Embroiled: President Obama ordered air strikes in Iraq this week; missiles were loaded on fighter jets aboard a US aircraft carrier in the Persian Gulf. Photograph: Hamad I Mohammed/Reuters

In October 2002, while still a state senator in Illinois, Barack Obama delivered a speech in which he opposed any US invasion of Iraq, declaring, “(...)

 Passengers of the Qatar Airways flight from Doha are interviewed after their plane had a military escort into Manchester Airport. Photograph:  Jan Kruger/Getty Images

A man arrested after a suspected bomb hoax on a UK-bound flight has been sectioned under the Mental Health Act, police said.The 47-year-old from the N(...)

John Sweeney, director of Health Care Informed, Galway. Photograph: Mike Shaughnessy

Health Care Informed was set up in 2005 and now employs 25 people. It is based in Headford, Co Galway, with offices in Dublin and Melbourne. What is (...)

Palestinian women gather near the rubble of a building after what police said was an Israeli air strike at Shati (Beach) refugee camp in Gaza City today. Palestinians accused Israel of breaking a seven-hour ceasefire by bombing a house in Gaza City. Photograph: Ruters

A brief Israeli truce to allow aid to reach Palestinians ended on Monday amid accusations of strikes by both sides, while Jerusalem was rocked by two (...)

Eddie Lynam, trainer of Anthem Alexander: “If the ground at the Curragh is good or quicker we will go there very hopeful. If it is the slow side of good we will go there with our fingers crossed.” Photo: Patrick Bolger/Inpho

Next Sunday’s Keeneland Phoenix Stakes at the Curragh is Europe’s first Group One of the season for two year olds and the €200,000 feature could see e(...)

A Palestinian flag flies over the destroyed home of Ismail Haniya, deputy chief of the Hamas movement, in Gaza City, on July 29th. A new coalition of Arab states has in effect lined up with Israel in its fight against Hamas, the Islamist movement that controls the Gaza Strip.Photograph: Sergey Ponomarev/The New York Times

Battling Palestinian militants in Gaza two years ago, Israel found itself pressed from all sides by unfriendly Arab neighbors to end the fighting. Not(...)

A Palestinian child who was injured in the Gazan conflict is prepared to be moved by ambulance from a hospital in north Sinai to Cairo after crossing the Gaza-Egypt border. About 100 wounded Palestinians have been allowed enter Egypt from Gaza for hospital treatment. Photograph: Muhamed Sabry/AP

Israel’s onslaught on Gaza finds Egypt between a rock and a hard place. The foreign ministry has condemned Israel’s “excessive” and “unjustified” use (...)

Migrant labourers work on a construction site last October in Doha in Qatar. Photograph: AFP

Migrant workers building the first stadium for Qatar’s 2022 World Cup have been earning as little as 55 cent an hour. The pay rate appears to be i(...)

A general view of the stadium during fireworks in the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Final match between Germany and Argentina Photograph: Getty Images

The World Cup may be just over but the focus is already turning to Qatar 2022. The plight of workers preparing for the World Cup in Qatar is set to fe(...)

Palestinians carry a man injured in a UN shelter in Gaza yesterday. Witnesses in the shelter said Israeli tanks fired four shells at the building. Photograph: Oliver Weiken/EPA 1:09

World leaders renewed calls for an immediate ceasefire in Gaza last night after an attack on a United Nations-run shelter killed at least 15 civilian(...)