Saudi Arabian Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal said the pledge was a “commitment without boundaries. A commitment to all humankind.”. Photograph: Fayez Nureldine/AFP/Getty Images

Saudi Arabia’s Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal al-Saud has pledged to donate his entire $32 billion fortune to charity in the coming years – one of the big(...)

Ollie Brogan, managing director at ESB International: “As a nation, we’re good at understanding other peoples.”

As the ESB’s consulting arm, ESB International (ESBI) prepares to celebrate its 40th birthday with an event today at Dublin Castle, Ollie Brogan, its (...)

The Saudi project, which will be revealed at ESBI’s 40th anniversary event in Dublin Castle, is part of the “Northern Promise” investment programme that was championed by the late King Abdullah (above) to economically reinvigorate the undeveloped northern part of the world’s biggest oil producer.

ESB International (ESBI), the global consulting arm of the State energy incumbent, is gearing up for a period of significant growth following a series(...)

 King Salman of Saudi Arabia. His decision   not to attend President Barack Obama’s summit of US and Arab leaders is seen as  a signal of displeasure over US actions on Iran. Photograph: Reuters

The decision of King Salman of Saudi Arabia and other Gulf leaders not to attend President Barack Obama’s summit of US and Arab leaders outside Washin(...)

Jordan’s Queen Rania holds a picture of pilot Muath al-Kasasbeh who was executed by the Islamic State earlier this year. Photograph: Petra News Agency/Reuters

Jordan is a comfort zone in this war-wretched region, a land of relative stability that has survived the violent flowering of the Arab Spring although(...)

Saudi interior minister Prince Mohammed bin Nayef has been appointed crown prince. Prince Nayef is said to be the most powerful figure in the country. Photograph: Hamad I Mohammed/Reuters

Determined to leave his mark on Saudi Arabia’s monarchical regime, King Salman has reordered the succession, appointing his nephew as crown prince in(...)

A unit of the new highspeed train built by Spanish manufacturer Talgo is loaded onto a freighter in Barcelona’s port bound for Jeddah City in Saudi Arabia. The Medina-Mecca rail link is plagued by delays, political tensions and technical headaches. Photograph: Josep Lago/AFP/Getty Images

It was meant to be a pioneering feat of engineering and an international showcase for Spain’s mastery of high-speed rail infrastructure. But less than(...)

Kayla Mueller had a long record of volunteering abroad and was moved by the plight of civilians in Syria’s civil war. Photograph: Matt Hinshaw/The Daily Courier

Islamic State said yesterday that an American woman hostage it was holding in Syria had been killed when Jordanian fighter jets bombed a building wher(...)

 King of Jordan, Abdullah II (2nd right), talking to Safi al-Kassasbeh (2nd left), the father of the recently executed Jordanian pilot, in Aye Village, Karak on Thursday. Photograph: Jordanian Royal Palace/EPA.

Jordanian fighter jets pounded Islamic State hideouts in Syria on Thursday and then roared over the hometown of a pilot killed by the militants. (...)

The father of IS-murdered Jordanian pilot Muath al-Kaseasbeh is surrounded by family and security during a mourning ceremony at his family clan headquarters in Karak, Jordan. Photograph: Khalil Mazraawiafp/Getty

Amman yesterday vowed to escalate involvement in the US-led coalition against Islamic State (IS), which occupies large tracts of territory in Iraq an(...)