The team will establish all of the factual circumstances and the chain of communication between different service providers

HSE publishes Terms of Reference in abortion case

22 Aug The HSE has published the Terms of Reference and the four members of the internal review team which will examine the care of a young woman who had her pregnancy ended prematurely in controversial circumstances.

Worshippers were at Friday prayers (not pictured) when the attack occurred

70 killed in Iraq mosque shooting

22 Aug At least 70 people have been killed after Shia Muslim militia opened fired inside an Iraqi Sunni mosque in the country's eastern Diyala province, an Iraqi security source said.

Eddie Ryan was jailed in 2010 after pleading guilty to possession of a high-powered firearm and ammunition

Warrant ordered for re-arrest of Limerick man

22 Aug A warrant has been ordered for the re-arrest of Limerick criminal Eddie Ryan Junior following a Supreme Court ruling that he was not entitled to early release under Article 40 of the Constitution.

Iarnród Éireann is to implement pay cuts across its workforce from Sunday 24 August

5 days of rail strikes to hit thousands

22 Aug A rail strike this weekend is expected to hit thousands of travellers, including GAA fans heading to Croke Park for the All-Ireland football semi-final on Sunday.

The Pentagon says the Chinese warplane conducted a barrel roll over the Navy patrol jet

Dangerous intercept of US Navy jet by Chinese

22 Aug The United States has lodged a formal protest with Beijing over an air intercept this week in which a Chinese warplane flew close to a US Navy patrol jet and conducted acrobatic manoeuvres around it in international airspace, the Pentagon has said.

George Pell was handpicked by Pope Francis to be head of a new Vatican finance ministry

Top Vatican figure in row over abuse comments

22 Aug Australia's leading Catholic cleric George Pell, a top Vatican official, has come under fire after drawing an analogy between the church's response to child abuse and a trucking company.

Cattle farmers have been concerned over falling prices and retailers' specifications

Coveney positive about beef sector outlook

22 Aug Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney has said the medium and long-term outlook for the beef sector is very strong across Europe and in new markets such as Asia and the Middle East.

An additional 51,953 killings that were reported lacked sufficient information and were excluded from the analysis

Death toll in Syria war at least 191,369 - UN

22 Aug At least 191,369 people have been killed in Syria's conflict up to April, more than double the figure documented a year ago and probably still an under-estimate, the United Nations human rights office has said.

Navi Pillay suggested the Security Council come up with possible new responses to rights violations

UN rebuked over Security Council failures

22 Aug Outgoing UN rights chief Navi Pillay has rebuked the Security Council for putting short-term geopolitical concerns and narrowly-defined national interests ahead of grave breaches of global peace and security.

Traffic accidents are common in Egypt where roads are often poorly maintained and traffic regulations are little enforced

Egypt resort coach crash kills 33

22 Aug A collision between two coaches servicing the Egyptian Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh killed 33 people, a health ministry official said.

Albert Reynolds in his days as Fianna Fáil leader

Albert Reynolds - An Obituary

21 Aug Albert Reynolds served as Taoiseach for just under three years, one of the shortest ever terms, but made an enduring contribution to Ireland with his peace initiative that helped to end 25 years of violence on this island.

Islamic State jihadists beheaded James Foley and posted the video of the murder online

Call for multinational response to Foley murder

21 Aug The chief of the international police organisation Interpol has condemned the beheading of US journalist James Foley and called for a global response to the threat posed by Islamic extremists.

Palestinians gather around the rubble of a building destroyed following an Israeli military strike in Rafah

15 people killed in strikes on Gaza

21 Aug Three senior Hamas commanders and four children were among at least 15 Palestinians killed in Gaza overnight as Israel stepped up air strikes on day 45 of the conflict.

Protesters stepped up their demands that the local criminal inquiry be turned over to a special prosecutor

US attorney general visits Ferguson

21 Aug US Attorney General Eric Holder has met with community members in Ferguson, Missouri, and vowed a thorough civil rights inquiry into the fatal police shooting of an unarmed black teenager that has set off 12 nights of racially charged protests.

Europe will move a step closer to getting its own civilian operated satellite based navigation system

Bad weather delays ESA satellite launch

21 Aug Bad weather has indefinitely delayed the planned blast-off from French Guiana of two satellites for Europe's Galileo navigation system, launch firm Arianespace said.

The scientists found the difference came about as a result of a genetic adaptation (Pic: Maude W. Baldwin/Science)

Hummingbird develops sweet tooth

21 Aug New research by an international group of scientists, including some in Ireland, has discovered the Hummingbird has developed a sweet tooth that makes it different from all other birds.