A Palestinian child covers her eyes to protect them from dust flying from a house hit by an Israeli military strike

Israel and Hamas agree 72-hour ceasefire

31 Jul Israel and Hamas have agreed to a 72-hour ceasefire in their conflict in the Gaza Strip starting on Friday morning, US Secretary of State John Kerry and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon have announced.

Gardaí are investigating after an incident in which a man was injured by a bus in Dublin City Centre

Man injured in Dublin bus incident

31 Jul Gardaí are investigating an incident in which a man was seriously injured after he was allegedly pushed in front of a bus at Aston Quay in Dublin City Centre.

OSCE members observe a minute's silence at the scene (Pic: @OSCE_SM)

Dutch police say MH17 site 'very unstable'

31 Jul Dutch police heading up the international probe into the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 said that the situation around the crash site remains perilous, despite a small team managing to access the scene.

Patrick Whelan and William McAteer were convicted of giving loans to the 'Maple Ten'

Former Anglo directors get community service

31 Jul Former director of Anglo Irish Bank Willie McAteer and Patrick Whelan have been sentenced to 240 hours of community service for giving illegal loans to ten people to buy shares in the bank.

Mahmoud Bazzi will continue to be held in detention in Michigan and will appear before the courts again on 11 August

US court adjourns Bazzi immigration hearing

31 Jul The man suspected of murdering two Irish peacekeepers in the Lebanon more than 30 years ago has told a US immigration judge to send him back to the Lebanon if he cannot stay in the US.

The event coincides with the centenary of the outbreak of World War I

Ireland's war dead honoured at Glasnevin

31 Jul President Michael D Higgins and the Duke of Kent have unveiled a Commonwealth Cross of Sacrifice to honour Ireland's war dead at Glasnevin Cemetery in Dublin.

The internet.org app is being released first in Zambia

Facebook unveils new internet app

31 Jul Facebook has unveiled an app to allow people around the world with mobile phones but no internet access to access online services for health, education and basic communications.

The highly infectious deadly disease has claimed over 600 lives in West Africa so far

Ivory Coast on high alert for Ebola outbreak

31 Jul Doctors in Ivory Coast say all measures are being taken to avoid Ebola spreading from neighbouring Liberia and Guinea, as the region struggles to control a deadly virus outbreak that has killed 729 people.

Alexander Litvinenko from his deathbed accused President Vladimir Putin of ordering his killing

Litvinenko poisoning inquiry to open in UK

31 Jul The widow of poisoned Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko has said the "whole world" will know the truth about what happened to her husband as a public inquiry into his death begins today.

A major search operation was undertaken after MH370 vanished in March

MH370 survey ships making progress

31 Jul Two ships surveying the sea floor where Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 is thought to have crashed are making steady progress with a deep-water search to get under way in September, Australian authorities have said.