Kremilin says helping Syrian opposition will lead to a further destabilisation of situation in Syria

Russia criticises US and Turkey's Syria plan

11.23 Russia has criticised US plans to provide together with Turkey air cover for Syrian rebels, saying any support for rivals of Russian ally Syrian President Bashar al-Assad hampered Damascus' fight against Islamic State.

Ban Ki-moon called on the perpetrators of what he called a 'terrorist act' to face justice

UN condemns Palestinian toddler killing

31 Jul UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has condemned the killing of an 18-month-old boy in an arson attack by suspected Jewish settlers in the Israeli-occupied West Bank.

Members of the Kurdish community hold a rally in Paris over Turkish air force attacks on the PKK military campaigns in Syria and northern Iraq

Turkey denies targeting Syrian Kurds

27 Jul The Turkish military are not targeting Syrian Kurds after Kurdish forces and a monitoring group said tanks shelled Kurdish-held villages in northern Syria, a Turkish government official said today.

Al-Shabaab said it was behind the blast

Al-Shabaab attack kills 13 in Mogadishu

26 Jul At least 13 people have been killed after Somalia's al-Shabaab Islamist militant group drove a car packed with explosives at the gate of a hotel in the capital, Mogadishu.

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un

North Korea rules out nuclear talks

21 Jul North Korea has said it has no interest in following Iran down the path of nuclear dialogue, insisting it was already a nuclear weapons state and therefore beyond any logical comparison with Iran.

Benjamin Netanyahu said Tehran was determined to acquire nuclear weapons

Israel responds to Tehran's views on nuclear deal

19 Jul Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said that the rhetoric of Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei proved that a nuclear deal signed with world powers will not change Tehran's policies,

The Malaysian Airlines Boeing 777 was flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur when it crashed on 17 July 2014

Ukraine's president vows justice for MH17 victims

17 Jul As one year passes following the downing of Malaysian commercial flight MH17 above eastern Ukraine, Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko has vowed justice will be done and those guilty of bringing down the plane will not evade punishment.

Diyala police say the death toll may rise

IS militants claim Iraq attack after 90 killed

18 Jul More than 90 people have been killed in a suicide car bombing at a busy market in an Iraqi town, in one of the deadliest attacks carried out by so-called Islamic State militants since they overran large parts of the country.

The ceremony is the first of six that will be held throughout July and August

National Memorial held for Defence Force members

18 Jul Members of the Air Corps and 7th Infantry Battalion based in Cathal Brugha Barracks took part in the National Memorial to Members of the Defence Forces who died in the Service of the State.

US Secretary of State John Kerry trying to break talks deadlock

Iran nuclear deadline set for Monday

11 Jul France's foreign minister appeared to put pressure on the United States and Iran to speed up nuclear talks, saying that all issues were now on the table between six major powers and Iran and that the time had to come to make a decision.

British holidaymakers are leaving Tunisia following advice from the Foreign Office

Dept advises against non-essential Tunisia travel

10 Jul Irish citizens are being advised to avoid non-essential travel to Tunisia in light of increased security concerns following last month's terror attack in which 38 people, including three Irish people, were killed.

Syrian refugees cross the Syria-Turkey border last month

Number of Syrian refugees passes 4m mark - UNHCR

09 Jul The number of Syrian refugees in neighbouring countries has passed four million, the UN refugee agency UNHCR said, adding that the total was on course to reach 4.27 million by the end of 2015.

The video shows the soldiers being shot dead on the amphitheatre's stage in front of the militant group's flag

IS video shows execution of 25 Syrian soldiers

04 Jul The self-styled Islamic State militant group has released a video showing several dozen Syrian government soldiers being executed by teenagers in the ancient amphitheatre in the city of Palmyra.