A worker at Al-Sheiba oil refinery in the southern Iraq city of Basra. Photograph:  Essam Al-Sudani/Reuters

Oil prices remained slightly weaker after a meeting of major exporters ended without a deal to freeze production, but a major sell-off failed to mater(...)

Zaha Hadid: October 31st, 1950-March 31st, 2016. Above, at the Riverside Museum in Glasgow, her first major public commission in the Britain. Photograph: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

Zaha Hadid, the Iraqi-British architect whose soaring structures left a mark on skylines and imaginations around the world, and in the process reshape(...)

Qantas chief executive Alan Joyce: in Dublin to be honoured for his contribution to the global aviation industry. Photograph: Lisa Maree Williams/Getty Images

Alan Joyce, the Irish chief executive of Australian airline Qantas, has passed the toughest test of his career with flying colours. The company has ju(...)

A view of the construction work at the Khalifa International Stadium in Doha, Qatar – workers have suffered human rights abuses two years after the tournament’s organisers drafted worker welfare standards in the wake of criticism, Amnesty International said. Photograph: Naseem Zeitoon/Reuters

Despite five years of growing criticism, Fifa and the Qatari authorities have been accused of ongoing indifference towards systemic abuse and “appalli(...)

Roisin Traynor works as a guidance counsellor at a school in Kuwait.

At the age of 22, I began my career as a guidance counsellor in a secondary school in Ireland. I had an amazing first year in this sector, but I want(...)

A record-breaking season for Middle East GAA has continued with a fantastic turn-out for the last round of League games at the Dubai GAA Festival. 9(...)

 Russian president Vladimir Putin  with his Syrian counterpart Bashar al-Assad. Photograph: Sergei Chirikov/AFP/Getty Images

When Vladimir Putin went to the rescue of the embattled Syrian president Bashar al-Assad and ordered Russian air strikes on Syria last autumn, defenc(...)

John Ruggie: ‘It’s not only changing the laws but changing the practices. It’s about know and show’

The Harvard professor overseeing a review of Fifa’s human rights policies has claimed that if the embattled governing body is serious about reform it (...)

Iraqi pro-government forces drive their armoured vehicles in the Jwaibah area, on the eastern outskirts of Ramadi, on February 8th after they retook the region from Islamic State  group jihadists. Photograph: Al-Dulaimi/AFP/Getty Images

Major powers trying to forge a Syrian peace plan have made almost no progress in overcoming one of the main obstacles to ending the war: deciding who (...)

Men have lunch at a restaurant in the Al Faisaliah Tower in Riyadh. Saudi Arabia has survived oil shocks before, but now 70 per cent of its citizens are under 30 and they face a harder future than their parents. Photograph: Tomas Munita/The New York Times

In pressed white robes and clutching crisp résumés, young Saudi men packed a massive hall at a university in the capital city this month to wait in lo(...)