Followers of Iraq’s Shia cleric Moqtada al-Sadr hold a sit-in in the Grand Festivities Square in Baghdad. Photograph:  Reuters

Hundreds of supporters of a powerful Shia Muslim cleric camped outside parliament in Baghdad overnight a day after thousands stormed the Green Zone an(...)

Followers of Iraqi Shia   cleric, politician and militia leader, Moqtada al-Sadr,  protesting  outside Baghdad’s heavily fortified Green Zone last week. Photograph: Ahmed Saad/Reuters

With tens of thousands of protesters marching in the streets of Baghdad to demand changes in government, Iraq’s Shia prime minister, Haider al-Abadi, (...)

Masked Palestinian Hamas militants watch the televised speech of US President Barack Obama in Rafah, southern Gaza Strip in 2009. AP Photo/Eyad Baba

The horrendous last five years in the Middle East started with joy at the fall of dictators in Tunis and Cairo. Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali’s flight to (...)

The heads of state and government who have used offshore companies in the Mossack Fonseca data leak. Photograph: ICIJ

Mauricio Macri: president of Argentina (2015-present); mayor of Buenos Aires (2007-2015) Argentine President Mauricio Macri appeared headed for a b(...)

Mount Rushmore: Abraham Lincoln may pass muster, but Thomas Jefferson (slave owner), George Washington (slave owner) and Theodore Roosevelt (white supremacist and imperialist) do not. Photograph: Scott Olson/Getty

Who’d have thought that the most provocative visual art of our time would be old statues of old white guys? From Cape Town to New Orleans, from Oxford(...)

Sarah Palin and Donald Trump: “When Palin turned out to be utterly unqualified and unintelligible, spouting her own special Yoda-like language, it did not reflect poorly on women as a whole – only on her and John McCain.” Photograph: Cassi Alexandra/Bloomberg

It’s a tough call to figure out which place is more benighted: Hollywood or Saudi Arabia. Saudi Arabia was pulling ahead with all its beheadings and i(...)

An Armenian Orthodox woman prays at the Syrian Saint Sarkis Church during Christmas celebrations on January 6, 2016 in Damascus. AFP PHOTO / LOUAI BESHARA

Genocide is a specific legal term. If something is classified as genocide, it imposes a responsibility to act on both individual states and the intern(...)

St Elijah’s Monastery, one of the earliest Christian settlements, and the oldest in Iraq, near Mosul, in 2009. Isis has damaged or destroyed scores of historic sites and monuments as part of a campaign to eradicate remnants of cultures it considers anathema to its extremist vision of Islam. Photograph: Eros Hoagland/New York Times

Islamic State destroyed one of the oldest Christian sites in Iraq as part of its campaign against ancient sites in the country, according to satellite(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny outside Leinster House yesterday with (from left) Senator Catherine Noone and Ministers Paschal Donohoe,  Frances Fitzgerald and Simon Harris. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The Government’s claim that it has delivered, or has made significant progress, on 93 per cent of its promises is not borne out by the record. Taoisea(...)

Canon Andrew White, the “Vicar of Baghdad” at  the Conrad Hotel, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

He is known as “the Vicar of Baghdad”. He used to work with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in the UK and has survived “lots”of attempts on his own l(...)