Taoiseach Enda Kenny said the Yes victory in Mayo was “a palpable movement of people who wanted to be involved in the voting process”. Photograph: Getty Images

(...) down the middle.Turnout was 61.5 per cent which was well ahead of the last referendum on Children(...)

Iraqi families, who fled the city of Ramadi after it was seized by Islamic State , gather during a sand storm at a camp. Photograph: Getty Images

(...) the east. A pro-government Sunni tribal leader in the area said on Friday that Islamic State forces(...)

Syrian soldiers guard the Temple of Bel in Palmyra before its capture this week. Photograph: Sergey Ponomarev/New York Times

(...) underlying Shia-Sunni conflict that is being superimposed on conflicts across the Middle East. This is the(...)

Iraqi families, who fled the city of Ramadi after it was seized by Islamic State, waiting to cross Bzeibez bridge on the southwestern frontier of Baghdad on Friday.  Photograph: Ahmad al-rubaye/AFP/Getty Images

The Islamic State (IS) seized Syria’s last border crossing with Iraq yesterday, after big advances in both countries that have cast doubt on the effe(...)

Protest: Moroccans demonstrate against Islamist premier Abdelilah Benkirane, who urged women to stay at home and look after their families. Photograph: Fadel Senna/AFP/Getty

Middle East. The issues are complex and Eltahawy in her admirable activism and work on behalf of many(...)

Polling stations are set to close after the referendums and byelection in Ireland on May 22nd, 2015. Photograph: Aidan Crawley 2:11

(...) figure could reach over 70 per cent.Kevin Humphreys, Labour TD for Dublin South East and Minister of(...)

Saudi men examine debris following a blast inside a Shia mosque in the Saudi Gulf coastal town of Qatif on Friday. Photograph: AFP Photo

(...) celebration in al-Ahsa, also in the east where most of the group live in predominantly Sunni Muslim Saudi(...)

A Palestinian youth practices his parkour jumping skills in Gaza City in houses destroyed during the 50-day war last summer. Photograph: Reuters/Mohammed Salem

A new World Bank report has warned that the Gaza Strip’s economy is on the “verge of collapse”, saying the unemployment rate there is now the highest (...)

Islamic State militants who have taken over Palmyra have  imposed a curfew from 5pm until sunrise and banned people from leaving town until Saturday morning to ensure no government-linked figures they are seeking manage to escape, activists and officials said. File photograph: Christophe Charon/AFP/Getty Images

(...) after seizing Palmyra, which is home to one of the Middle East’s most famous archaeological sites(...)

Yemeni boys watch black smoke rising following airstrikes carried out by the Saudi-led alliance targeting a Houthi-controlled military base in Sana’a, Yemen. Photograph: Yahya Arhab/EPA

Saudi-led warplanes extended air strikes on Iranian-backed Houthi militia in the Yemeni capital Sanaa on Friday, residents in the area said.They told(...)