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

14.49 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.

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

NATO expects law change on Ukraine status

13.41 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.

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31 Aug Tánaiste Joan Burton's department has been criticised in an unpublished internal report over claims it had no strategy in place to recover millions of euro in outstanding redundancy debt.

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.

Martin McGuinness acknowledged the tensions in the power-sharing administration in his speech

McGuinness confident in Stormont administration

31 Aug Northern Ireland Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness has said he is confident that the power-sharing administration at Stormont will not collapse, even though it faces immense challenges.

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has urged the EU to take stronger action against Russia

EU leaders to accept Russian sanctions - Ukraine

30 Aug Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said that European Union leaders had agreed to prepare additional sanctions on Russia which would be conditional on the success of a peace plan proposed by him.

Lesotho's vice-president Mothetjoa Metsing (R) is accused of involvement in the move to seize power

Lesotho PM accuses military of staging coup

30 Aug Lesotho's Prime Minister Thomas Thabane has accused his country's army of staging a coup against him and fled to neighbouring South Africa, which condemned the military's action and called for a peaceful settlement.

Christine Lagarde has been questioned four times in the investigation for negligence in a political fraud

Lagarde under investigation in French fraud case

27 Aug International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde has been placed under formal investigation by French magistrates for negligence in a political fraud affair dating from 2008 when she was finance minister, her lawyer said today.

President Hollande ordered the Prime Minister to form a new cabinet 'consistent with the direction he has set for the country'

Hollande announces new French government

26 Aug French President Francois Hollande has named Emmanuel Macron, a former banker and close ally as the new economy minister in an emergency reshuffle after a major political crisis.

An Islamist fighter flashes the V sign for victory at the entrance of Tripoli international airport

Egypt and UAE behind Libya air strikes: US

26 Aug American officials have said Egypt and the United Arab Emirates were behind air strikes in Libya targeting Islamist militants fighting government forces in the capital, Tripoli.

Ms Pillay said the crimes included mass executions of prisoners

UN rights chief slams IS militants in Iraq

25 Aug The United Nations Human Rights chief, Navi Pillay, has condemned what she said were appalling and widespread crimes being committed by Islamic State forces in Iraq.