A Pro-Russian fighter in Troitsko-Khartsyzk, 30km east of Donetsk

Russian plane turned away from Polish airspace

16.52 Poland refused permission for a plane carrying Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu to fly through its airspace while attempting to return from a visit to Slovakia, Russia's RIA news agency said.

Reports said peacekeepers were taken during fighting between government forces and rebels

UN calls for immediate release of peacekeepers

15.24 A spokesperson for the Defence Forces has said Irish troops have been deployed to UN positions in the Golan Heights where other UN troops have come into conflict with Syrian anti-government forces.

Lebanon has let in one million Syrian refugees over three years

Call for Europe-wide strategy for refugees

15.26 The Head Spokesperson for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees has called for a Europe-wide strategy to help save the lives of refugees who are trying to reach Europe.

A Bosnian woman prays at a memorial for victims of the conflict

Presidents agree to support Balkan search

15.45 The presidents of Bosnia, Croatia, Serbia and Montenegro, former enemies in the 1990s Balkan wars, have signed a declaration pledging more support in the search for the missing from those conflicts.

Smoke rises from the Syrian village of Quneitra, as seen from the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights

No Irish among UN troops seized in Golan Heights

28 Aug The United Nations has confirmed that an armed group captured 43 UN peacekeepers on the Syrian side of the Golan Heights today, but a Defence Forces spokesperson has confirmed all Irish personnel are safe and accounted for.

Shelling in Donetsk brought down a tram cable, sitting this car alight and killing three people

Ukraine accuses Russia of fresh incursion

27 Aug Ukraine accused Russia of launching a new military incursion across its eastern border this evening, as hopes quickly faded that talks yesterday between their two presidents might mark a turning point in a five-month-old crisis.

Peter Theo Curtis was released on Sunday

Hostage released by Syrian rebels returns to US

27 Aug Peter Theo Curtis, released from two years of captivity in Syria, has said he is "overwhelmed with emotion" in a brief statement to reporters outside his mother's home in Massachusetts.

A car bomb ripped through a crowded Baghdad intersection during morning rush hour

15 killed in car bomb attack in Baghdad

26 Aug A car bomb in a crowded Baghdad intersection during morning rush hour today killed 15 people and wounded at least 37, security and medical officials have said.

An rebel fighter defends a position in a rebel-held suburb of Damascus in Syria

Islamic State militants storm Syrian airbase

24 Aug Islamic State militants have stormed an air base in northeast Syria, capturing parts of it from government forces after days of fighting over the strategic location, a monitoring group said.

Mr Kerry said that the US was using"every...tool" at its disposal to secure the release of other Americans held hostage in Syria

American journalist released in Syria

24 Aug American journalist Theo Curtis has been released after being kidnapped in Syria two years ago, US Secretary of State John Kerry said on Sunday.