CORRECT ‘Politician has a Twitter event’: we learned last month that Gerry Adams is fond of trampolining naked. Photograph: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

Old Moore has spoken, and February is over. So how did he do in the predictions for Old Moore’s Almanac for the second month of the year?  (...)

US secretary of state John Kerry at a news conference with Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister Prince Saud al-Faisal in Riyadh on Thursday. Mr Kerry met Gulf Arab foreign ministers  to brief them on progress in the nuclear talks with Iran. Photograph: Evan Vucci/Reuters

US secretary of state John Kerry told Gulf Arab states on Thursday that Washington was not seeking a “grand bargain” with Iran, and said a nuclear dea(...)

If Sepp Blatter and Fifa go through with the proposal to play the 2022 World Cup in  the winter, it could see UK TV revenue rise from £38 million to £50 million. Photograph: Adam Davy/PA Wire.

While the proposed move of the 2022 World Cup to the winter months to avoid Qatar’s boiling summer temperatures has provoked a range of gripes from th(...)

When it comes to travel within Muslim regions, Malaysia is the most preferred global destination. Turkey, the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Indonesia followed Malaysia in choice holiday destinations. Photograph: Getty Images

Ireland is considered to be one of the least friendly places for Muslims to visit, according to the Global Muslim Travel Index, which has just been pu(...)

Fifa Secretary General Jerome Valcke arrives for a meeting in Doha  with the Fifa taskforce, including officials from football’s global governing body, top leagues and players’ representatives, to discuss moving the 2022 World Cup in Qatar to winter due to scorching summer temperatures in the Gulf state. Photograph: Getty Images

There have been a few unexpected twists and turns in the whole saga of Qatar’s bid to stage the 2022 World Cup but, to be fair, the announcement th(...)

A Qatari official stands beside the Fifa World Cup trophy as part of trophy’s world tour. The Qatar 2022 World Cup looks set to be shortened by a matter of days and held in November-Decemebr.  Photograph: Karim Jaafar/Getty Images 0:44

A Fifa task force has recommended playing the 2022 World Cup in Qatar in November/December but Britain’s Fifa vice-president Jim Boyce will oppose any(...)

A rebel fighter from the Free Syrian Army’s Al Rahman legion covers his ears during the launching of a mortar at the frontline against forces loyal to Syria’s president Bashar al-Assad in the besieged town of Arbeen in the eastern Ghouta of Damascus. Photograph: Yousef Homs/Reuters.

United Nations war crimes investigators plan to publish names of suspects involved in Syria’s four-year war and push for new ways to bring them to ju(...)

The Irish population in the the United Arab Emirates now numbers around 7,000, mainly in the cities of Abu Dhabi and Dubai (pictured). Photograph: iStock

A decade ago, it would have been rare to hear about an Irish person moving to the Gulf States. But over the past few years, the Irish population in(...)

Dr Fatima Hamroush at the Institute of International and European Affairs. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Libya’s former health minister has called for the introduction of martial law in that country and the setting up of a coalition government. Speaking (...)

Former  president of Egypt Mohamed Mursi has been put on trial on charges of endangering national security by leaking state secrets and sensitive documents to Qatar. Photograph: Namir Galal/Almasry Alyoum/EPA

An Egyptian court has put ousted president Mohamed Mursi on trial on charges of endangering national security by leaking state secrets and sensitive d(...)