The Alila Jabal Akhdar hotel, perched on the edge of a gorge in Oman
Winter escape to Oman
  • Travel
  • February 15, 2015, 06:00

To anyone used to swimming in Brittas Bay, or even the Mediterranean, the sea at Muscat will come as a shock. It isn’t cold, it isn’t warm, it’s ho(...)

US president Barack Obama: “I am convinced that the United States should not get dragged back into another prolonged ground war in the Middle East,” he said. Photograph: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters

President Barack Obama has asked the US Congress to approve military force against Islamic State (IS) extremists, limiting action to three years and (...)

Star Alliance Rooftop Lounge, Los Angeles International

The Wing at Hong Kong International Cathay Pacific bills its first-class lounge, The Wing, as the world’s most exclusive balcony. With g(...)

Mahmoud Bazzi (centre), a Lebanese national suspected of kidnapping, torturing and killing two Irish United Nations peacekeepers  in 1980, has been deported from the US over immigration offences. Photograph: US Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

A Lebanese man suspected of kidnapping, torturing and killing two Irish United Nations peacekeepers in war-torn Lebanon in 1980 has been deported from(...)

Syrian rebels aim during a weapons training exercise outside Idlib, Syria.

Gardaí and the Government do not have enough ties with the Islamic community to sufficiently monitor radicalised Muslims returning to Ireland after fi(...)

Simon Coveney’s suggestion that the US market could take up to 20,000 tonnes of Irish beef in 2015, worth up to €100 million, and “go way beyond that”, is considered by many as too optimistic

Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney has overstated the importance of Ireland’s re-entry into the US beef market, according to senior industry sourc(...)

Patrick Coveney chief executive of Greencore: ‘We’re operating in an industry where retail prices for products are falling and we have to be very competitive on all the components that go into our costs.’ Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/Irish Times

Greencore likes to tout itself as one of the great Irish success stories. Forged from the ashes of the loss-making Irish Sugar company, it has risen t(...)

 Eamon Bradley: will spend Christmas in custody. Photograph: Trevor McBride

Suicide bomb training is provided at camps like the one allegedly attended by a man from Derry, the Belfast High Court has heard. Prosecutors said an (...)

Against the backdrop of Edward Snowden’s revelations of the UK’s GCHQ mass data-harvesting from cables linking Ireland to Britain and North America, t(...)

 The college’s programme in Bahrain has been accredited for five years by the Irish Medical Board. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

The Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland programme in Bahrain has been accredited by the Irish Medical Council for a period of five years following (...)