There have been appeals to the international community for help after a snowstorm killed at least five people in the Middle East.
An Icelandic Coast Guard ship was today towing a cargo vessel to Italy with about 450 migrants who were abandoned by smugglers, leaving the vessel navigating without a crew, authorities said.
The Syrian government is prepared to attend peace talks Russia plans to hold next month, according to state media.
US-led coalition air strikes on Syria have killed more than 500 people, mainly Islamic militants, since they began last month, activists said as fighting flared in the northern Syrian border town of Kobani.
The US military has airdropped weapons, ammunition and medical supplies to Kurdish forces defending the Syrian city of Kobani against Islamic State militants.
Turkey will let US and coalition forces use its bases for attacks against Islamic State (IS) militants in Syria and Iraq, American defence sources have said.
The US-led coalition has intensified its aerial bombardment of Islamic State (IS) positions in the Syrian border town of Kobani as the extremist group fought street battles with Kurdish forces and reportedly rushed in reinforcements.
The contingent of Irish troops who came under attack during their United Nations peacekeeping mission in the Golan Heights have returned home.
Islamic State fighters backed by tanks and artillery have pushed into an embattled Syrian town on the border with Turkey, sparking heavy street battles with the town’s Kurdish defenders.
US-led coalition warplanes have struck an oil refinery controlled by the Islamic State group inside Syria, residents of a Turkish border town said.
The US and and five Arab countries have launched air strikes against Islamic State group targets in Syria for the first time, using fighter jets, bombers and Tomahawk cruise missiles fired from ships in the region.
Minister for Defence Simon Coveney has said says he will decide by the end of the month on whether more Irish troops should be sent to Syria.
Fiji has sent mixed messages on whether its 45 United Nations peacekeepers that are being held captive by Syrian insurgents will be freed soon.
The Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said Irish troops serving on a peacekeeping mission in the Golan Heights must not be dragged into the civil war in Syria.
Al Qaida-linked Syrian rebels holding 45 Fijian peacekeepers hostage have issued a set of demands for their release, an official said today.
Defence Minister Simon Coveney has said that Irish troops deployed as part of the UN mission in the disputed Golan Heights will not be replaced unless the mission is reviewed.
Syrian rebels holding dozens of Fijian UN peacekeepers hostage have attacked Filipino troops in the Golan Heights, Philippine officials said.
Syrian rebels backed by al-qaida have seized a border crossing in a region where 130 Irish troops will be deployed next month.
An independent United Nations commission has said the Syrian government is likely to have used chlorine gas to attack civilians.
Sixteen people, including three civilians, have been killed in air strikes by the Syrian army against an eastern town which was captured by fighters from an al Qaida breakaway group a day earlier, according to activists.
More than 50 million people had been forced from their homes worldwide at the end of last year, the United Nations refugee agency has said.
Syrian president Bashar Assad has declared a general amnesty for prisoners in the country, state media reported.
A mortar shell has hit an election rally for Syria’s president Bashar Assad, killing 21 people.
The head of Syria’s air defences has been killed in clashes near the capital, Damascus, one of a few high-ranking military officers to be killed in the country’s civil war.
Hundreds of Syrian rebels have started evacuating their last bastions in the central city of Homs under a ceasefire struck last week with government forces, activists said.
The UN’s top human rights official has condemned the “rampant use of torture” in detention facilities in Syria.
The United Nations has said it is alarmed at the “violent nature” of a demonstration in a massive Syrian refugee camp in Jordan.
Turkey has shot down a Syrian warplane over the border between the two countries.
Syrian troops captured a famed Crusader castle near the border with Lebanon today, running the two-starred government flag high above the stone ramparts of the 12th century fortress after days of intense clashes with rebel fighters.
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Ireland has pledged another €5m to assist civilians affected by the Syrian crisis.
Syrian government and opposition delegates said talks to end their country’s civil war have reached an impasse, with the United States and Russia backing the rival camps and trading accusations over the deadlock.
Western powers have defied Russia’s veto threat and pushed forward with a United Nations resolution threatening sanctions against Syria, as Barack Obama attacked Moscow’s opposition to a measure to help millions in desperate need of humanitarian aid.
Children in Syria have been tortured, maimed and sexually abused by president Bashar Assad’s forces and recruited for combat by the rebels fighting to topple him, a new United Nations report said.
The United Nations mediator brokering peace talks on Syria’s civil war says the two sides have reached a deal to allow women and children to leave a city under government siege for more than a year.
US Secretary of State John Kerry has ramped up criticism of Syrian president Bashar Assad, calling him a “one-man super-magnet for terrorism” who has committed war crimes and could be responsible for the ultimate disintegration of Syria.
Peace talks intended to carve a path out of Syria’s civil war got off to a rocky start today as a bitter clash over President Bashar Assad’s future threatened to collapse the negotiations even before they really begin.
Iranian president Hassan Rouhani says he believes there is little hope of success for the Syrian peace talks.
Two weeks ahead of an international peace conference on Syria, the country’s main Western-backed opposition group stands on the brink of collapse.
Syrian rebels have seized a compound held by al-Qaida-linked fighters in a northern town, amid some of the most serious infighting between rebels battling president Bashar Assad, according to reports.
Fighters from an al Qaida-linked Syrian rebel group beheaded an allied commander whom they mistook for a pro-government fighter, activists say.
Syria has provided video and photographic evidence that shows a chemical weapons site near war-torn Aleppo has been dismantled and abandoned, weapons inspectors have said.
Irish troops serving in Syria were 200 metres from a firefight between Government and anti-government forces.
At least eight people have been killed after a bomb exploded in a central district of Damascus, according to Syrian state media.
Syria has completed destruction of critical equipment for producing chemical weapons and filling munitions with poison gas, an official at the global chemical weapons watchdog said today.
Norway has turned down a US request to receive Syria’s chemical weapons for destruction.
A suicide truck bomb attack on a government checkpoint on the edge of the city of Hama in central Syria has left 30 dead, according to state media and activists.
A suicide vehicle bombing of an army checkpoint outside Damascus has killed 16 soldiers, Syrian activists say.
A team of reporters from Sky News Arabia has gone missing in the contested city of Aleppo in northern Syria.
Syrian planes have bombed several rebel-held areas and opposition fighters fired mortars at Damascus despite the start of a major Muslim holiday.
Four of the seven hostages from the International Committee of the Red Cross kidnapped in Syria have been freed.
Seven Red Cross workers have been kidnapped in northern Syria, a spokesman for the aid agency has said.
The UN Security Council has agreed to proposals by secretary-general Ban Ki-moon to destroy Syria’s chemical weapons by a target of the middle of next year, diplomats said.
Ireland has pledged €3m in humanitarian funding to help refugees fleeing Syria.
US secretary of state John Kerry has said that the United States and Russia are “very pleased” with the progress made so far in destroying Syria’s chemical weapons stocks.
International inspectors began destroying Syria’s stockpile of chemical weapons and the machinery used to create it, a United Nations official said on Sunday.
Syria’s president Bashar Assad says his government will abide by the UN resolution calling for the country’s chemical weapons programme to be dismantled and destroyed.
The United Nations Security Council voted unanimously last night to secure and destroy Syria’s chemical weapons stockpile, in a landmark decision aimed at taking poison gas off the battlefield in the escalating conflict.
Syrian president Bashar Assad says he does not discount the possibility of a US military attack on his country.
Ireland is to help bankroll the destruction of chemical weapons in Syria with €200,000 in funding.