Qatar, the world’s largest exporter of liquefied natural gas is using international debt markets to bolster public budgets since energy markets slumped. Photograph: iStock

Qatar is considering raising at least $9 billion (€7.67 billion) from international bond markets as the gas-rich nation boycotted by its neighbours se(...)

Ireland’s Nicolas Roche at the UCI Cycling Road World Championships on September 20th, 2017 in Bergen, Norway: looking good ahead of Il Lombardia Classic.  Photograph: Jonathan Nackstrand/AFP/Getty Images

Nicolas Roche showed strong form in advance of next weekend’s prestigious Il Lombardia Classic when he took fourth in Saturday’s Giro dell’ Emilia. (...)

Protestors setting fire to the Saudi Arabia embassy in Tehran, Iran, on January 2nd, 2016. The incident led Qatar to follow Saudi Arabia’s lead in cutting ties with the Islamic republic. Photograph: Mohammad Reza  Nadimi/EPA

Qatar has decided to return its ambassador to Tehran, more than 20 months after he was recalled in protest over the ransacking of Saudi Arabia’s missi(...)

The Qatari Stock Exchange in Doha. Qatar’s economy has been hit by the sanctions imposed by a Saudi-led Arab bloc. Photograph: AFP

Qatar is telling its banks to tap international investors to raise financing, instead of mainly relying on government funding, as the impact of the on(...)

A veiled woman sits  on a bench near an installation of wedding dresses by Lebanese artist Mireille Honein and Abaad activist organisation  at Beirut’s corniche in April. The installation was a criticism of Lebanon’s law allowing rapists who married their victims to go free. Photograph:   Patrick Baz/AFP/Getty Images

The Lebanese parliament has repealed a controversial 1940s law permitting rapists to escape prosecution by marrying their victims. Article 522 of the (...)

Saudi King, Salman bin Abdel Aziz (right) meeting with US secretary of state Rex Tillerson  in July. Photograph: EPA/Saudi Press Agency

The crisis between Qatar and three other members of the Gulf Co-operation Council (GCC) undermines the unity of the organisation and could implode it.(...)

Qatar Airways began flying between Dublin and Doha last month.

Qatar Airways is considering adding a second daily flight from Dublin to Doha just weeks after launching its first service between the two cities, acc(...)

Qatari woman walks in front of the city skyline in Doha, Qatar.  Qatar has called the charges baseless and says the demands are so severe that they seem intended to be rejected. Photograph: Kamran Jebreili/AP

Qatar has handed over its response to a list of extraordinary demands made by Saudi Arabia and three allies after they imposed an embargo on the Gul(...)

US secretary of state Rex Tillerson shakes hands with Qatari foreign minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani prior to a meeting at the State Department in Washington, DC, on Tuesday. Photograph: Shawn Thew/EPA

Qatar could face further sanctions by Arab states as a deadline to accept a series of demands from its Gulf neighbours, including closing down the tel(...)

Mustafa Kemal Atatürk’s mausoleum – the Anitkabir –  was built as a monument to the founder of Turkey. But  is Atatürk’s vision for Ankara now being erased?

The Bayram holiday that in Turkey follows the Muslim holy month of Ramadan sees thousands descend on Ankara to pay their respects to Mustafa Kemal Ata(...)