China’s president Xi Jinping: the bank is a key part of his  efforts to boost China’s influence, called “peripheral diplomacy”, and redress  China’s poor levels of representation on international bodies such as the World Bank and ADB.  Photograph: SeongJoon Cho/Bloomberg

Last week saw the official signing ceremony in Beijing of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, a China-led international financial institution th(...)

Coffins draped with Kuwaiti flags belonging to victims of the Kuwaiti Shia mosque  bombing,  which have been brought to  Najaf, Iraq, for burial. Photograph: jaber al-helo/AP/

A Saudi citizen has been identified by Kuwait as being the suicide bomber who detonated his explosives at a Shia mosque in Kuwait during noon prayers (...)

Medics and security forces gather inside Imam Sadiq mosque following a suicide bombing in al-Sawaber, Kuwait City. Photograph: Raed Qutena/EPA

Kuwait has arrested several people on suspicion of involvement in the bombing of a Shia Muslim mosque on Friday that killed 27 people, a security sour(...)

 Police investigators continue to work at the scene of a suspected Islamist attack, outside the Air Products factory in Saint-Quentin-Fallavier. Photograph: Maxime Jegat/EPA

French authorities are questioning a 35-year-old delivery man of North African origin suspected of a Islamist attack involving the beheading of his bo(...)

Syrian Kurds waiting behind barbed wired on the Syrian side of the border with Turkey after they fled the Syrian town of Kobane. Photograph: Bulent Kilic/AFP/Getty Images

Islamic State is a hydra-headed military cult that grows two poisonous heads for every one lopped off. Yesterday’s attacks in France, Tunisia, Kuwait (...)

Lorna Carty, from Co Meath, who was  killed in a terrorist attack at a resort in Tunisia.

In three separate attacks at least 66 people, including an Irish woman, were killed by Islamic extremists on three continents yesterday. The wo(...)

Lorna Carty,   nurse and mother of two, from Robinstown, Co Meath:  killed by gunman at Sousse beach resort

The Irish woman shot dead while sunbathing on the beach in the Tunisia terrorist attack worked as a nurse and had fought to save the lives of schoolch(...)

Kuwaiti men react at the site of a suicide bombing that targeted the Shia Al-Imam al-Sadeq mosque during Friday prayers on Friday in Kuwait City. Photograph: Yasser Al-Zayyatyasser/AFP/Getty Images

A suicide bomber killed 25 people when he blew himself up inside a packed Shia Muslim mosque in Kuwait city during Friday prayers, the interior minis(...)

 Sheikh Ahmad al-Fahad al-Sabah has served as minister of information and minister for oil in his native Kuwait and is a former chair of Opec. Photograph: Thananuwat Srirasant/Getty Images

In the lobby of the heavily fortified Hilton hotel where the International Olympic Committee met in Buenos Aires in 2013 to decide the host of the 202(...)

 King Salman of Saudi Arabia. His decision   not to attend President Barack Obama’s summit of US and Arab leaders is seen as  a signal of displeasure over US actions on Iran. Photograph: Reuters

The decision of King Salman of Saudi Arabia and other Gulf leaders not to attend President Barack Obama’s summit of US and Arab leaders outside Washin(...)