President Barack Obama walks down the steps of Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base after returning from a foreign trip to Saudi Arabia, England and Germany. Photograph: AP/Susan Walsh

Barack Obama is in the final months of his presidency and keen to justify his domestic and international achievements before he leaves office. His fin(...)

Smoke pours from the  World Trade Center in New York after it was struck by two planes during  the September 11th attacks in 2001: 15 of the 19 people involved in the attacks were Saudi citizens. Photograph: David Surowiecki/Getty Images

Twenty-eight pages of the 2002 joint congressional inquiry into 9/11 lie in a guarded vault in the basement of the US Capitol building. Former presi(...)

US president Barack Obama  stands next to Saudi Arabia’s King Salman during the summit of the Gulf Co-operation Council  in Riyadh on Thursday. Photograph: Faisal Al Nasser/Reuters

The United States will deter and confront aggression against Gulf Arab monarchies, which continue to have concerns about threats from Iran, President (...)

Yemeni teenagers play soccer in front of a mosque on Socotra Island, Yemen. Concern about poor job prospects was observed in the survey across the Arab world, where one in four 15- to 24-year-olds are jobless – the highest youth unemployment on the planet, according to World Bank. Photograph: Marco Di Lauro/Getty Images

The vast majority of young Arabs are increasingly rejecting Islamic State and believe the extremist group will fail to establish a caliphate, a poll h(...)

Yemenis shop at a market on Sunday in the southern city of Aden, hours before a UN-brokered ceasefire in the war-torn country was due to begin. Photograph: Saleh al-Obeidi/AFP/Getty Images

Hours into a UN-brokered truce on Monday, Yemeni citizens reported heavy artillery fire, gun battles and air strikes in several parts of the country.(...)

Heavily-damaged buildings on a street in Yemen’s third city Taez as a result of clashes between Shiite Huthi rebels and fighters from the Popular Resistance Committees, loyal to Yemen’s fugitive president Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Suspected al Qaeda militants in southern Yemen seized and executed 17 soldiers loyal to President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi on Saturday, according to loc(...)

Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz meeting  Egyptian president Abdel Fattah al-Sisi  in the Egyptian capital Cairo. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

King Salman of Saudi Arabia has announced that a bridge connecting Egypt and Saudi Arabia would be built across the Red Sea. He made the announcement(...)

Loyalist forces stand guard on a main road in the Mansoura residential district of Yemen’s second city of Aden after they pushed Al-Qaeda out of parts of the  city. Photograph:  Saleh al-Obeidi/AFP/Getty Images

An Indian priest, Fr Tom Uzhunnalil, was reported to have been crucified by Islamic State in Yemen on Good Friday. The bishop for the area has said th(...)

The couple were sailing from Yemen to Oman on a trip around the world when gunmen seized their yacht. Evelyne Colombo told her rescuers that the assailants had dumped her husband Christian Colombo’s body in the sea after he was killed. File photograph: Google Street View

Seven Somali men accused of hijacking a French yacht in an assault in which its owner was killed and his wife abducted in the Arabian Sea four years a(...)

  Cpt Peter Kelleher from the 27th Infantry Battalion reading the Proclamation at the GPO, O’Connell Street, Dublin. Photograph: Maxwells Dublin

‘Poblacht na hÉireann”: The speaker of these words, standing in front of Dublin’s General Post Office and reading from a proclamation, the ink was bar(...)