An explosion rocks Kobani city centre yesterday during a reported suicide car bomb attack by Islamic State militants group. Photograph: Getty

US secretary of state John Kerry justified the first air drop of weapons to Kurdish forces fighting Islamic State (IS) militants in Kobani, Syria, (...)

A number of Irish and British construction and engineering professionals, who were working for Sepam but are currently unemployed, said they had job offers in Qatar which they could not take up because Sepam would not supply them with non-objection certificates. Photograph: PA

Irish and British workers employed by an Irish company in Qatar claim that their freedom to leave the Arab country is being restricted because of th(...)

The construction site of the Zenit Arena for the FIFA World Cup 2018 in St. Petersburg. Photograph: Valentin Yegorshin / EPA

The German judge overseeing Fifa’s investigation into the controversial bidding process for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups has insisted that the report(...)

A rebel fighter on the  the frontline against Syrian president Bashar al-Assad’s forces in Aleppo. Photograph: Hosam Katan/Reuters

The Syrian conflict is being driven and prolonged by a war economy, by profiteering and dirty deals between militias. “Moderate” rebels openly form ba(...)

Customers look at a model of a new residential compound, at a showroom in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province. Photograph: Reuters

Given the differing economic growth rates of recent years and the size of their populations, it was always a question of when, rather than if, China w(...)

 US Secretary of State John Kerry speaks in Cairo   after the International donors conference on financing the reconstruction of the Gaza Strip. Photograph:  EPA

US secretary of state John Kerry yesterday called for a renewed commitment to achieving Middle East peace, saying a lasting deal between Israel, the P(...)

The airline plans to use Boeing 787 Dreamliners on its new route from Addis Ababa to Los Angeles via Dublin. Photograph: Jenny Vaughan/AFP/Getty Images

Ethiopian Airlines plans to operate Dublin to Los Angeles and Addis Ababa services from next summer after agreeing a deal with the Government allowin(...)

Ger Lyons: fourth in the trainer’s table in Ireland with 45 winners worth just shy of €1 million. Photograph: Inpho

Next week’s Middle Park Stakes can’t come quick enough for Ger Lyons as the Co Meath trainer reckons Capella Sansevero can put a Group One cherry on t(...)

Trinity College. Bernard Mallee, director of communications and marketing, is moving on

Trinity College’s director of communications and marketing, Bernard Mallee, is moving to the Middle East to work as an education consultant. He will p(...)

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 (...)