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foreign affairs chief  Josep Borrell:  told journalists ships deployed under Operation EU Active Surveillance would be withdrawn if there was any evidence of them acting as a “pull factor” for migrants.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

A member of the Libyan internationally recognised government forces heads out to the front line atop a military vehicle from Misrata on February 3rd, 2020. Photograph: Ayman Al-Sahili/Reuters

Security and defence were the main themes of Tuesday’s European Commission meeting, expressing its determination to rebrand the European Union as a “g(...)

Volunteers prepare the Moonbird search and rescue plane for a mission across the central Mediterranean. Photograph:  Sally Hayden

“Tripoli, as-salamu ‘alaykum,” said the volunteer pilot into the radio. “Do you hear me? This is Moonbird calling. We are currently entering the searc(...)

Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan: “There is no need for us to be engaged in a conflict or a serious contradiction with Russia at this stage.” Photograph: Turkish Presidential Press Office/Handout via Reuters

Turkey’s president Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday that Turkey and Russia should resolve differences over the conflict in Syria’s Idlib without a(...)

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