A Ukrainian fighter from the Azov Battalion stands guard on a hill on the outskirts of Mariupol

Poroshenko accuses Russia of open aggression

09.01 Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has accused Russia of launching "direct and open aggression" which he said had radically changed the balance on the battlefield between Ukrainian forces and pro-Russian separatists.

Israeli security forces on duty at the separation barrier in the village of Bilin, near the West Bank city of Ramallah last week

Israel claims West Bank land for settlement

06.44 Israel has announced a land appropriation in the occupied West Bank that an anti-settlement group termed the biggest in 30 years, drawing Palestinian condemnation and a rebuke from the US.

NAMA said its aim is to achieve the best financial return on loans to repay money owed to the taxpayer

NAMA criticised over sale of properties in bulk

08.04 Auctioneers and Fianna Fáil's finance spokesman have called on the National Asset Management Agency to stop allowing large tranches of houses and apartments to be sold in blocks and to sell them to individual buyers instead.

Firefighters comb through the rubble looking for survivors

Death toll in Paris building blast rises to 6

06.56 Six people have been confirmed dead after an explosion ripped through an apartment building outside Paris, reducing half a residential block to rubble, emergency services said.

Smoke billows from the Syrian village of Quneitra amid fighting between Syrian factions

Further clashes in Golan Heights

07.20 Heavy fighting between Syrian army forces and rebels broke out on the Golan Heights this morning, but it is unclear if either of the two sides had gained an advantage to control a key frontier crossing.

UN officials in the Golan Heights are continuing efforts to negotiate the release of 44 Fijian soldiers

Calls for Irish troops to stay on in Syria

31 Aug Fianna Fáil TD and party defence spokesman Seán Ó Fearghaíl has suggested the current Irish contingent of soldiers in the Golan Heights should have their time there extended if the current difficulties being experienced there continue.

Ashya was being treated in a Southampton hospital when his parents removed him

Police defend handling of Ashya King case

31 Aug The police officer who led the successful search for a severely-ill boy, who had been removed from a UK hospital to Spain by his parents, has defended the handling of the investigation.

Vladimir Putin was quoted as saying the lawful interests of his people must be protected

Putin calls for talks on eastern Ukraine

31 Aug Russian President Vladimir Putin has called for immediate talks on the "statehood" of southern and eastern Ukraine, although his spokesman said this did not mean Russia endorsed calls for independence for separatist-held territory.

County Councils have reported a high volume of calls and emails over the weekend

€1.5m of NPPR collected over the weekend

31 Aug A spokesperson for the Local Government Management Agency has said an additional €1.5m of the Non Principal Private Residence tax was collected over the weekend.

Responsibility for redundancy debt transferred to Joan Burton's department in 2011

Burton's dept 'had no strategy' to recover debt

31 Aug Tánaiste Joan Burton's department has been criticised in an unpublished internal report over claims it had no strategy in place to recover millions of euro in outstanding redundancy debt.