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Medics transport a body at the site of explosions near the Iranian embassy in Beirut today. Photograph: Reuters

Two explosions, at least one caused by a suicide bomber, rocked Iran’s embassy in Lebanon today, killing at least 23 people, including an Iranian cult(...)

Kamal Mouzawak with one of the chefs at Tawlet in Beirut

If Kamal Mouzawak calls you cuckoo-crazy that’s a big compliment. The 44-year-old Lebanese restaurateur did something that many would have described a(...)

Visualising Palestine’s objective is to illustrate in a single graphic what is happening in the occupied Palestinian territories, in order to make an impact on global public opinion.

The first infographic produced for the website Visualising Palestine, published in February 2012, was sensational. It showed what happens during hu(...)

I’ve only passed Dublin’s Ashling Hotel at a heck of a lick in a car or the Luas, so have never noticed the plaque on the wall. The Austrian philosoph(...)

Turkish Airlines pilot Murat Agca talks to media at Istanbul’s Ataturk airport . Photograph: Osman Orsal/reuters

A flurry of back-room Middle East diplomacy led to an ambitious international prisoner swap on Saturday that freed Lebanese citizens held by Syrian r(...)

Monologue: Leanne Best as Sal in The Match Box, from 2012, which Frank McGuinness wrote for Liverpool Playhouse
Playing out on stage

The Factory Girls: The play that put McGuinness on the map, back in 1982. Taking its inspiration from the writer’s mother, who worked in a shirt facto(...)

Israeli soldiers from the paratroopers brigade take part in a drill in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, near the border with Syria. Photograph: Baz Ratner/Reuters

More than 100 Irish soldiers have been deployed for a six-month stint in the Golan Heights in war-torn Syria. The troops from the 43rd Infantry Group (...)

Arthur Guinness Projects 2013 award winners (left to right): Emma Mooney, Alex Sloane and Iseult Ward of FoodCloud; Joe Mason and Duncan Walker of The Green Kitchen; Eva Milka of Gaelic Escargot, and Michael Kelly of Grow HQ

Guinness is good for food start-upsThe results of the Arthur Guinness Projects 2013 have been announced and the winning food projects will each receiv(...)

Hizbullah memorial: captured Israeli tank lies amid other remnants of battle. Photograph: Hamzah Tahan

The outgoing lane from Beirut to the ancient port of Sidon is open but there is a steady stream of traffic into Beirut from the south. At the entrance(...)

A supporter of Syria’s president Bashar al-Assad gestures while wearing a glove with fake blood in front of pictures of Assad during a sit-in near the US embassy in Awkar, north of Beirut, against potential US strikes on Syria. Photograph:  Mohamed Azakir/Reuters

Anticipating US strikes on Syria, the US state department has ordered nonessential embassy personnel and US citizens to leave Lebanon due to security (...)

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