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(...)

Indian prime minister Narendra Modi at the start of a crucial parliament budget session. Mr Modi is due to present his first federal budget amid growing disenchantment with his government. Photograph: Prakash Singh/AFP/Getty Images

India’s prime minister Narendra Modi faces his first major appraisal this weekend when his Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government p(...)

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(...)

Children drink water on a street in Sanaa, Yemen, on Saturday. As combat intensified between the Houthi rebels controlling the capital and al-Qaeda fighters, the UN Security Council  urged the Houthis to quit government institutions. Photograph: Tyler Hicks/The New York Times

Forces loyal to Yemen’s president said they had seized strategic buildings in the southern city of Aden on Monday after a five-hour battle, escalating(...)

 The Alila Jabal Akhdar hotel, perched on the edge of a gorge in Oman
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  • February 15, 2015, 06:00

To anyone used to swimming in Brittas Bay, or even the Mediterranean, the sea at Muscat will come as a shock. It isn’t cold, it isn’t warm, it’s ho(...)

Bilal El Makhoukhi (L) and Michael Delefortrie (R), who are suspected of being part of Sharia4Belgium, arrive for the verdict in the trial of the group in Antwerp. Photograph: Francois Lenoir/Reuters

A Belgian court jailed the head of Sharia4Belgium for 12 years on Wednesday, ruling that his Islamist group was a terrorist organisation that brainwas(...)

Saleh Ali al-Sammad: “Ansar Allah does not want anything more than partnership, not control. This was not a coup.” Photograph: Tyler Hicks/The New York Times

In his first interview since the Yemeni government collapsed, the leader of the Houthi militants in control of Sanaa, the capital, depicted his moveme(...)

Men celebrate the Houthi’s intention to dissolve Yemen’s parliament. Photograph: Tyler Hicks/The New York Times

The Houthi rebels who forced Yemen’s president and cabinet to step down last month have announced that they intended to dissolve parliament and take (...)

‘He’s alone on the stage – always his preferred setting. As an isolato, he can say what he thinks and define himself on his own terms. He can ascend to the mountaintop and ignore us when we pester him to come down.’ Photograph: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters

The talk up in Boston is all about deflation while the talk down here is all about inflation. Our sleek, techie president, whose battery dies f(...)

Followers of the Houthi movement demonstrate to show support to the movement in Sanaa. Photograph: Khaled Abdullah/Reuters

Thousands of Yemenis have taken to the streets in the biggest demonstration yet against the Houthi group that dominates Yemen. The protest comes two d(...)