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Faithful in protective masks attend Friday prayers during Ramadan at a mosque in Gaza City on Friday. Photograph: Mohammed Saber/EPA

Rarely, if ever, in the 1,400-year history of the faith have Islam’s three holiest mosques in Mecca, Medina, and Jerusalem closed simultaneously durin(...)

Children on  a mini truck with a Joker cutout as the Covid-19 pandemic rages in Sanaa. Photograph: Yahya Arhab

Yemen’s desperate battle to contain the coronavirus intensifies as contagion spreads throughout the south of the country and takes hold in the north. (...)

  Iraqis shop for food ahead of the first day of   Ramadan at the Shorjah market in central Baghdad, Iraq. Photograph: EPA

The Muslim fasting month of Ramadan is set to begin on Thursday night with the sighting of the crescent moon. Attendance at ceremonial openings will b(...)

Saudi nurse checks a patient at a mobile clinic catering for the residents of Ajyad Almasafi district in the holy city of Mecca. Photograph: Bandar Aldandani/AFP

The Saudi authorities have imposed strict quarantine in Mecca to contain coronavirus contagion in poor neighbourhoods and migrant workers camps. The(...)

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman: Since January, 104 people have been executed, compared to 148 during the whole of 2018, and detentions have multiplied. Photograph: Bandar al-Jaloud/Saudi Royal Palace

Saudi Arabia’s execution on Tuesday of 37 men, the majority of them Shias sentenced to death for terrorism, could exacerbate tensions within the kingd(...)

Sunset, Jemma El Fna, Marrakesh, Morocco

“I believe that Marrakesh ought to be earned as a destination. The journey is the preparation for the experience. Reaching it too fast derides it, mak(...)

JLo: the star says Hollywood hasn’t given her her fair share. Now she’s fixing that. Photograph: Natalia Mantini/NYT

It is supposed to be Jennifer Lopez’s day off. Cue visions of her lounging by her infinity pool in Bel Air, friends hanging, tunes turned up. Instead (...)

Cleveland Dam in  Vancouver. Photograph: Hazel Norton

Hazel Norton moved to Vancouver 18 months ago with her husband, Mark Cullen. In Ireland she was a secondary school teacher, and she now works in profe(...)

US president Donald Trump holds a chart of military hardware sales as he welcomes Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in Washington in  March 2018. Photograph: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman has said the kingdom will not accept any regional peace plan that fails to address the status of Arab territory occupied by(...)

Senator Ivana Bacik said 2018 would be a key year for women’s rights in Ireland because of the upcoming referendum on the repeal of the Eighth Amendment. Photograph: michaelbehan.ie

“We live in a culture where women are trying to make their voices fit into a space that is not constructed for the female voice.That’s the conversatio(...)

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