Vehicle light trails pass the Kingdom Tower on King Fahad Road in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. The country’s market regulator said it will open the Arab world’s biggest bourse to international investors by the middle of 2015. Photograph: Waseem Obaidi/Bloomberg

Saudi shares climbed the most in 10 months after the country’s market regulator said it would open the Arab world’s biggest bourse to international in(...)

A Free Syrian Army soldier mans an anti-aircraft weapon on the back of a truck in old Aleppo on Thursday. Photograph: Mahmoud Hebbo/Reuters

The Saudi-sponsored fundamentalist Islamic Front and Jabhat al-Nusra killed 15 civilians from Syria’s Alawite and Druze minorities in the central c(...)

ESB’s contract win  will give it a “strong platform” to develop its business in Oman, which is one of the energy supply and consultancy group’s strategic growth markets.

ESB International, the global engineering consultancy owned by ESB, has won a new €1.4 million contract to supply services to Oman’s Electricity Holdi(...)

Minister for Agriculture, Marine and Food	Simon Coveney will lead a trade mission to the Gulf in October to boost Irish food exports to those countries.  Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

The ban on the export of Irish beef and sheep meat to the Gulf region has been lifted in a move described as a “milestone decision” by Minister for Ag(...)

The military continued its offensive in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo, targeting the northern Sheikh Maqsud and the central Suleiman al-Halabi districts. Photograph: Reuters/George Ourfalian

Syrian insurgents have received fresh supplies of weapons that could halt recent advances made by government forces, according to Selim Idriss, head o(...)

Lebanese Army soldiers patrol the  the Sunni frontier village of Arsal, a bastion of the Syrian rebels, which was rocketed yesterday by Syrian aircraft in a tit-for-tat attack for Tuesday’s rebel missile strikes on the Shia town of Hermel, a Hizbullah stronghold. Photograph: Reuters/Ahmad Shalha

The Lebanese state has adopted a policy of “dissociation” from the Syrian crisis but the country’s citizens are associated with the warring sides by f(...)

Civilians and forces loyal to Syria’s president Bashar al-Assad celebrate in Qusayr after the forces took control of the town from rebel fighters. Photograph:  Rami Bleibel/Reuters

Syrian troops backed up by tanks and armoured vehicles yesterday recaptured the Quneitra crossing-point on the ceasefire line between Syria and the(...)