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US president Donald Trump and Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud. Photograph:  Mandel Ngan/AFP

US president Donald Trump circumvented Congress on Friday by declaring an emergency over Iran and moving forward with arms sales to Saudi Arabia, the (...)

A Palestinian loads a cart with aid food provided by the UN’s World Food Programme and its agency for Palestinian refugees, Unrwa, in the Gaza Strip’s al-Shati refugee camp. Photograph: Mohammed Abed

The US has called for the dismantling of the UN agency caring for more than five million Palestinian refugees. Trump administration envoy Jason Gree(...)

London Irish chief executive Brian Facer: ‘The most important thing for any rugby club is to succeed on the pitch.’ Photograph: Lee Christiansen

There’s commitment, and then there’s Brian Facer’s level of commitment. The chief executive of London Irish rugby club since late 2017, Facer commutes(...)

French president Emmanuel Macron and New Zealand’s prime minister Jacinda Ardern launched the Christchurch appeal to tackle violent extremist content online. Photograph: Julien De Rosa/EPA

France’s president, Emmanuel Macron, and New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern on Wednesday launched the Christchurch Call to Action, which urges (...)

New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern: “This was a terrorist attack that was designed to go viral,” said Ms Ardern in a video discussing the Christchurch Call initiative.  Photograph: Marty Melville/AFP/Getty Images

Details have emerged of a plan by New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern and French president Emmanuel Macron to eliminate terrorist and violent co(...)

 In this file photo taken on February 2013, US soldiers work on a Patriot missile system at a Turkish military base in Gaziantep. Photograph: Bulent Kilic/AFP

The US will move a Patriot air defence missile system into the Middle East to counter threats from Iran, the Pentagon has said, reflecting ongoing con(...)

Halloumi is a Cypriot semi-hard cheese that is made from cow, sheep and goat cheese, or a mixture of all three. It has a high melting point, making it(...)

This is the last New Artist of the Week column so, with that in mind, I wanted to tip the hat to some newer Irish acts I’ve been keeping an ear on. Co(...)

People walk near the recently reopened Nassib border post in  Deraa province, at the Syrian-Jordanian border south of Damascus Photograph: Louai Beshara/AFP/Getty Images

The road to Deraa runs through flat, velvet-green fields and abandoned villages, where houses stare through black, blank windows. Sheep graze lazily i(...)

Explorer and founder of the Ocean Futures Society Jean-Michel Cousteau (centre) and governor of Primorsky Region Oleg Kozhemyako (left): Mr Cousteau is leading a team to assess the jailed whales in Srednaya Bay. Photograph: Yuri Maltsev

Russia is facing growing international pressure to close its so-called “whale jail” in the far east of the country and return scores of ailing sea mam(...)

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