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(...)

Egyptians protest what they characterise as Government inaction in reaction to the kidnapping of Copts in Libya on Friday. Photograph: Ahmed Masri/Almasri Alyoum/EPA

Egyptian jets bombed Islamic State targets in Libya on Monday, a day after the group there released a video showing the beheading of 21 Egyptian Chri(...)

Niall O’Brien believes Ireland have a chance of an upset in the opening World Cup Pool B game against the West Indies in Nelson, New Zealand. Photograph:   Liam McBurney/PA

Two countries, four weeks, six games and over 10,000 kilometres of travel await Ireland as they prepare to get their third 50-overs World Cup under(...)

HSBC’s Expat Explorer league table  placed Bahrain in fifth position  in terms of attractiveness for expats out of 34 countries, followed by Oman (6), Qatar (10) and the UAE (13).

There are six Gulf Co-operation Council states: Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE), and Irish expats hea(...)

Rent for expat accommodation in the United Arab Emirates is similar to Dublin.

Given the expense of life in the Gulf States, you can expect to pay significant sums for rent. Andrea Linehan, who lived in Oman for ten years, say(...)