Aidan O’Brien: Ballydoyle handler will be well represented at the Group One extravaganza in France. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Aidan O’Brien has nominated Ruler Of The World and Chicquita as his two likely starters in Sunday’s €5 million Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe. It is (...)

Qatar’s  basketball team leaves the court after forfeiting their women’s basketball game against Mongolia. Photograph: Kim Kyung-Min/Sports Chosun/Reuters

Qatar pulled out of the women’s basketball competition at the Asian Games yesterday after refusing to abide by international regulations preventing(...)

Bombing Syria

For those who need to find a basis in international law for the strikes by the US and allies – Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Bahrain, Qatar and the UAE – agai(...)

Residents inspect a  site damaged in what activists say was a US strike in Kfredrian, Idlib province in Syria yesterday. Photograph: Abdalghne Karoof /Reuters

The Syrian rebel commander has been struggling for two years just to get ammunition for his men’s rifles and food to feed them, as they have sought to(...)

 A grab picture from Hezbollah’s al-Manar TV shows Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah giving a televised address.

Jordan, the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia yesterday confirmed their warplanes took part in US-led air raids on Islamic State (IS) targets in S(...)

British prime minister David Cameron is to meet the president of Iran in New York today to urge him to join the international effort to tackle Islamic State. Photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire.

British prime minister David Cameron is to meet the president of Iran today to urge him to join the international effort to tackle Islamic State.The m(...)

 Sepp Blatter, who claims FIFA have wonderful ethics, has confirmed he will stand for a fifth term as FIFA president next year. Photograph: Adam Davy/PA Wire.

Soccer’s governing body Fifa has an exemplary ethics set-up unmatched by any other sports organisation, its president Sepp Blatter said. “Since the re(...)

Kurdish Peshmerga troops fighting  against Islamic State militants  in Khazir, on the border between Kurdistan and Iraq yesterday. Photograph: Azad Lashkari/Reuters

US defence secretary Chuck Hagel announced yesterday that the US air campaign against radical Islamic State (IS) in Iraq would expand to Syria and wil(...)

According to  fishermen in Gaza, the extension was all media hype.

At dawn on a September morning, the sea off the coast of Gaza City is the most pleasant place in the stricken enclave. The air is cool, the Mediterran(...)

His speech on the Islamic State represents a critical moment for US president Barack Obama. Photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg.

In January, United States president Barack Obama dismissed the possibility of militant Islamic fighters in Iraq striking the US, saying their capacity(...)