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.

The Irish Defence Forces confirmed Irish troops were operating in the area

Irish soldiers in Golan Heights safe

30 Aug Irish troops in the Golan heights have been involved in a tense operation last night and today as UN troops came under attack from Syrian rebels.

Christine Lagarde denies any wrongdoing

IMF supports leader in corruption inquiry

30 Aug The International Monetary Fund has expressed confidence in its leader Christine Lagarde, who was placed under investigation in France as part of a corruption inquiry.

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.

Iraqi and Turkmen fighters hold a position in the beseiged town of Amerli earlier this month

Major operation under way in Iraq to break seige

30 Aug Iraqi security forces, Shia militiamen and Kurdish fighters have launched a major operation to attempt to break a more than two-month long jihadist siege of a Shia Turkmen-majority town, officials said.

The 22,000 strong Somali and African Union force is taking back a string of towns from the Shebab Islamist fighters

African troops in fresh offensive in Somalia

30 Aug Somali and African Union forces have launched a long-awaited fresh offensive against Shebab Islamist fighters aimed at capturing a number of ports from the extremists, army and government officials have said.

A Pro-Russian fighter in Troitsko-Khartsyzk, 30km east of Donetsk

Russian plane turned away from Polish airspace

29 Aug Poland denied a plane carrying Russia's Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu permission to use its airspace because it changed its status to military from civil for unknown reasons, the spokesman for Poland's state air navigation services agency PAZP has confirmed.

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