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Taoiseach Leo Varadkar leaving a meeting with Texas governor Greg Abbott   in Austin  on Sunday. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

PAT LEAHY The annual exodus of Government ministers and officials for St Patrick’s Day Day events is well underway with the United States, as usual, (...)

Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman during the graduation ceremony of the 93rd batch of the cadets of King Faisal Air Academy, in Riyadh  on February 21st. Photograph:  Bandar Algaloud/Saudi Royal Court/Reuters

Saudi Arabia has dismissed its top military commanders as the kingdom’s war in Yemen, launched nearly three years ago, remains stalemated and relation(...)

EU Navfor said in a statement the 50,000 metric tonne Leopard Sun was sailing from Sohar in Oman to Cape Town, South Africa, when it was attacked by two skiffs 160 nautical miles (295km) off the coast of Somalia. File photograph: Google Street View

Suspected Somali pirates attacked a Singaporean-flagged chemical tanker on Friday but were repelled by guards on board, the European Union’s Naval for(...)

 Danish rider Lasse Norman Hansen of  Aqua Blue Sports celebrates taking stage one of the Jayco Herald Sun Tour in Victoria, Australia. Photograph:  Con Chronis/Getty Images

Facing a demoralising start to the season after a number of race organisers overlooked the team for wildcard slots, the Irish Aqua Blue Sport squad ha(...)

Kilkenny-born John Carey is fronting the biggest initial public offering (IPO) in the United Arab Emirates in over a decade

Irishman John Carey is fronting the biggest initial public offering (IPO) in the United Arab Emirates in over a decade in a deal worth 3.31 billion di(...)

Saudi  crown prince Mohammed bin Salman: under house arrest in his mansion in Jeddah and banned from travelling abroad. Photograph: Saudi Press Agency via The New York Times

The Saudi authorities have been urged to reveal why they have placed ousted crown prince Mohammed bin Nayef under house arrest in his mansion in the p(...)

Saudi King, Salman bin Abdel Aziz (right) meeting with US secretary of state Rex Tillerson  in July. Photograph: EPA/Saudi Press Agency

The crisis between Qatar and three other members of the Gulf Co-operation Council (GCC) undermines the unity of the organisation and could implode it.(...)

Qatari woman walks in front of the city skyline in Doha, Qatar.  Qatar has called the charges baseless and says the demands are so severe that they seem intended to be rejected. Photograph: Kamran Jebreili/AP

Qatar has handed over its response to a list of extraordinary demands made by Saudi Arabia and three allies after they imposed an embargo on the Gul(...)

US secretary of state Rex Tillerson shakes hands with Qatari foreign minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani prior to a meeting at the State Department in Washington, DC, on Tuesday. Photograph: Shawn Thew/EPA

Qatar could face further sanctions by Arab states as a deadline to accept a series of demands from its Gulf neighbours, including closing down the tel(...)

Jordan’s King Abdullah II, Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, US president Donald Trump, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan and Qatar’s Emir Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al-Thani pose for a photo during the Arab-Islamic-American Summit in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia last month Photograph: Reuters/Jonathan Ernst

The decision by Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates and Egypt to cut all land, sea and air links with Qatar in protest against its alleged(...)

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