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In court documents, Microsoft says the relevant agreements provided for any dispute to be determined in the Irish courts. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Microsoft Ireland Operations is suing two Saudi Arabian companies in the Commercial Court for more than $31 million (€27.3 million) allegedly owed und(...)

Yul Choi, a South Korean activist with the Korea Green Foundation, protests outside the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in Katowice, Poland, on December 10th. Photograph: Karolina Jonderko/The New York Times

Ireland’s ranking as the worst performing country in the EU for action on climate change, for the second year in a row, was roundly criticised by envi(...)

Saudi dissident Jamal Khashoggi speaking at an event hosted by Middle East Monitor in London, on September 29th last. Photograph: Middle East Monitor via Reuters

Journalist Jamal Khashoggi repeatedly told his killers “I can’t breathe” during his final moments in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, CNN reported on(...)

Protesters hold placards during a march for the climate on sidelines of the COP24 summit on December 8th in Katowice, Poland. Photograph:  Janek Skarzynski /Getty Images

Ireland’s performance on climate action in response to global warming has been ranked as the worst in the EU and among the worst in the world in a maj(...)

Vice president and prime minister of the United Arab Emirates Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum:  the UAE is among the countries engaged in a economic and diplomatic boycott of Doha since mid-2017. Photograph: Bandar al-Jaloud/AFP/Getty

A Gulf Arab summit called for regional unity as Bahrain and Qatar traded barbs over the Qatari emir’s decision not to attend the gathering in Saudi Ar(...)

A Long March 3B rocket lifts off from the Xichang launch centre in Xichang in China’s southwestern Sichuan province early. Photograph: China OUTSTR/AFP/Getty Images

China has launched a daring space mission to boldly go where no one has gone before by landing a lunar probe on the dark side of the moon. A Long Mar(...)

Oil prices are being hit by ongoing uncertainty over supply cuts. Photograph: iStock

Oil extended losses below $53 a barrel as uncertainty lingers over the scale of Opec’s output cuts only hours before its official meeting, while US Pr(...)

 UN envoy to Yemen Martin Griffiths greets Yemeni delegates at the opening press conference on UN-sponsored peace talks for Yemen in Rimbo, Sweden. Photograph: Stina Stjernkvist /TT News Agency/via Reuters

Yemen’s warring sides agreed to free thousands of prisoners on Thursday, in what a UN mediator called a hopeful start to the first peace talks in year(...)

“Any world leaders who thought they could hit the snooze button have been given a final wake-up call.” Photograph: Sascha Steinbach/EPA

Increasing coal, oil and gas use are pushing global carbon emissions to an all-time high, climate scientists have told the UN climate talks in Katowic(...)

US senator Lindsey Graham speaks to reporters after attending a closed-door briefing on the death of the journalist Jamal Khashoggi, by CIA Director Gina Haspel at the US Capitol in Washington on December 4th Photograph: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

US senators blasted Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Salman on Tuesday after receiving a classified briefing from CIA director Gina Haspel on the death(...)

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