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(...)

US secretary of state John Kerry meets with Saudi Arabia’s King Salman in Riyadh last week. Photograph: Andrew Harnik/AFP/Getty Images

King Salman of Saudi Arabia has withdrawn from a carefully orchestrated summit with the US that president Barack Obama hoped would assuage Gulf anxiet(...)

French president Francois Hollande (left) and French foreign minister Laurent Fabius (right) pose with Saudi King Salman before a dinner at the Royal Palace in Riyadh. Photograph: Getty Images

France is in talks to agree billions of euros worth of contracts in Saudi Arabia that could be finalised “quickly”, ranging from the defence sector to(...)

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(...)

Paddy McKillen has been fighting for five years over the ownership of Claridge’s (above), The Berkeley and The Connaught hotels

Qatari investors allied to developer Paddy McKillen have bought out his rivals, the Barclay Brothers, for the ownership of three high-end London ho(...)

Irish trade mission to the Gulf States secures jobs and contracts. Photograph: Getty Images.

Enterprise Ireland has said its “five day, five city” trade mission to the Gulf States has resulted in the creation of 28 Irish-based jobs and €16 mil(...)

Women carry banners during a protest against Saudi-led air strikes on Yemen, in front of the offices of the United Nations headquarters in Beirut April 9th, 2015. Photograph: Aziz Taher/Reuters

Sunni Saudis and their partners contend the air offensive in Yemen is meant to halt Shia Iran’s drive to expand its regional influence by backing Yem(...)

Women sitting in a car flash the “V for Victory” sign as they celebrate on Valiasr street in northern Tehran  after the announcement of an agreement on Iran nuclear talks. Iran and global powers sealed a deal on plans to curb Tehran’s chances for getting a nuclear bomb, laying the ground for a new relationship between the Islamic republic and the West. Photo: Atta Kenreatta/AFP 1:49

Iran and world powers reached a framework agreement on Friday on curbing Iran’s nuclear programme for at least a decade, a step towards a final pact t(...)

Yemeni supporters of the Shia Houthi militia hold a portrait the movement’s leader, Abdul-Malik al-Huthi, yesterday.

Yemen’s president, Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi, left his refuge in Aden under Saudi protection yesterday and arrived in Saudi Arabia as Houthi rebels fou(...)

Róisín Mullan: “I think we have about 84 nationalities at the school. It’s one of the most international schools in Qatar, which I think is my favourite part of teaching here.”

The sound of screaming children is deafening. Hundreds of them run around desperately trying to grab our attention. “Why are you here?” “What are you (...)