Setayesh Ghoreishi (6), whose death provoked a social media storm

Setayesh Ghoreishi was just six when she died. The Afghan girl was allegedly raped and killed by a 17-year-old, who then destroyed her body with acid.(...)

Protesters in Baghdad’s parliament building after breaching the heavily fortified Green Zone:  they demand electricity, water and an end to corruption and the ethno-sectarian regime imposed on Iraq in 2003. Photograph:  Ahmed Saad/Reuters

The protests in Baghdad pose a major challenge to the government led by prime minister Haidar al-Abadi. The demonstrators include not only followers o(...)

President Barack Obama walks down the steps of Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base after returning from a foreign trip to Saudi Arabia, England and Germany. Photograph: AP/Susan Walsh

Barack Obama is in the final months of his presidency and keen to justify his domestic and international achievements before he leaves office. His fin(...)

Followers of Iraqi Shia   cleric, politician and militia leader, Moqtada al-Sadr,  protesting  outside Baghdad’s heavily fortified Green Zone last week. Photograph: Ahmed Saad/Reuters

With tens of thousands of protesters marching in the streets of Baghdad to demand changes in government, Iraq’s Shia prime minister, Haider al-Abadi, (...)

Bord Bia chief executive Aidan Cotter: “The lifting of international sanctions on Iran opens the way for Irish food exporters to explore trading opportunities in the second largest economy in the Middle East.”

Ireland’s two main banks still refuse to facilitate financial transactions with Iran – the Middle East’s second largest economy – despite the lifting(...)

US president Barack Obama  stands next to Saudi Arabia’s King Salman during the summit of the Gulf Co-operation Council  in Riyadh on Thursday. Photograph: Faisal Al Nasser/Reuters

The United States will deter and confront aggression against Gulf Arab monarchies, which continue to have concerns about threats from Iran, President (...)

A worker at Al-Sheiba oil refinery in the southern Iraq city of Basra. Photograph:  Essam Al-Sudani/Reuters

Oil prices remained slightly weaker after a meeting of major exporters ended without a deal to freeze production, but a major sell-off failed to mater(...)

An image of Joshua Molloy from his Facebook page

“A nice young chap” is how postmistress Mary Brennan describes Joshua Molloy, the 24-year-old from Ballylinan, Co Laois, who is currently detained in (...)

Saudi Arabia’s minister of oil and mineral resources Ali al-Naimi (centre) arrives for the Opec meeting in the Qatari capital Doha. Photograph: Karim Jaafar/AFP/Getty Images

A deal to freeze oil output by Opec and non-Opec producers fell apart yesterday after Saudi Arabia demanded that Iran join in despite calls on Riyadh(...)

Israeli soldiers pray close to the border between Israel and Syria on the Golan Heights. File photograph: Baz Ratner/Reuters

Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu declared on Sunday that Israel would never relinquish the Golan Heights, in a signal to Russia and the Unite(...)