Syrians stand and look out on the street of the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra

IS executes civilians after seizure of Palmyra

21 May Fighters from the self-styled Islamic State militant group have executed at least 17 people, including civilians, after the jihadists seized Syria's ancient city of Palmyra on Thursday, a monitor said.

Barack Obama said denying climate change 'undermines the readiness of our forces'

Obama says climate change threatens US security

21 May Rising seas and thawing permafrost caused by warmer global temperatures threaten US military bases and will change the way the US armed services defend the country, President Barack Obama said last night.

Tyndall staff have staged four one-day pickets so far this month

News in Brief

21 May A round-up of other Irish and international stories

A Syrian armoured tank takes up position during fighting against IS in Palmyra

IS in control of Syrian city of Palmyra

20 May Syrian pro-government fighters have withdrawn from the Syrian city of Palmyra after militants from the self-styled Islamic State group entered its neighbourhoods in large numbers, Syrian state television has said.

A migrant woman holds her crying child as she rests in Julok village in Kuta Binje, Aceh Province

Hundreds rescued as migrant deal reached

20 May Hundreds of Rohingya and Bangladeshi migrants have been brought ashore in Indonesia's northwestern Aceh province, according to an Indonesian search and rescue official.

Israeli border guards at a crossing point into the West Bank

Netanyahu suspends Palestinian travel ban

20 May Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has ordered the suspension of a controversial measure banning Palestinians from riding the same buses as Jewish settlers when returning from Israel to the West Bank.