A man brought a suspect device to gardaí in Mullingar

News in Brief

04 Mar A round-up of other Irish and international news stories.

A boat transporting migrants capsized off Sicily, killing at least 10 people

941 migrants rescued off Italian coast in 24 hours

04 Mar Italy's coastguard has said it carried out seven rescue operations in less than 24 hours, saving 941 migrants in the Strait of Sicily, which separates the Italian island from the North African coast.

UNICEF estimates there are at least 12,000 children used by both sides in South Sudan's ongoing civil war

Hundreds of boys feared kidnapped in South Sudan

01 Mar The UN children's agency said this morning it fears hundreds of boys were kidnapped last month in the northeast of South Sudan, raising suspicions that the abductors were from a pro-government militia.

Hamas is an offshoot of Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood

Egypt deems Hamas a terrorist group

28 Feb An Egyptian court has listed the Palestinian group Hamas as a terrorist organisation, one month after a judge listed the group's armed wing as a terrorist group.

A girl sits among the rubble of destroyed buildings in Al Shejaiya neighbourhood in the east of Gaza

Banksy video takes aim at Gaza destruction

26 Feb British street artist Banksy has posted a mini-documentary on his website showing squalid conditions in Gaza, six months after the end of the war between Hamas and Israel.

By the end of 2014 only 150,000 Syrian refugees were living in EU states

Amnesty condemns failure to protect civilians

25 Feb Amnesty International has condemned world leaders for what it termed their "shameful and ineffective" failure to protect civilians from groups like Islamic State, calling 2014 a "catastrophic" year.

US Secretary of State John Kerry met his British counterpart Philip Hammond

Additional Russian sanctions being discussed

21 Feb US Secretary of State John Kerry has said the US and its allies were not prepared to play games with Russia and were discussing additional sanctions against Moscow over its role in eastern Ukraine.

Jews and Muslims hold hands as they join in a ring of solidarity around the synagogue in Oslo, Norway

Norwegian Muslims form human shield at synagogue

22 Feb More than 1,000 Muslims formed a human shield around Oslo's synagogue, offering symbolic protection for the city's Jewish community and condemning an attack on a synagogue in neighbouring Denmark last weekend.

Iraqi special forces policemen at a training session as they prepare to recapture Mosul

'Up to 25,000 troops' needed to retake Mosul

20 Feb The United States wants Iraq to launch its offensive to retake the strategic northern city of Mosul from the so-called Islamic State group in April or May, military officials have said.