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US embassies that would normally be open this Sunday will be closed that day because of unspecified security concerns, the US State Department said.

US embassies that would normally be open this Sunday - including those in Abu Dhabi, Baghdad and Cairo - will be closed that day because of unspecifie(...)

A woman votes at a polling station in  Shaab, Kuwait City today.  Photograph: Jassim Mohammed/Reuters

Kuwaiti voters braved searing heat in the middle of the dawn-to-dusk Ramadan fast to cast ballots today in parliamentary elections.Leaders in the oil-(...)

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(...)

 Human Rights Watch has urged EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton to condemn convictions imposed in Saudi Arabia for posting messages on Facebook calling for anti-government protests. Photograph: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Saudi Arabia has sentenced seven activists from its restive eastern province to prison terms ranging from five to 10 years for posting messages on Fa(...)

Profess Martin Corbally arriving at the Four Courts today for a High Court action. Photograph: Collins Courts

A finding of poor professional performance against a paediatrician over an incorrect “tongue-tie” procedure on a young child in his care was unproven,(...)

The chancellor of the National University of Ireland (NUI) has spoken of “the centrality of human rights in the work of medical graduates” during a(...)

President Michael D Higgins: shared some concern about the direction Irish universities were taking. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons /Irish Times

Irish third-level institutions are “intimately engaged with regimes that have human rights’ questions to answer”, the former head of the Bahrain campu(...)

Friends and former colleagues of  human rights worker Abdulhadi Al-Khawaja,  protesting in Dublin over his imprisonment in Bahrain following the repression of pro-democracy protests. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) should maintain its presence in Bahrain but not at the expense of the values that should underpin any (...)

Prof Cathal Kelly (far right), who rejects accusations the RCSI’s Bahrain campus is not fit for accreditation by the Irish Medical Council due to abuses that have taken place in Bahraini hospitals where RCSI students receive training

The chief executive of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) has told his staff that the college rejects accusations that its Bahrain cam(...)

The Irish Medical Council should not approve the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland Bahrain campus for accreditation due to abuses that have taken p(...)

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