Charlie Flanagan said denials by SF on the existence of the PIRA are unhelpful

Flanagan in call over political situation in NI

18.14 Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan has said its important every effort is made by political leaders to retain the political institutions in Northern Ireland.

The lawyers of one of the whistleblowers wrote to the Garda Commissioner expressing concern over the investigation

Garda led inquiry into colleague despite warning

16.31 A senior garda was appointed to lead an internal inquiry into a high-ranking colleague, despite Garda Commissioner Nóirín O'Sullivan being warned a year earlier over alleged links between the two senior officers.

Smoke billows from a military base hit during an air strike in Yemen earlier this month

36 killed in Yemen air strike

14.22 An air strike by a Saudi-led coalition killed 36 civilians working at a bottling plant in the northern Yemeni province of Hajjah, residents said.

Rally triggered over financial crisis surrounding prime minister

Pressure mounts on Malaysian PM to resign

14.40 Thousands of people have gathered for a second day of protests in Kuala Lumpur to demand the resignation of Prime Minister Najib Razak over a multi-million-dollar financial scandal.

Mike Nesbitt, leader of the Ulster Unionist Party, recommended that the party leave the executive

UUP approves withdrawal from NI Executive

29 Aug Senior members of the Ulster Unionist Party have voted to withdraw from Northern Ireland's power-sharing government over claims the Provisional IRA still exists.

Sean FitzPatrick is facing 27 charges including making a misleading, false or deceptive statements to auditors

FitzPatrick trial adjourned until May

29 Aug The High Court has ruled that the trial of former Anglo Irish Bank Chairman Sean FitzPatrick, which was due to start in October, should not take place until May 2016.

Mohamed Fahmy (L) and Baher Mohamed were both taken into custody

US 'disappointed' over Al Jazeera verdict in Egypt

29 Aug An Egyptian court has sentenced three Al Jazeera TV journalists to three years in prison for operating without a press license and broadcasting material harmful to Egypt, in a case that has triggered an international outcry.

Passengers subdued a gunman on an Amsterdam to Paris train on 21 August

European ministers agree tighter rail security

29 Aug European ministers and officials have agreed to reinforce railway security, particularly on international lines, and urged the European Commission to amend Schengen border codes after the recent foiled attack on a train in northern France.

71 people were found dead in this lorry abandoned on an Austrian highway on Thursday

3 children found critical in refugee lorry

29 Aug Three young children were found in critical condition due to dehydration yesterday after police in Austria stopped a truck with 26 refugees, Austrian news agency APA has reported.

Police say the suspect fits the description of a man identified on CCTV footage

Thai police arrest suspect in Bangkok bombing

29 Aug Police hunting for the perpetrators of Thailand's deadliest bombing have arrested a suspect they said fits the description of a man identified on security cameras as leaving a rucksack at the site of the 17 August blast in Bangkok.

Billy Walsh (L) at June's European Games

Sports Council 'disappointed' with IABA over Walsh

28 Aug The Irish Sports Council has criticised the Irish Amateur Boxing Association over what it believes is a failure to ratify a previously agreed deal to keep Billy Walsh as high-performance coach to the country's elite boxers.

Up to 40 jobs will be lost at Aer Arann Islands with the loss of contract

News in Brief

28 Aug A round-up of news stories from at home and around the world