Smoke billows from an oil storage tank in the Libyan port of Es Sider in Ras Lanuf. Photograph: Reuters

Oil traded above $60 a barrel amid concern about Libyan supply after government forces struck Islamist militias close to the nation’s largest termi(...)

  Italian Coast Guard operation to rescue 194 Syrian refugees in the Mediterranean    on  December 19th. Photograph: EPA/Italian Coast Guard

The number of foreign nationals making asylum claims after arriving in the Republic is on course to increase by almost 50 per cent by the end of the y(...)

Migrants on board an Italian Navy vessel on December 24th, 2014. Photograph: Italian Navy/EPA

Nearly 1,250 migrants have so far been rescued in the Mediterranean over the Christmas period and five bodies have been recovered, Italian officials s(...)

Tunisian president Mohamed Moncef Mouzouki casts his ballot paper before the media  at a polling station in Sousse, on Sunday as the country votes in a presidential run-off election. Photograph: EPA

Tunisians voted on Sunday in a presidential run-off election that completes the country’s transition to full democracy nearly four years after an upri(...)

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(...)

The Rendition Project and Reprieve have identified 27 aircraft used by the CIA in its rendition programme which they claim landed more than 200 times at Irish airports on global circuits that ferried al-Qaeda suspects around secret prisons or “black sites” between 2001 and 2006. File photograph:  PA Wire 1:08

The invoice states that the trip lasted four days in November 2012 and flew from Washington to Kabul in Afghanistan and back again stopping for fue(...)

Ousted Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi gestures during his trial on charges of spying and terrorism. Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood organisation has been desigated a terrorist group by Cairo. Photograph: Amr Abdallah Dalsh/Reuters

Egypt is beset by foreign terrorists on its borders, organised domestic terrorists in Sinai and lone wolf terrorists who plant homemade bombs at vulne(...)

The decline in oil prices should be helpful to the world economy, albeit with caveats. Photograph: Getty/iStockphoto

What does the decline in oil prices mean for the world economy? The answer depends on why it has happened and how long it might last. But overall it s(...)

An oilfield in Iraq. The oil market is analysed more than any other, and for good reason – it really is that important.  Photograph: Reuters

An oil price fall of 40 per cent constitutes an economic shock of major proportions. It will, if sustained, have profound implications for just about (...)