Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutolgu said violence in the north of Aleppo had forced 200,000 people to flee

Turkey will not shut gates to refugees - PM

10.22 Some 70,000 Syrian refugees could reach the Turkish border if the military campaign there continues at this intensity, Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutolgu said today, adding Turkey will not shut its gates to the refugees.

Nigel Dodds, the DUP's deputy leader, will raise the issue in the House of Commons today

DUP to raise objections over Brexit date

07.34 In UK parliament today the Democratic Unionist Party will raise its objections to setting a late date in June for holding the referendum on UK membership of the European Union, known as 'Brexit'.

Labour and Fianna Fáil made announcements on tax and the economy this morning

Labour and Fianna Fáil pledge to cut USC

08 Feb Labour and Fianna Fáil have pledged cuts to the Universal Social Charge, while the Taoiseach has promised over 10,000 public service jobs if he is returned to office.

Micheál Martin says Government has "failed miserably on health"

From childcare to jobs, parties launch strategies

06 Feb As the General Election campaign enters its first weekend, the main political parties are launching strategies on issues ranging from childcare, rural development and the promotion of new businesses.

The debate came three days before New Hampshire Republicans register their choices  in the nation's second nominating contest

Marco Rubio struggles at Republican debate

07 Feb US Republican contender Marco Rubio struggled at a presidential debate last night at the worst possible time, potentially confounding his bid to emerge as Donald Trump's chief rival in New Hampshire and giving hope to three rivals desperate for a strong showing.

A Statutory Instrument would require windfarms to conduct an environmental impact assessment of their electricity grid connection as part of any planning permission application

Windfarm lobby group critical of Govt policy

07 Feb A confidential memo from the wind industry's main lobby group has described a proposed new planning order from the outgoing Government as posing a "significant impact" on the windfarm sector.

The Taoiseach was in his own Mayo constituency with Michelle Mulherin in Ballina today

The campaign trail - what's happening today?

07 Feb On the first Sunday of the General Election 2016 campaign, Fine Gael ministers Michael Noonan, Leo Varadkar and Simon Harris held a press conference in Fine Gael's Media HQ to set out the details of Fine Gael's plans for the abolition of the USC as a core part of the party's Long Term Economic

Hillary Clinton accused Bernie Sanders of trying to unfairly discredit her by suggesting she was beholden to powerful donors

Sanders promises 'don't add up' - Clinton

05 Feb Hillary Clinton locked horns with her rival for the Democratic White House nomination Bernie Sanders in a party debate yesterday, saying his promises "don't add up" and accusing him of smear tactics.

The Northern Ireland Affairs Committee is conducting an inquiry into the impact of Brexit on Northern Ireland.

Paisley doubts border crossing would change

03 Feb A multibillion-pound electronic surveillance system operating on the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic would not change if Britain exited the EU, Ian Paisley Jnr has said.

The two sides have been locked in talks

Proposals unveiled to keep Britain in EU

02 Feb European Council President Donald Tusk has presented proposals for keeping Britain in the European Union to a mixed response, underlining the challenges Prime Minister David Cameron faces to win over his people and other EU leaders.

King Abdullah said the refugee crisis was overloading Jordan's social services and threatening regional stability

King Abdullah appeals for help with migrant influx

02 Feb Jordan's King Abdullah says his country needs long-term aid from the international community to cope with a huge influx of Syrian refugees, warning that unless it received support the "dam is going to burst".

John Kerry said the conflict could engulf the Middle East if no negotiated settlement was achieved

Kerry appeals to both sides in Syria peace talks

31 Jan US Secretary of State John Kerry appealed to both sides to continue Syrian peace talks in Geneva despite an attack by so-called Islamic State bombers that killed more than 60 people near the country's holiest Shi'ite shrine.

David Ford says the NI Department of Justice does not have the resources to fund the investigation

British govt 'must pay' for Stakeknife inquiry

01 Feb Northern Ireland's Justice Minister David Ford has said the British government must pay for the investigation into the activities of the IRA informer, codenamed Stakeknife, who is linked to more than 20 murders.

Garda penalty points system was reformed last year following allegations of widespread abuse

Judge 'satisfied' with garda penalty point system

28 Jan A judge appointed by Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald to oversee the operation of the garda penalty points system has said he is satisfied there has been "substantial compliance" with protocol.