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

21.56 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.

A displaced Iraqi woman walks through the Bahrka refugee camp

At least 1,420 killed in Iraq last month

23.17 Violence in Iraq has left at least 1,420 people dead during the month of August as Iraqi forces fought to regain areas overrun by jihadist-led militants, the United Nations has said.

Anders Fogh Rasmussen said the Ukrainian parliament was expected to abandon the country's non-aligned status

NATO expects law change on Ukraine status

21.55 NATO's Secretary-General has said that Ukraine's political leaders expected the Ukrainian parliament to abandon the country's non-aligned status after an October election.

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.

Pakistani riot police throw stones towards protesters following clashes with security forces near the prime minister's residence

At least three killed in clashes in Pakistan

31 Aug Pakistani opposition leader Imran Khan called on his supporters to take to the streets across the country after at least three people were killed in clashes between protesters and police in the capital Islamabad overnight.

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.

The Irish Defence Forces confirmed Irish troops were operating in the area

Irish soldiers in Golan Heights safe

30 Aug Irish troops in the Golan heights have been involved in a tense operation last night and today as UN troops came under attack from Syrian rebels.

The 22,000 strong Somali and African Union force is taking back a string of towns from the Shebab Islamist fighters

African troops in fresh offensive in Somalia

30 Aug Somali and African Union forces have launched a long-awaited fresh offensive against Shebab Islamist fighters aimed at capturing a number of ports from the extremists, army and government officials have said.

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

Russian plane turned away from Polish airspace

29 Aug Poland denied a plane carrying Russia's Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu permission to use its airspace because it changed its status to military from civil for unknown reasons, the spokesman for Poland's state air navigation services agency PAZP has confirmed.

Lebanon has let in one million Syrian refugees over three years

Call for Europe-wide strategy for refugees

29 Aug 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

29 Aug 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.