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Bassem Awadallah, one of two former officials accused of helping Jordanian Prince Hamzah try to overthrow his half-brother King Abdullah II, is shown on a live screen as he attends a verdict hearing at a state security court, in Amman, Jordan in July 2021. The court sentenced the two to 15 years in prison. Photograph: Raad Adayleh/AP Photo

The jailing of a former senior aide to Jordan’s King Abdullah and a distant relative of the monarch has been welcomed by many Jordanians despite quest(...)

Saudi crown prince Mohammad bin Salman (left) and his Abu Dhabi counterpart Mohammed bin Zayed during a meeting in   Abu Dhabi, UAE, in  2018. Photograph:Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

Emirati and Saudi disagreements over oil production have revealed that the close relations between the once allied de facto rulers of these countries (...)

Opec+’s failure to agree  means an expected increase in oil output from August will not take place, prompting concerns inflation could derail a global recovery from the pandemic. Photograph: Heinz-Peter Bader/Reuters

Opec+ ministers called off oil output talks on Monday after clashing last week when the United Arab Emirates (UAE) balked at a proposed eight-month ex(...)

Adrian Cummins, head of the Restaurants Association of Ireland: ‘The least the Government can do is give us certainty around whether we’re going to open or not.’ Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Huge public spending on Covid-19 will soon be reduced, according to a warning the Government will issue next week to unions and employers. It also sa(...)

Mandatory Hotel Quarantine facility at the  Crowne Plaza Hotel in Santry. File photograph Nick Bradshaw for The Irish Times

Russia and Indonesia are among nine new countries added to the State’s mandatory hotel quarantine list. From next Tuesday, all those coming into the (...)

A migrant worker pushes a wheelbarrow through Souq Waif, Doha, Qatar in November 2018. File photograph: Simon Holmes/NurPhoto via Getty

With perfect prose, sizzling sarcasm and a host of anonymous accounts, Malcolm Bidali has waged a one-man social media campaign to improve working con(...)

People gather to demonstrate in support of Palestinians and to protest against Israeli attacks on the Gaza Strip in Rabat, Morocco. Photograph:  Jalal Morchidi/EPA

Arab governments have come under increasing popular pressure to not only condemn Israel’s actions in occupied East Jerusalem but also take action to e(...)

The High Court will decide later whether to overturn a Labour Court decision which allows a woman working in the cultural office of the Kuwaiti Embass(...)

 Defence Forces personnel awaiting flights to escort passengers to their mandatory hotel quarantine at Dublin Airport. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

People arriving from 26 more countries, including Israel, Nigeria and Serbia, have to book a space in the State’s hotel quarantine system if they inte(...)

UAE foreign minister Abdullah bin Zayed Nahyan speaks as then US president Donald Trump looks on during the signing ceremony of the Abraham Accords on the south lawn of the White House last September. Photograph: Alex Wong/Getty Images

Wide-ranging US sanctions on Damascus are blocking Syrian reconstruction and undermining regional reconciliation that could bring an end to 10 years o(...)

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