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Al Qaida threatens to kill US hostage and mocks 'foolish' rescue attempt
# Luke Somers
# Luke Somers

Al Qaida threatens to kill US hostage and mocks 'foolish' rescue attempt

Dec 4th 2014, 11:04 PM 14,347 Views 35 Comments

“I’m certain that my life is in danger…If anything can be done, please let it be done.”

Pope: We can't allow a Middle East without Christians
# Terrorism
# Terrorism

Pope: We can't allow a Middle East without Christians

Dec 1st 2014, 6:48 AM 6,419 Views 13 Comments

The Pope and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew issued a joint plea urging Muslim leaders to condemn terrorism carried out in the name of Islam.

Gerry Adams is not a member of ISIS
# Denial
# Denial

Gerry Adams is not a member of ISIS

Nov 21st 2014, 6:24 PM 28,758 Views 193 Comments

Or so he says anyway.

Debate Room: Should there be a boycott of Israeli academic institutions?
# Opinion
# Opinion

Debate Room: Should there be a boycott of Israeli academic institutions?

Nov 19th 2014, 1:00 PM 134 Views 165 Comments

Two commentators tackle the issue…

Gold, silver and copper: Islamic State group to begin minting its own currency
# Islamic Dinar
# Islamic Dinar

Gold, silver and copper: Islamic State group to begin minting its own currency

Nov 14th 2014, 11:06 AM 11,214 Views 147 Comments

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi says Western economies have “enslaved Muslims”.

One killed in knife attack as unrest continues across Israel and West Bank
# Stabbings
# Stabbings

One killed in knife attack as unrest continues across Israel and West Bank

Nov 10th 2014, 6:07 PM 6,623 Views 30 Comments

A solider is also in a critical condition.

Hit and run rampage in Jerusalem leaves two dead in religious violence
# Holy Land
# Holy Land

Hit and run rampage in Jerusalem leaves two dead in religious violence

Nov 5th 2014, 2:01 PM 5,239 Views 48 Comments

A Palestinian man driving the van was shot dead by police.

Top Obama official: Netanyahu is a "chickenshit"
# War Of Words
# War Of Words

Top Obama official: Netanyahu is a "chickenshit"

Oct 29th 2014, 8:36 AM 10,058 Views 42 Comments

The unnamed staffer also called the Israeli PM a “coward” in a newly published article.

Amid tensions in Jerusalem, Israel announces 1,000 new settler homes in the city
# Disputed Territory
# Disputed Territory

Amid tensions in Jerusalem, Israel announces 1,000 new settler homes in the city

Oct 28th 2014, 2:09 PM 6,873 Views 164 Comments

Ireland has joined the US and others in condemning the move.

Watch: US military obliterate Islamic State flag planted on Kobane hill
# Death From Above
# Death From Above

Watch: US military obliterate Islamic State flag planted on Kobane hill

Oct 24th 2014, 9:30 AM 19,371 Views 74 Comments

The effect of the air campaign remains the subject of debate.

Teenage girls lured by ISIS with promises of 'Disney lives' with good homes and husbands
# Jihadist Brides
# Jihadist Brides

Teenage girls lured by ISIS with promises of 'Disney lives' with good homes and husbands

Oct 23rd 2014, 2:50 PM 40,266 Views 83 Comments

Three girls were stopped in Germany yesterday as they tried to make their way from the US to Syria.

John Grisham, college fees, and Facebook: The week in numbers
# Prime Numbers
# Prime Numbers

John Grisham, college fees, and Facebook: The week in numbers

Oct 18th 2014, 7:30 PM 8,875 Views 2 Comments

Plus: How much has Mark Zuckerberg donated to the fight against Ebola?

Opinion: A holy war? Examining the relationship between religion and violence
# Terrorism
# Terrorism

Opinion: A holy war? Examining the relationship between religion and violence

Oct 17th 2014, 7:30 PM 1,096 Views 173 Comments

Is a clash of ideologies tearing apart the fabric of world order?

Three Irish fighters have been killed in Middle East conflicts since 2010
# Arab States
# Arab States

Three Irish fighters have been killed in Middle East conflicts since 2010

Oct 16th 2014, 9:15 AM 13,544 Views 112 Comments

It’s estimated that between 25 and 30 Irish people have traveled to the area where Islamic State is active.

Australia is joining the fight against Islamic State in Iraq
# Air Strikes
# Air Strikes

Australia is joining the fight against Islamic State in Iraq

Oct 3rd 2014, 9:12 AM 6,811 Views 68 Comments

The country’s cabinet today approve the deployment of special forces and military air strikes.

Opinion: The threat of Ebola and the 'Responsibility to Protect'
# United Nations
# United Nations

Opinion: The threat of Ebola and the 'Responsibility to Protect'

Oct 1st 2014, 1:15 PM 80 Views 14 Comments

The international community is pouring its efforts into containing the criminal militancy of Isis, but we should turn our attention to funding Ebola emergency relief.

Opinion: The US should step back and let the Middle East tackle Isis
# Cycle Of Violence
# Cycle Of Violence

Opinion: The US should step back and let the Middle East tackle Isis

Sep 30th 2014, 8:00 PM 609 Views 36 Comments

It is time to stop air strikes and let the people of the Middle East decide their own fate – together and without interference.

Poll: Do you support US-led airstrikes on the Islamic State group?
# Your Say
# Your Say

Poll: Do you support US-led airstrikes on the Islamic State group?

Sep 25th 2014, 9:31 AM 14,092 Views 191 Comments

They killed 19 people last night, including 5 civilians and one child.

Mohammed is the most popular baby name in Israel - but the state doesn't count Arabic names
# No Records
# No Records

Mohammed is the most popular baby name in Israel - but the state doesn't count Arabic names

Sep 24th 2014, 6:02 PM 16,286 Views 68 Comments

Names favoured by Arabs, who make up 20% of the population, are not counted in official stats.

Captured British aid worker pleads for his life in audio file sent to his wife
# Held Hostage
# Held Hostage

Captured British aid worker pleads for his life in audio file sent to his wife

Sep 23rd 2014, 9:32 PM 13,642 Views 17 Comments

Alan Henning was seized during an aid mission to Syria last December.

Captured British journalist warns of "another Vietnam" in war with Islamic State
# Islamic State
# Islamic State

Captured British journalist warns of "another Vietnam" in war with Islamic State

Sep 23rd 2014, 4:09 PM 10,030 Views 51 Comments

John Cantlie claims he was “abandoned” by the British government.

Column: It was the largest coordinated demonstration in human history – and they ignored it
# Iraq War
# Iraq War

Column: It was the largest coordinated demonstration in human history – and they ignored it

Sep 23rd 2014, 8:00 AM 78 Views 7 Comments

Director Amir Amirani writes about his stunning documentary, We Are Many, which explores the 2003 Stop the War global protests and their legacy.

John Kerry travels to Middle East to hold anti-IS talks

John Kerry travels to Middle East to hold anti-IS talks

Sep 9th 2014, 10:29 AM 3,488 Views 22 Comments

Saudi has confirmed the Arab anti-IS talks with Kerry for Thursday.

Opinion: Why Gaza needs an Albert Reynolds
# Conflict
# Conflict

Opinion: Why Gaza needs an Albert Reynolds

Sep 5th 2014, 8:00 PM 44 Views 36 Comments

The situation in Gaza needs someone who can broker peace – someone who has the energy not to take no for an answer;

Palestinian ambassador compares occupied Gaza to occupied Ireland
# Ireland And Gaza
# Ireland And Gaza

Palestinian ambassador compares occupied Gaza to occupied Ireland

Sep 3rd 2014, 5:09 PM 9,468 Views 51 Comments

The ambassador was meeting with TDs in Leinster House.

"Settlements are illegal" - Ireland joins chorus of condemnation of Israeli land grab
# No State Solution
# No State Solution

"Settlements are illegal" - Ireland joins chorus of condemnation of Israeli land grab

Sep 1st 2014, 5:23 PM 13,823 Views 114 Comments

The US and Amnesty International also want Israel to reverse the decision.

Breakthrough against IS: Iraqi troops reach town of Amerli, ending 2-month siege
# Besieged
# Besieged

Breakthrough against IS: Iraqi troops reach town of Amerli, ending 2-month siege

Aug 31st 2014, 7:40 PM 7,784 Views 18 Comments

It’s the biggest offensive success for the Iraqi government since IS militants overran large areas of the country in June.

Philippine UN peacekeepers safe after Irish-aided 'great escape'
# Golan Hieghts
# Golan Hieghts

Philippine UN peacekeepers safe after Irish-aided 'great escape'

Aug 31st 2014, 1:27 PM 13,546 Views 62 Comments

More than 70 Filipino peacekeepers have escaped from two areas that came under attack by Syrian rebels. Irish troops were involved in the first evacuation operation.

Enda off to Brussels for election of new European Council President
# Talks
# Talks

Enda off to Brussels for election of new European Council President

Aug 30th 2014, 10:39 AM 4,416 Views 23 Comments

The EU leaders will also discuss the Ukraine crisis at the special meeting.

Opinion: The lives of our peacekeeping troops are being recklessly risked at the Syrian border
# Spectrum Of Violence
# Spectrum Of Violence

Opinion: The lives of our peacekeeping troops are being recklessly risked at the Syrian border

Aug 30th 2014, 8:00 AM 423 Views 53 Comments

The situation at the border is far too volatile for the UN mission’s remit – it seems the only reason to keep it there is for political posturing.

No Irish troops among dozens of peacekeepers captured in the Golan Heights
# Golan Heights
# Golan Heights

No Irish troops among dozens of peacekeepers captured in the Golan Heights

Aug 28th 2014, 10:40 PM 22,940 Views 129 Comments

The UN has confirmed that 43 peacekeepers were detained in the area by an armed group.

Opinion: Dramatic change is needed in American foreign policy – the people have no appetite for war
# Conflict
# Conflict

Opinion: Dramatic change is needed in American foreign policy – the people have no appetite for war

Aug 28th 2014, 1:15 PM 64 Views 56 Comments

The US must no longer be impulsively ready to employ its military around the world either for its own or for others’ ends.

"I don't want to live through a fourth war." - Gaza erupts in peace celebrations
# Taking To The Streets
# Taking To The Streets

"I don't want to live through a fourth war." - Gaza erupts in peace celebrations

Aug 26th 2014, 10:11 PM 6,992 Views 34 Comments

A long-term truce was signed today that will see an easing of the blockade on the enclave.

Opinion: 'I ate leaves and grass to stay alive' – Iraqi families pushed from their homes by ISIS
# Iraq
# Iraq

Opinion: 'I ate leaves and grass to stay alive' – Iraqi families pushed from their homes by ISIS

Aug 22nd 2014, 8:00 AM 31 Views 5 Comments

Religious minorities who have been forcefully displaced by Islamic State extremists face an uncertain future.

ISIS militants holding James Foley captive asked for a ransom of $100m
# Islamic State
# Islamic State

ISIS militants holding James Foley captive asked for a ransom of $100m

Aug 21st 2014, 4:37 PM 15,186 Views 89 Comments

Foley’s family were in e-mail contact with those holding him.

Debate Room: Was the New York Post's front page photo of James Foley unethical?
# Controversy
# Controversy

Debate Room: Was the New York Post's front page photo of James Foley unethical?

Aug 21st 2014, 10:36 AM 107 Views 45 Comments

We look in more detail at an issue which has caused widespread anger…

28 million people in the Middle East need humanitarian aid
# Charity
# Charity

28 million people in the Middle East need humanitarian aid

Aug 19th 2014, 7:30 AM 3,371 Views 16 Comments

Today is World Humanitarian Day and Oxfam Ireland are calling for help.

Gaza truce extended by one day within minutes of deadline
# Gaza
# Gaza

Gaza truce extended by one day within minutes of deadline

Aug 19th 2014, 7:24 AM 3,357 Views 60 Comments

Five-day truce was extended very shortly before last night’s ceasefire deadline to allow further talks aimed at ending the violence.

Israel destroys West Bank homes of three Palestinians suspected of murdering teenagers
# Tensions
# Tensions

Israel destroys West Bank homes of three Palestinians suspected of murdering teenagers

Aug 18th 2014, 4:43 PM 6,882 Views 111 Comments

The abduction and killing of the three men partly led to the deadly upsurge in violence last month.

Five more days of peace: Israel and Hamas agree to extend ceasefire
# Peace Talks
# Peace Talks

Five more days of peace: Israel and Hamas agree to extend ceasefire

Aug 13th 2014, 9:42 PM 6,777 Views 59 Comments

The previous 72-hour cessation ended at 9pm.