President Ismael Omar Guelleh (68) has been president of Djibouti since 1999 when he took over from his uncle, the state’s first leader after it obtained independence in the 1970s. File photograph: BBC

The President of the African state of Djibouti, Ismael Omar Guelleh, has brought High Court proceedings against Facebook Ireland over what he claims a(...)

US marines arrive at the Gulf of Tadjoura beach in Djibouti, during a military drill. Photograph: Simon Maina/AFP/Getty

Djibouti is the only place where the navies of the world’s great military and economic rivals, the US and China, are moored alongside each other. Si(...)

“Mainport Cedar”: The vessel, registered in the Marshall Islands, was built in Malaysia in 2013 for the Cork-based shipping company Mainport as a seismic support, tug and supply vessel.

An Irish-owned ship which was detained by Arab coalition forces on suspicion of arms smuggling in the Gulf of Aden has been released. The 54m MV Ma(...)

“Mainport Cedar”: The vessel, registered in the Marshall Islands, was built in Malaysia in 2013 for the Cork-based shipping company Mainport as a seismic support, tug and supply vessel.

An Irish-owned ship which was carrying humanitarian supplies to Yemen has been detained by Arab coalition forces on suspicion of arms smuggling. The (...)

Flight D3159 was taking off from Mogadishu on Tuesday when the explosion occurred. Photograph: Google Maps

Two passengers were injured in an explosion that blew a hole in the fuselage of a commercial plane taking off from Mogadishu on Tuesday, an airline re(...)

Jazmen Boone: “I’d heard Irish people were super-nice and they actually are. Every house we enter they offer us a cup of tea.” Photograph: Patrick Browne

Jazmen Boone: arrived from the US, 2015 Jazmen Boone (23) always imagined she would follow in her parents’ footsteps and join the military when she(...)

Iranian protesters confront police outside the Saudi embassy in Tehran during a demonstration against the execution of Shia cleric Nimr al-Nimr by Saudi authorities. Photograph: AFP Photo

The latest political crisis between Tehran and Riyadh has prompted a backlash against hardliners in Iran. Ordinary Iranians are often sceptical of t(...)

 Pro-Houthi tribesmen at  a gathering in Sana’a, Yemen, on Tuesday to protest at Saudi-led military operations in the country. Photograph: EPA/Yahya Arhab

A ceasefire went into effect in Yemen yesterday as United Nations-sponsored peace talks opened in Switzerland in a new push to end months of fighting (...)

Oil prices remain steady today as Saudi-led coalition warplanes continued bombing Yemen. Photographer: Bloomberg

Oil prices held steady on Thursday as renewed fighting in Yemen countered worries over rising US crude inventories due to still-robust shale productio(...)

People load an aircraft with emergency aid from the International Committee of the Red Cross at Liege airport in Belgium prior to its departure to Yemen. Photograph: Sophie Kip/AFP/Getty Images.

The first two planeloads of medical aid for Yemen landed in Sana’a on Friday after weeks of conflict which have displaced 100,000 people and create(...)