King Salman meeting US president Barack Obama in Washington last September. File photograph: AP Photo/Evan Vucci

The atrocity in Paris on November 13th blew away some of the gloom which had settled on a number of major companies. In the first 30 minutes of trad(...)

Nabeel Rajab: ‘When I realised I would be targeted and could get killed, I transferred everything to my family, my wife.’ Photograph: Alan Betson

A Bahraini human rights activist who spent two years in prison for using Twitter to call for peaceful protests has urged Irish people to “fight for(...)

 Human Rights Watch has urged EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton to condemn convictions imposed in Saudi Arabia for posting messages on Facebook calling for anti-government protests. Photograph: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Saudi Arabia has sentenced seven activists from its restive eastern province to prison terms ranging from five to 10 years for posting messages on Fa(...)

‘Human rights are that the people that live in a country abide by the laws of that country’:  Bernie Ecclestone. Photograph: Clive Mason/Getty Images

The Crown Prince of Bahrain has brushed aside Bernie Ecclestone’s seemingly disparaging remark in which he has accused the country’s government of (...)

Protesters are seen on a street after setting fire to garbage containers during clashes with riot police in Budaiya, west of Manama today. Photograph: Hamad I Mohammed/Reuters

Bahrain police fired tear gas in clashes with rioting youths after thousands of opposition supporters rallied peacefully for democracy today, t(...)

Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone. Photograph:  Petar Kujundzic/Reuters

Formula One supremo Bernie Ecclestone has rejected a last-ditch plea for this weekend’s Bahrain Grand Prix to be cancelled. In the build (...)