Ashya was being treated in a Southampton hospital when his parents removed him

Police defend handling of Ashya King case

31 Aug The police officer who led the successful search for a severely-ill boy, who had been removed from a UK hospital to Spain by his parents, has defended the handling of the investigation.

UN officials in the Golan Heights are continuing efforts to negotiate the release of 44 Fijian soldiers

Calls for Irish troops to stay on in Syria

31 Aug Fianna Fáil TD and party defence spokesman Seán Ó Fearghaíl has suggested the current Irish contingent of soldiers in the Golan Heights should have their time there extended if the current difficulties being experienced there continue.

People were evacuated from the rubble of the building in a Paris suburb

Three dead, dozens injured in Paris explosion

31 Aug An eight-year-old child is among three people killed in an explosion that reduced half of a four-storey residential block in a Paris suburb to rubble, emergency services said.

Pakistani riot police throw stones towards protesters following clashes with security forces near the prime minister's residence

At least three killed in clashes in Pakistan

31 Aug Pakistani opposition leader Imran Khan called on his supporters to take to the streets across the country after at least three people were killed in clashes between protesters and police in the capital Islamabad overnight.

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.

Martin McGuinness acknowledged the tensions in the power-sharing administration in his speech

McGuinness confident in Stormont administration

31 Aug Northern Ireland Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness has said he is confident that the power-sharing administration at Stormont will not collapse, even though it faces immense challenges.

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.