A member of a local electoral commission empties a ballot box after a parliamentary election at a polling station in the Tajik capital Dushanbe. Photograph: Nozim Kalandarov/Reuters

An outspoken critic of veteran Tajik leader Imomali Rakhmon has been shot dead by an unknown assailant on a street in Istanbul, Turkish media reported(...)

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(...)

 BT Young Scientist & Technology exhibition:   This week, 30 students who competed in this year’s event underwent a four-day mentoring and skills bootcamp at UCD to help them turn their ideas into viable business propositions.   Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Participating in the BT Young Scientist & Technology exhibition is itself an achievement, but for some youngsters it’s just the beginning. This w(...)

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(...)

A tank of pro-Russian separatists on the road from Donetsk to Novoazovsk, Mariupol district, in Ukraine  on Tuesday. A ceasefire deal for the country is in limbo after international talks only highlighted disagreement over the plan. Photograph: Andrey Borodulin/AFP/Getty Images

A ceasefire deal for Ukraine is in limbo after international talks only highlighted disagreement over the plan, and Washington accused Moscow of lyin(...)

Ireland players (l to r) George Dockrell, Niall O’Brien, Ed Joyce, William Porterfield and Paul Stirling have a look at the square at The Gabba during their training session on Monday ahead of tomorrow’s World Cup game against the United Arab Emirates. Photograph: Barry Chambers/Inpho

From the seaside idyll of Nelson to the subtropical expanse of Brisbane, from temporary stands to the multi-coloured seats in the giant concrete bowl(...)

Brian Cummins, pictured with his wife Caoimhe and son Daithi: ‘That Irish parochial sense of community is evident in Abu Dhabi through the hard working Irish Society, a successful GAA club, a soccer team, golf society and a drama group.’

Brian Cummins and his wife Caoimhe have lived in Abu Dhabi since 2009, joined by their son Daithi five months ago. He runs AbuDhabiPaddy.com, an in(...)

An MQ-1 Predator drone: the lifting of sales restriction is likely to lead to a flood of request for purchases. Photograph: Lt Col Leslie Pratt

The United States government has agreed to sell to more allies armed unmanned aircraft or drones, controversially used in the wars in Iraq and Afghan(...)

Brid Tierney: ‘Word has spread throughout Ireland that the UAE is willing to offer gainful employment to those who are skilled, educated, and willing to work hard.’ Photograph: Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority

Brid Tierney, a primary school teacher from Co Tipperary, moved to Abu Dhabi in 2004 for a short-term work opportunity. A decade later, she and her(...)

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(...)