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Shia activist Jafar al-Shayeb warned the death sentence of the revered 54-year-old cleric will spark anger and renewed protests by the kingdom’s minority Shias. Photograph: Muhammad Hamed/Reuters

A prominent Shia cleric has been sentenced to death by a court in Saudi Arabia, his brother has revealed.Sheik Nimr al-Nimr’s brother, Mohammed al-Nim(...)

Prince Nasser bin Hamad al-Khalifa: high court in London quashed decision by the director of public prosecutions that he was immune from legal action owing to his royal status. Photograph: Phil Weymouth/AFP/Getty Images

Scotland Yard is to be asked to investigate allegations that a Bahraini prince should be prosecuted for torture. The request comes after the hi(...)

Bombing Syria

For those who need to find a basis in international law for the strikes by the US and allies – Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Bahrain, Qatar and the UAE – agai(...)

 A grab picture from Hezbollah’s al-Manar TV shows Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah giving a televised address.

Jordan, the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia yesterday confirmed their warplanes took part in US-led air raids on Islamic State (IS) targets in S(...)

British prime minister David Cameron is to meet the president of Iran in New York today to urge him to join the international effort to tackle Islamic State. Photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire.

British prime minister David Cameron is to meet the president of Iran today to urge him to join the international effort to tackle Islamic State.The m(...)

A Kurdish Peshmerga fighter launches mortar shells towards Zummar, controlled by Islamic State, near Mosul in Iraq yesterday. Reuters/Ahmed Jadallah

Twenty-six countries, including the five permanent members of the UN Security Council and 10 Arab states, as well as representatives of the Arab Leagu(...)

Photograph: Alan Betson

To visit the full generations page click here Una Hughes lives in Balbriggan, Co Dublin I grew up in Blackrock, outside Dundalk, in Co Lout(...)

Nabeel Rajab: ‘When I realised I would be targeted and could get killed, I transferred everything to my family, my wife.’ Photograph: Alan Betson

A Bahraini human rights activist who spent two years in prison for using Twitter to call for peaceful protests has urged Irish people to “fight for(...)

Embroiled: President Obama ordered air strikes in Iraq this week; missiles were loaded on fighter jets aboard a US aircraft carrier in the Persian Gulf. Photograph: Hamad I Mohammed/Reuters

In October 2002, while still a state senator in Illinois, Barack Obama delivered a speech in which he opposed any US invasion of Iraq, declaring, “(...)

Prof Damian McCormack and a  Justice for Bahrain Medical protest outside the Dáil yesterday.  Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Concerns have been raised over a forthcoming inspection of the Royal College of Surgeons’ Bahrain-based university by the Irish Medical Council. The v(...)

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