Imam Ibrahim Noonan at the entrance to the Maryam Mosque on the Old Monivea Road, Ballybrit, Galway. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

When Imam Ibrahim Noonan began celebrating the Qu’ran in a housing estate in Galway, his hope was that the temporary mosque in Wellpark would be repla(...)

Royal Malay Regiment army personnel in Kuala Lumpur  carry a coffin to a waiting Royal Malaysia Airforce aircraft so it can be flown to the home town of the  victim of the MH17 plane disaster. A flight arrived from Amsterdam this morning carrying the remains of 20 Malaysians who were aboard the flight which was downed over Ukraine last month. Photograph: Azhar Rahim/EPA.

The bodies of 20 Malaysians killed when a jet was shot down over Ukraine in July have arrived in Kuala Lumpur. It was the first repatriation of victim(...)

Thailand’s newly appointed prime minister Prayuth Chan-ocha reviews honour guards during a visit at the 2nd Infantry Battalion, 21st Infantry Regiment, Queen’s Guard in Chonburi province, on the outskirts of Bangkok today. Photograph: Chaiwat Subprasom/Reuters.

The army general who led the overthrow of Thailand’s elected government in May was named prime minister today by the legislature, sealing the military(...)

 Ulpotha,  in Sri Lanka, which offers yoga and Ayurvedic retreats

I want to go away for about three weeks from December 27th, travelling on my own. I’m a yoga enthusiast and would like to go somewhere warm and tropic(...)

The day is coming, sooner rather than later, when the Chinese yuan currency becomes a true global trading currency, a new survey by HSBC Commercial Ba(...)

A general view of the stadium during fireworks in the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Final match between Germany and Argentina Photograph: Getty Images

The World Cup may be just over but the focus is already turning to Qatar 2022. The plight of workers preparing for the World Cup in Qatar is set to fe(...)

DAN CROLL It’s time for Dan Croll’s fantasy festival. Where would you hold it? Somewhere with the natural landscape for it, maybe the Minack Th(...)

Relatives of passengers aboard Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 react at Kuala Lumpur International Airport. A total of 44 of the 298 killed in the crash, including the aircraft’s 15 crew members, were Malaysian. Photograph: AP Photo

Malaysia was struggling to come to terms yesterday with its second disastrous air crash in five months as authorities in the southeast Asian country (...)

 Widi Yuliono  shows photographs of his relativesJohn Paulisen (Top-L), Yuli Hastini (Top-R), Arjuna Martin Paulisen (L) and Sri Paulisen (R) who are victims of the Malaysian Airline flight MH 17 plane disaster in eastern Ukraine, at his home  in Solo, Central Java, Indonesia. Photograph: Mohammad Ali/EPA

The Malaysia Airlines plane that was shot down over eastern Ukraine was carrying 298 people from at least 10 countries.Here is a breakdown of the nati(...)

German and Brazilian fans pose  with a replica of the World Cup trophy at the Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro. Photograph:  Kai Pfaffenbach/Reuters

The World Cup has been a fantastic competition, full of drama and excitement, but it has given casino operators in the world’s biggest gambling hub, M(...)