Emirati forces – trained recruits of the Yemeni army – perform combat training in Yemen in 2017. Photograph: Najeeb Almahboobi/EPA

The United Arab Emirates is cutting troop numbers in Yemen and shifting from a “military-first strategy” to a “peace-first strategy” for the war-devas(...)

A woman  at the detention centre for mainly African migrants that was hit by an air strike in the Tajoura suburb of the Libyan capital of Tripoli. Photograph: Reuters/Ismail Zitouny

Libya has not, for some time, been a place of safety. Yet for the EU, unwilling to welcome those fleeing Africa, there has been only one option for de(...)

Former president Mary Robinson speaking at the Irish Congress of Trade Unions’ biennial conference in Dublin on Wednesday. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Former president Mary Robinson has said Princess Haya bint al-Hussein, who has fled from Dubai to London, remains a friend of hers. Mrs Robinson said(...)

The Irish passport is considered one of the most prized in the world because it offers visa-free travel to 183 countries

The Irish passport remains one of the most powerful in the world, according to a new ranking that shows US and UK travel documents drop in score. The(...)

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum with Princess Haya, the most visible and glamorous of  his reported six wives, at the Epsom Derby festival  in England on June 3rd, 2017. Photograph:  Mark Cuthbert/UK Press via Getty Images

Few world leaders are known to write poetry. Fewer still offer it up for public consumption. And almost none record their marital breakups in verse on(...)

Trinity College’s library. The university’s Al Maktoum Centre for Middle Eastern Studies was announced on Monday.

Trinity College Dublin has refused to reveal how much money is being donated by the Al Maktoum Foundation for the establishment of a new centre for Mi(...)

Sonia Deasy of Pestle & Mortar: ‘It’s going to take more than good formulation and great marketing for brands to be relevant in 10 years’ time.’

With the aim of creating “skincare products with a purpose”, Sonia Deasy launched Pestle & Mortar to the market in 2014. Her early successes have (...)

 Israeli police  take up position in the village of Halhoul in the West Bank following  clashes with Palestinians protesting  against the  US economic conference. Photograph:  Abed Al Hashlamoun/EPA

The Trump administration’s Middle East workshop opening on Tuesday in Bahrain will be attended by representatives from Egypt, Jordan, Morocco, the Uni(...)

Reports say Donald Trump approved a cyber attack on the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps that disabled computer systems controlling rocket and missiles launchers. Photograph: EPA

US military cyber forces launched a strike against Iranian military computer systems on Thursday in response to the loss of the military drone. US of(...)

A clear wallet and its contents used in a study of how people in 40 countries decided to return, or not return, lost wallets. Photograph: Christian Zünd/Science/AFP/Getty Images

It’s obvious: someone finding a lost wallet is less likely to return it if money is inside, right? That’s what top economists, as well as regular peop(...)

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