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An Iranian Revolutionary Guard helicopter hovers around a detained British-flagged  tanker Stena Impero in Bandar Abbas, southern Iran, on July 21st. File photograph: Hasan Shirvani

Two rockets struck an Iranian tanker travelling through the Red Sea off the coast of Saudi Arabia on Friday, Iranian officials said. It is the latest(...)

US president Donald Trump’s announcement will heap further pressure on a country which has been struggling economically. Photograph: Evan Vucci/AP

The United States is to impose new economic sanctions on Iran, significantly increasing economic pressure on the country. “I have just instructed the (...)

US secretary of state Mike Pompeo. Photograph: Erin Schaff/The New York Times

US secretary of state Mike Pompeo departed Washington on Tuesday night for Saudi Arabia in the wake of weekend attacks on oil facilities that have esc(...)

Mo Nader  came to Ireland from his native Egypt five years ago .Photograph: Crispin Rodwell/The Irish Times

Mo Nader was 15 years old when the Arab Spring protests broke out in his native Egypt. Having grown up in Saudi Arabia, the Egyptian teenager was keen(...)

Daniel Mullan is due to be extradited from Ireland to the United States today. Photograph: Ireland International News Agency.

A 80-year-old who the FBI believes has been producing and selling child pornography for at least 30 years is due to be extradited from Ireland to the (...)

A boy cools down  a fountain in Berlin, Germany during the heatwave. Photogtaph: Kay Nietfeld/dpa/AP

A lot has been happening with Irish abroad this week as a heatwave with recording-breaking temperatures hit much of Europe, more news on extending the(...)

Enda O’Brien is a climate scientist at the Center of Excellence in Climate Change Research at King Abdulaziz University in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

Enda O’Brien works as a climate scientist at the Center of Excellence in Climate Change Research at King Abdulaziz University in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.(...)

An RQ-4 Global Hawk unmanned surveillance and reconnaissance aircraft, similar to the drone shot down over the Strait of Hormuz by an Iranian surface-to-air missile overnight on Wednesday. Photograph:AFP/Getty Images

Some global airlines are re-routing flights to avoid Iran-controlled airspace over the Strait of Hormuz and Gulf of Oman, they said on Friday, after t(...)

It is highly unusual for planes to turn around or divert midair for anything other than technical or passenger health reasons. File Photograph: Steve Parsons/PA

A Malaysia-bound plane had to turn back to Saudi Arabia after one of the passengers realised she had left her baby in the terminal. The pilot made th(...)

‘I honestly don’t get it,’ Kahlifa says when asked to wear a flowing, form-concealing garment

With Basma Kahlifa’s personal documentary Inside the Real Saudi Arabia (BBC One, Tuesday, 11.45pm) we have the strange case of a film that manages to (...)

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