President Micheal D Higgins and his wife Sabina at the exhibition in the Islamic Cultural Centre in Clonskeagh yesterday at the opening of exhibitions for Neighbourhood Week with  Dr Nooh Al-Kaddo, right. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Dr Nooh Edreeb al-Kaddo (65) was born in Mosul, Iraq, in January 1953. He has an MBA and a PhD in public administration from the University of Liverpo(...)

Saudi Arabia’s crown prince Mohammad bin Salman is welcomed by British PM Theresa May on the first of his three-day visit to the UK. Photograph: Victoria Jones/PA

The first overseas tour undertaken by Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Salman was intended as a “charm offensive” but has sparked controversy in the tw(...)

A Syrian man holds a wounded child at a makeshift hospital in the rebel-held town of Douma, following air strikes by regime forces on the besieged eastern Ghouta region on the outskirts of Damascus. Photograph: Hamza Al-Ajweh/Getty Images

Why has the Syrian government launched an offensive in eastern Ghouta? Since most of the suburbs of Damascus have been returned to government control(...)

Dr Ali Selim of the Islamic Cultural Centre of Ireland. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Ali Selim regrets the controversy that followed his comments on female genital mutilation (FGM). But, he says, the furore was not all of his own creat(...)

Supporters of Egyptian president Abdel Fattah al-Sisi celebrate in Tahrir square in Cairo on the seventh anniversary of the uprising that ended the 30-year reign of Hosni Mubarak. Photograph: Mohamed Abd El Ghany/Reuters

Egypt has come full circle since the uprising erupted across the country on January 25th, 2011: from rule by a weary, elderly air force autocrat to th(...)

Czech presidential candidate Jiri Drahos and incumbent Milos Zeman attend a televised debate ahead of an election run-off, in Prague. Photograph: David W Cerny/Reuters

Twenty-eight years ago, Simon Panek was looking ahead to a bright future for a Czechoslovakia that had suddenly been freed from communism by the Velve(...)

Former  Egyptian armed forces chief of staff Sami Anan last week said that he planned to contest the March presidential poll. File photograph: Amr Nabil/AP Photo

The Egyptian army has arrested a former chief of staff, accusing him of “open incitement against the armed forces”, in what his campaign said was an a(...)

People look at an artwork depicting Qatar’s emir, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, in Doha. Since the imposition of a boycott of Qatar by other Gulf states, Tamim has become the object of a fervent personality cult. Photograph: Naseem Zeitoon/Reuters

For the emir of Qatar, there has been little that money can’t buy. As a teenager he dreamed of becoming the Boris Becker of the Arab world, so his par(...)

 Pope Francis  speaks to journalists aboard his flight to Italy at the end of his visit to South America on Monday. Photograph: EPA/Luca Zennaro

Pope Francis has apologised to victims of clerical sex abuse on Sunday, acknowledging he had “wounded many” in comments defending a Chilean bishop wh(...)

Czech presidential candidate Jiri Drahos: said he would travel around the regions, where he will seek to quash criticism he is bland and lacks the common touch of his rival. Photograph: David W Cerny/Reuters

The political temperature in the Czech Republic is rising ahead of a presidential election run-off and uncertainty over prospects for a new government(...)

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