Fallujah is one of the two remaining major Iraqi cities still controlled by IS

Iraqi forces prepare to retake Fallujah

28 May Iraq's counter-terrorism forces have deployed on the edge of Fallujah for the first time since an operation was launched to retake the jihadist-held city, top commanders said.

The Italian navy was able to rescue 562 people from the water

100 may have drowned in shipwreck off Libya

26 May Survivors of a shipwreck in the Mediterranean off the coast of Libya yesterday have said that 100 people may have drowned, the International Organization of Migration said this evening.

A Russian court had sentenced Nadiya Savchenko to 22 years in jail

Russia frees Ukrainian pilot in prisoner swap

25 May A Ukrainian military pilot has arrived home in Kiev after nearly two years in a Russian jail, part of a prisoner swap in which two Russians held in Ukraine were returned to Moscow.

Iraqi forces gathered outside of Falluja ahead of the offensive

Iraqi forces clash with IS fighters in Fallujah

23 May Iraqi forces have clashed with fighters of the so-called Islamic State near Fallujah while bombing central districts in the initial hours of an offensive to retake the militant stronghold just west of Baghdad.

Tartus is a stronghold of President Bashar al-Assad

Scores killed in attacks in Syria

23 May Bomb blasts killed more than 100 people in the Syrian coastal cities of Jableh and Tartus, monitors said this morning, in a government-controlled area that hosts Russian forces.

US Secretary of State John Kerry (C), Libyan PM-designate Fayez al-Sarraj (L) and Italian Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni (R) address a press conference in Vienna

Arms embargo exemption for Libya considered

17 May World powers including the US are ready to consider demands from Libya's new unity government for exemptions from a UN arms embargo to help take control of the country, US Secretary of State John Kerry said.

33 people were killed in the attacks in 1974

Govt to pursue access to Dublin-Monaghan files

17 May Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan has said the Government is committed to pressing the UK into giving an international judge access to files on the Dublin-Monaghan bombings.