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Patrick Honohan: “Ireland is a prosperous country, but not as prosperous as is often thought.”

Rankings that put the Republic as the most prosperous state in the European Union are wrong, former Central Bank governor Patrick Honohan has said. T(...)

Roger Federer has won the event in Doha three times in the past with the upcoming edition scheduled from March 8th-13th. Photograph:   Ashley Vlotman/Gallo Images/Getty Images

Roger Federer will make his return to the tennis circuit from a double knee surgery at an ATP 250 tournament in Qatar in March, having not played sinc(...)

Iranians  shopping at the Tajrish bazaar in Tehran. Iran desperately needs to end US sanctions in order to access  equipment, medications and vaccines to contain the spread of coronavirus.  Photograph: Abedin Taherkenareh/EPA

Middle Eastern leaders have welcomed the advent of the Biden administration in the US after four destabilising years of its predecessor. The change (...)

Four out of five people suffer from back pain at some stage in their lives

Sitting up very straight is no longer advised as treatment for or prevention of back pain, according to a new international study involving researche(...)

The coffin of an as yet unnamed murdered supreme court judge is  carried in Kabul on Sunday. Photograph: Epa/Hedayatullah Amid

Unidentified gunmen killed two female judges from Afghanistan’s supreme court on Sunday morning, police said, adding to a wave of assassinations in Ka(...)

Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani attending the 41st Gulf Co-operation Council summit. Photograph: Bandar Alajaloud/Saudi royal court/EPA

Qatar’s return to the Gulf Co-operation Council (GCC) after 3½ years of blockade by Saudi Arabia, the Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt is a major diplomati(...)

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman: Some  believe the prince’s push to repair relations with Qatar are partly motivated by efforts to improve his standing with US president-elect Joe Biden. Handout photograph: Bandar Al-Jaloud/Saudi Royal Palace/AFP via Getty Images

Saudi Arabia has agreed to reopen its land, air and sea borders with Qatar in a move to end a dispute lasting more than three years that triggered an (...)

A boarded up pub in Dublin’s city centre in March. The hospitality sector says it needs more financial support from the State if they are to survive an extended lockdown in the new year.   Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

As ministers prepare to announce fresh anti-virus restrictions for the hospitality sector, representatives of the industry say they will accept a long(...)

Qatar forward Hasan Al Haydos with the trophy after last year’s Asian Cup final against Japan. Photograph: Getty Images

Having received a favourable enough draw in the first place, Stephen Kenny is likely to be happy with a World Cup qualifying fixture list that kicks o(...)

French president Emmanuel Macron  greets Egyptian president Abdel Fattah al-Sisi upon his arrival at the Élysée Palace in Paris. Photograph: EPA

French president Emmanuel Macron flip-flopped again regarding human rights in Egypt during the state visit to Paris of Egyptian president Abdel-Fattah(...)

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