Members of the Kurdish security forces who took part in the offensive to regain control of Iraq’s Sinjar mountain on Thursday. Photograph: Ari Jalal/Reuters

Kurdish forces, backed by a surge of US airstrikes in recent days, recaptured a large swath of territory from Islamic State militants on Thursday, (...)

A fruit vendor  at a Cairo market. Government interventions aim to improve life for Egyptians. Photograph: Mahmoud Khaled/AFP/Getty Images

The Egyptian economy has begun to show signs of recovery from the turmoil that followed the 2011 ousting of then president Hosni Mubarak during the Ar(...)

Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries forecast demand for the group’s oil will drop to 28.92 million barrels per day (bpd) in 2015, down 280,000 bpd

Global demand for Opec crude in 2015 will be less than expected and far below its current output, the group said on Wednesday, pointing to a hefty sup(...)

 A Syrian refugee man walks after crossing the border to Turkey during fighting between Islamic State militants and Kurdish YPG fighters near Kobane, Syria, at Suruc district in Turkey today. Photograph: EPA

Egypt, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Kuwait are discussing the creation of a military pact to take on Islamic militants, with the possibi(...)

An explosion rocks Kobani city centre yesterday during a reported suicide car bomb attack by Islamic State militants group. Photograph: Getty

US secretary of state John Kerry justified the first air drop of weapons to Kurdish forces fighting Islamic State (IS) militants in Kobani, Syria, (...)

Still image taken from black and white video from a plane camera shows smoke rising after an air strike near Kobani yesterday. Photograph: Reuters 0:28

The al Qaeda-linked Al-Nusra Front has denounced US-led air strikes on Syria, saying they amounted to a war against Islam and vowing to retaliate a(...)

Photograph: Alan Betson

To visit the full generations page click here Una Hughes lives in Balbriggan, Co Dublin I grew up in Blackrock, outside Dundalk, in Co Lout(...)

Displaced people from the minority Yazidi sect, who fled the violence in the Iraqi town of Sinjar, walk in Bajed Kadal refugee camp south west of Dohuk province. Photograph: Youssef Boudlal/Reuters

Tribal leaders and clerics from Iraq’s Sunni heartland have offered their conditional backing for a new government that hopes to contain sectarian blo(...)

Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, whose group has been helping Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad fight a Sunni Islamist-dominated insurgency, said Islamic State could easily recruit in other areas where its hardline ideology exists. Photograph: Jamal Saidi/Reuters

The leader of Lebanese Shia group Hizbullah described the radical Islamist movement that has seized territory in Iraq and Syria as a growing “monster”(...)

“The data that came in was in 2008 before your collapse. Ireland does well because you were doing well economically.”

A co-author of a 2010 report that ranked Ireland highest on an index of countries most faithful to Islamic economic teachings says the country is lik(...)