over nuclear negotiations. Photograph: IRNA handout via Reuters

The European Union and Iran will discuss a resumption of nuclear negotiations during a United Nations gathering this month, possibly setting a date fo(...)

Denis Stanton, second from right, with Enda Kenny. They are joined by fellow Fine Gael TDs Paul Kehoe, Liam Twomey and John Perry Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Noel Whelan’s interest in the Oireachtas committee system (The Irish Times, August 24th) and our scrutiny of EU legislation is greatly heartening. As (...)

Syrian activists inspect the bodies of people they say were killed by nerve gas in the Ghouta region, in the Duma neighbourhood of Damascus, last week. Photograph: Bassam Khabieh/Reuters

The West hardened its stance against the Assad regime yesterday, with Britain accusing the UN Security Council of shirking its responsibility to Syria(...)

Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe delivers a speech following his inauguration in Harare today. Mr Mugabe (89) was sworn in for a five-year term after Zimbabwe’s highest court day threw out a legal challenge that alleged the July 31 elections won by President Robert Mugabe were marred by fraud. Photograph: Philimon Bulawayo/Reuters

Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe, Africa’s oldest leader at 89, began a new five-year term today by calling the West “vile” for questioning his re-e(...)

European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton talks to the media during an emergency EU foreign ministers meeting in Brussels yesterday. Photograph: Reuters/Francois Lenoir

EU member states yesterday agreed to suspend export licences for any equipment that could be used for political repression in Egypt, but stressed that(...)

Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs Eamon Gilmore is to attend an emergency meeting of European Union foreign ministers on the crisis in Egypt later today.

Minister for Foreign Affairs Eamon Gilmore said today he had no information about charges brought against four Irish siblings detained during unrest i(...)

EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton with Egypt’s then interim vice-president Mohamed ElBaradei during her visit to Cairo last month, when she initiated an attempted deal to resolve the Egyptian conflict. Photograph: Amr Abdallah Dalsh/Reuters

An EU-US brokered deal to end the stand-off between Egypt’s interim government and the Muslim Brotherhood over its protest camps at Cairo’s Nasr City (...)

Supporters of ousted former president Mohamed Morsi gather in Cairo yesterday. Photograph: Reuters

The intervention by the Egyptian military to remove from office the first elected president in the country’s long history, and the brutal crackdown on(...)

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