Shia Muslim rebels hold up their weapons during a rally against air strikes in Sanaa, Yemen, on Thursday. Oil prices jumped around the world after Saudi Arabia and its allies carried out the strikes. Photograph: Khaled Abdullah/Reuters

Stock markets around the world were knocked lower and oil prices jumped after Saudi Arabia and its allies carried out air strikes in Yemen. The attac(...)

Inga Beale, chief executive officer of Lloyds of London, right, speaks during a Bloomberg Television interview. Photograph: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

The Lloyd’s of London insurance market posted unchanged profits for 2014 and a lower return on capital, pressured by increasing competition.Ninety-fo(...)

‘None of these criticisms is likely to dent Blair’s belief in his own righteousness. He is doubtless buoyed by regular, gushes of praise for his involvement in the making of the Belfast Agreement.’ Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Tony Blair is set to step down as Middle East “peace envoy” for the Quartet – the United Nations, the European Union, Russia and the United States. He(...)

 Younger people see eggs as a healthy food because of the protein content, according to Bord Bia. Photograph: The Irish Times

Egg producers are keeping the sunny side up by more than doubling the value of their exports since 2011, according to the latest figures from the Cent(...)

Baby love: Sharon Hutchinson meets her granddaughter Ella for the first time, at Perth Airport

How do you greet your first grandchild, who has just been born 15,000km away, by Skype? I saw her, less than an hour old, in the arms of her father, S(...)

 Kingspan chief executive Gene Murtagh: “I would say that we are done with large-scale acquisitions for the time being. There is a lot of integration involved in those two transactions, that will be our priority.”     Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Insulation manufacturer Kingspan will pull back from the acquisitions trail this year while it focuses on completing two recent deals worth more than(...)

Ireland players (l to r) George Dockrell, Niall O’Brien, Ed Joyce, William Porterfield and Paul Stirling have a look at the square at The Gabba during their training session on Monday ahead of tomorrow’s World Cup game against the United Arab Emirates. Photograph: Barry Chambers/Inpho

From the seaside idyll of Nelson to the subtropical expanse of Brisbane, from temporary stands to the multi-coloured seats in the giant concrete bowl(...)

 Emirates, the last bastion of glamorous travel, make sure their cabin crew exude head-turning glamour in their signature pillbox hats with white veils.

Conrad Hilton III, great-grandson of the Hilton hotel magnate, has joined Gerard Depardieu in chipping away at what glamour there is left to air trave(...)

HSBC’s Expat Explorer league table  placed Bahrain in fifth position  in terms of attractiveness for expats out of 34 countries, followed by Oman (6), Qatar (10) and the UAE (13).

There are six Gulf Co-operation Council states: Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE), and Irish expats hea(...)

An important element of life in the Islamic Gulf States is how women are treated, and this tends to vary depending on the strictness of the regime in each of the states.

If you’re moving to the Gulf, “culture is the one area where you will need an open mind and have to take time to adjust to”, warns Noel Scanlon, a (...)