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    Rebels cede Syrian war's 'cradle' to Assad forces

    Rebels cede Syrian war's 'cradle' to Assad forces


    Syrian rebels and their relatives began evacuating the southern city of Daraa yesterday under a deal to bring the "cradle" of the country's uprising back under government...

    Syrian rebels and their relatives began evacuating the southern city of Daraa yesterday under a deal to bring the "cradle" of the country's uprising back under government control.
    Gaza ceasefire holds after airstrike kills teens

    Gaza ceasefire holds after airstrike kills teens


    A ceasefire announced by Hamas largely held yesterday after the most severe exchange of fire between Israel and Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip since a 2014 war, easing fears of a wider...

    A ceasefire announced by Hamas largely held yesterday after the most severe exchange of fire between Israel and Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip since a 2014 war, easing fears of a wider conflict.

    Israeli air strike kills two Palestinian teenagers amid fierce flare-up of fighting in the region


    An Israeli air strike destroyed a vacant multi-storey building in the Gaza Strip on Saturday, killing two teenagers who were passing by, local health officials said, and Palestinian militants fired dozens of rockets into southern...

    An Israeli air strike destroyed a vacant multi-storey building in the Gaza Strip on Saturday, killing two teenagers who were passing by, local health officials said, and Palestinian militants fired dozens of rockets into southern Israel.
    Archaeologists work to repair ancient treasures destroyed by Isil

    Archaeologists work to repair ancient treasures destroyed by Isil


    Syrian archaeologists have begun restoring artefacts damaged by Isil during the time the group controlled the ancient city of...

    Syrian archaeologists have begun restoring artefacts damaged by Isil during the time the group controlled the ancient city of Palmyra.

    World powers told 'to do more' to satisfy Iran


    THE Iran nuclear deal looked in doubt yesterday as European powers failed to persuade Tehran that they would be able to compensate fully for economic losses caused by the US's...

    THE Iran nuclear deal looked in doubt yesterday as European powers failed to persuade Tehran that they would be able to compensate fully for economic losses caused by the US's exit.

    Hamas built World Cup app to spy on our soldiers, claims Israel


    Hamas built a functioning World Cup app and several dating apps to lure Israeli soldiers into giving up classified secrets, Israel's military said...

    Hamas built a functioning World Cup app and several dating apps to lure Israeli soldiers into giving up classified secrets, Israel's military said yesterday.

    Wafer-thin margin could see an emboldened parliament push back if economy stays weak


    After 15 years of dominance, Turkey's high-handed and authoritarian President Recep Tayyip Erdogan looks to have squeaked home in elections marred by allegations of rigging and government-dominance of the...

    After 15 years of dominance, Turkey's high-handed and authoritarian President Recep Tayyip Erdogan looks to have squeaked home in elections marred by allegations of rigging and government-dominance of the media.

    Italy thanks Libya coast guard for migrant rescue


    Matteo Salvini, Italy's hardline interior minister, thanked Libya's coast guard for picking up more than 800 migrants in the Mediterranean as he flew to Tripoli for the first time to discuss the migration...

    Matteo Salvini, Italy's hardline interior minister, thanked Libya's coast guard for picking up more than 800 migrants in the Mediterranean as he flew to Tripoli for the first time to discuss the migration crisis.
    Erdogan claims election victory as the opposition questions voting figures

    Erdogan claims election victory as the opposition questions voting figures


    Tayyip Erdogan and his ruling AK Party claimed victory in Turkey's presidential and parliamentary polls but the opposition has raised doubts about the official vote...

    Tayyip Erdogan and his ruling AK Party claimed victory in Turkey's presidential and parliamentary polls but the opposition has raised doubts about the official vote tallies.

    In the driving seat at last: Saudi Arabia's women take to road


    Traffic police in Saudi Arabia handed out pink roses to first-time female drivers yesterday, in unusual scenes for the conservative kingdom's normally gender-segregated...

    Traffic police in Saudi Arabia handed out pink roses to first-time female drivers yesterday, in unusual scenes for the conservative kingdom's normally gender-segregated society.

    Iraq bombs meeting of high-profile Isil leaders in Syria


    Iraq has launched an air attack on a gathering of Isil leaders inside neighbouring Syria, killing 45 members of the hard-line militant group, its military said...

    Iraq has launched an air attack on a gathering of Isil leaders inside neighbouring Syria, killing 45 members of the hard-line militant group, its military said yesterday.
    Saudi women brave man's world as driving ban is lifted

    Saudi women brave man's world as driving ban is lifted


    Women will be allowed to drive legally in Saudi Arabia for the first time from tomorrow and, while most are excited at the prospect, some say their fear of harassment will prevent them from taking to the...

    Women will be allowed to drive legally in Saudi Arabia for the first time from tomorrow and, while most are excited at the prospect, some say their fear of harassment will prevent them from taking to the roads.
    Erdogan on cusp of election win to tighten stranglehold on country

    Erdogan on cusp of election win to tighten stranglehold on country


    Recep Tayyip Erdogan sat in stony silence as he listened to the complaints of his citizens. During his final drive for votes ahead of tomorrow's elections, the Turkish president agreed to go on a radio call-in show, where the host nervously played...

    Recep Tayyip Erdogan sat in stony silence as he listened to the complaints of his citizens. During his final drive for votes ahead of tomorrow's elections, the Turkish president agreed to go on a radio call-in show, where the host nervously played recordings of people's gripes.
    Netanyahu's wife faces charges over $100,000 meals bill

    Netanyahu's wife faces charges over $100,000 meals bill


    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's wife Sara was charged yesterday with fraud and breach of trust after a lengthy police probe into allegations she falsely claimed meals worth $100,000 (€86,158), the justice ministry...

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's wife Sara was charged yesterday with fraud and breach of trust after a lengthy police probe into allegations she falsely claimed meals worth $100,000 (€86,158), the justice ministry said.
    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's wife charged with fraud

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's wife charged with fraud


    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's wife, Sara, was charged on Thursday with fraud over the alleged misuse of state funds in ordering catered meals at their official residence, the Justice Ministry...

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's wife, Sara, was charged on Thursday with fraud over the alleged misuse of state funds in ordering catered meals at their official residence, the Justice Ministry said.
    Ceasefire ends after deadly new attack on Taliban

    Ceasefire ends after deadly new attack on Taliban


    A suicide bomber killed at least 19 people in Afghanistan yesterday, the second attack in as many days targeting Taliban fighters, security forces and civilians celebrating a holiday...

    A suicide bomber killed at least 19 people in Afghanistan yesterday, the second attack in as many days targeting Taliban fighters, security forces and civilians celebrating a holiday ceasefire.

    Israel targets rights groups with bill to outlaw filming of soldiers


    On Sunday, Israel moved to snap the lens shut on rights groups that film its troops' interactions with Palestinians by introducing a bill that would make it a criminal...

    On Sunday, Israel moved to snap the lens shut on rights groups that film its troops' interactions with Palestinians by introducing a bill that would make it a criminal offense.
    Islamic State claims responsibility for carbomb that killed 26 people during Eid ceasefire in eastern Afghanistan

    Islamic State claims responsibility for carbomb that killed 26 people during Eid ceasefire in eastern Afghanistan


    Islamic State said on Saturday it carried out a suicide bombing targeting Taliban and Afghan forces in eastern Afghanistan that killed at least 26 people, the group's Amaq news agency...

    Islamic State said on Saturday it carried out a suicide bombing targeting Taliban and Afghan forces in eastern Afghanistan that killed at least 26 people, the group's Amaq news agency said.

    UN Security Council rejects call for end to Yemen battle


    The UN Security Council has rejected a plan to call for an end to fighting in Hodeidah, Yemen as Saudi-led forces look poised to take the city's...

    The UN Security Council has rejected a plan to call for an end to fighting in Hodeidah, Yemen as Saudi-led forces look poised to take the city's airport.
    Pakistan Taliban leader Mullah Fazlullah killed in US drone strike

    Pakistan Taliban leader Mullah Fazlullah killed in US drone strike


    Pakistan Taliban leader Mullah Fazlullah has been killed in a US drone strike in north-eastern Kunar, the Afghan defence ministry...

    Pakistan Taliban leader Mullah Fazlullah has been killed in a US drone strike in north-eastern Kunar, the Afghan defence ministry said.

    Soldiers killed Afghan amputee then drank beer from his prosthetic leg


    Australian troops killed an Afghan amputee and kept his prosthetic leg as a souvenir, which they took back to Perth and drank beer from, an investigation has...

    Australian troops killed an Afghan amputee and kept his prosthetic leg as a souvenir, which they took back to Perth and drank beer from, an investigation has found.
    UN calls for key Yemen port to remain open as conflict rages

    UN calls for key Yemen port to remain open as conflict rages


    The UN Security Council has called for the key Yemeni port of Hodeida to be kept open following the launch of an offensive against the strategic harbour by troops in a Saudi-led...

    The UN Security Council has called for the key Yemeni port of Hodeida to be kept open following the launch of an offensive against the strategic harbour by troops in a Saudi-led coalition.
    Civilians flee after Yemeni port pounded by air strikes

    Civilians flee after Yemeni port pounded by air strikes


    Arab warplanes and warships pounded Houthi positions in the Yemeni city of Hodeidah for a second day yesterday, as a Saudi-led alliance tried to seize the port in the largest battle of a war that has created the world's worst humanitarian...

    Arab warplanes and warships pounded Houthi positions in the Yemeni city of Hodeidah for a second day yesterday, as a Saudi-led alliance tried to seize the port in the largest battle of a war that has created the world's worst humanitarian crisis.
    Iran will begin uranium enrichment if nuclear deal unravels

    Iran will begin uranium enrichment if nuclear deal unravels


    Iran will begin uranium enrichment at its Fordow plant and will install new nuclear equipment at its Natanz facility if it withdraws from a nuclear deal with major powers, said the spokesman for the Atomic Energy Organisation of Iran...

    Iran will begin uranium enrichment at its Fordow plant and will install new nuclear equipment at its Natanz facility if it withdraws from a nuclear deal with major powers, said the spokesman for the Atomic Energy Organisation of Iran (AEOI).
    Saudi-led attack likely to exacerbate 'already catastrophic humanitarian situation' in Yemen - Red Cross

    Saudi-led attack likely to exacerbate 'already catastrophic humanitarian situation' in Yemen - Red Cross


    The United Nations and International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) called on Wednesday for all sides in Yemen's war to protect civilians after the Saudi-led coalition launched an air and ground assault on the vital Red Sea port city of...

    The United Nations and International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) called on Wednesday for all sides in Yemen's war to protect civilians after the Saudi-led coalition launched an air and ground assault on the vital Red Sea port city of Hodeidah.

    Settlers thrown off Palestinian land


    Israeli police have started evacuating Jewish settlers from 15 homes built illegally on private Palestinian land in the West...

    Israeli police have started evacuating Jewish settlers from 15 homes built illegally on private Palestinian land in the West Bank.

    Israeli PM Netanyahu questioned by police in telecom corruption case


    Israeli police questioned Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday over his alleged dealings with the country’s largest telecommunication company, Israel Radio said, one of three corruption cases weighing on his political...

    Israeli police questioned Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday over his alleged dealings with the country’s largest telecommunication company, Israel Radio said, one of three corruption cases weighing on his political future.
    Worst of Syria's humanitarian crisis still to come - UN

    Worst of Syria's humanitarian crisis still to come - UN


    The UN humanitarian agency's top official for Syria expressed concerns yesterday about recent airstrikes in rebel-held Idlib province, warning that "we may have not seen the worst of the crisis" in Syria even after seven years of...

    The UN humanitarian agency's top official for Syria expressed concerns yesterday about recent airstrikes in rebel-held Idlib province, warning that "we may have not seen the worst of the crisis" in Syria even after seven years of war.
    Protester hit in face by tear-gas canister fired by Israeli troops

    Protester hit in face by tear-gas canister fired by Israeli troops


    A Palestinian was on life support in a Gaza hospital last night after being struck in the face by a tear-gas canister fired by an Israeli...

    A Palestinian was on life support in a Gaza hospital last night after being struck in the face by a tear-gas canister fired by an Israeli soldier.
    Four Palestinian protesters killed and more than 600 injured during Gaza demonstrations

    Four Palestinian protesters killed and more than 600 injured during Gaza demonstrations


    Four Palestinian protesters have been killed and more than 600 others injured as Israeli forces fired live rounds and tear gas during demonstrations along the Gaza...

    Four Palestinian protesters have been killed and more than 600 others injured as Israeli forces fired live rounds and tear gas during demonstrations along the Gaza border.
    Iran to relaunch uranium testing in protest at US deal withdrawal

    Iran to relaunch uranium testing in protest at US deal withdrawal


    A war of words between Israel and Iran escalated sharply yesterday after Tehran informed the UN's nuclear watchdog it was beginning the process of increasing its capacity to enrich...

    A war of words between Israel and Iran escalated sharply yesterday after Tehran informed the UN's nuclear watchdog it was beginning the process of increasing its capacity to enrich uranium.
    Three Israeli soldiers injured as dozens of mortars and rockets fired from Gaza

    Three Israeli soldiers injured as dozens of mortars and rockets fired from Gaza


    Palestinian militants launched their heaviest barrages against Israel since the 2014 Gaza war today and Israeli aircraft struck back, in a surge of fighting after weeks of border...

    Palestinian militants launched their heaviest barrages against Israel since the 2014 Gaza war today and Israeli aircraft struck back, in a surge of fighting after weeks of border violence.

    Abramovich finds an Israeli refuge


    Roman Abramovich has become an Israeli citizen a month after the UK delayed renewing his visa amid diplomatic tension between London and...

    Roman Abramovich has become an Israeli citizen a month after the UK delayed renewing his visa amid diplomatic tension between London and Moscow.

    Dozens injured during clashes at Israel-Gaza border


    Dozens of Palestinians have been injured during protests along the border with Israel, Gaza's Health Ministry has...

    Dozens of Palestinians have been injured during protests along the border with Israel, Gaza's Health Ministry has said.

    Ayatollah tells Europe to buy Iran's oil or lose nuclear treaty


    Iran's supreme leader has threatened to pull his country out of the nuclear deal and resume enriching uranium if European countries do not promise to buy Iranian oil and to oppose all new US sanctions against...

    Iran's supreme leader has threatened to pull his country out of the nuclear deal and resume enriching uranium if European countries do not promise to buy Iranian oil and to oppose all new US sanctions against Tehran.
    More women's rights activists are arrested in new Saudi crackdown

    More women's rights activists are arrested in new Saudi crackdown


    Saudi Arabia has arrested at least three more women's rights activists in a widening crackdown just weeks before a ban on women driving is set to end, international rights watchdogs said...

    Saudi Arabia has arrested at least three more women's rights activists in a widening crackdown just weeks before a ban on women driving is set to end, international rights watchdogs said yesterday.
    Belgian Islamic State fighter sentenced to death in Iraq

    Belgian Islamic State fighter sentenced to death in Iraq


    Iraq's Central Criminal Court sentenced a Belgian on Tuesday to death by hanging as a senior foreign fighter for Islamic State, a rare case in which Baghdad has publicly revealed details of the fate of one of the hundreds of foreigners it has...

    Iraq's Central Criminal Court sentenced a Belgian on Tuesday to death by hanging as a senior foreign fighter for Islamic State, a rare case in which Baghdad has publicly revealed details of the fate of one of the hundreds of foreigners it has captured.
    Isil evacuates enclave as Assad moves to reclaim Syrian capital

    Isil evacuates enclave as Assad moves to reclaim Syrian capital


    Jihadist fighters yesterday started evacuating the Yarmouk camp area in southern Damascus, a key step towards the Syrian government retaking total control of the capital. Fighters from Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil) and their families left...

    Jihadist fighters yesterday started evacuating the Yarmouk camp area in southern Damascus, a key step towards the Syrian government retaking total control of the capital. Fighters from Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil) and their families left the Zahra area adjacent to the camp, which they had controlled since April 2015, on buses early yesterday morning.

    Syrian monitor states Islamic State fighters evacuated enclave but state media denies it


    A war monitor said buses evacuated Islamic State fighters from an enclave south of Damascus on Sunday in a withdrawal deal, though state media denied the report and said the Syrian army was fighting to finish off the...

    A war monitor said buses evacuated Islamic State fighters from an enclave south of Damascus on Sunday in a withdrawal deal, though state media denied the report and said the Syrian army was fighting to finish off the insurgents.
    'A day of gas' in a gaza ambulance

    'A day of gas' in a gaza ambulance


    The first patients don't come until 5:39pm. They crowd around the ambulance, choking on tear...

    The first patients don't come until 5:39pm. They crowd around the ambulance, choking on tear gas.
    EU energy chief tells Iran: we'll stick with nuclear deal if you do

    EU energy chief tells Iran: we'll stick with nuclear deal if you do


    The European Union's energy chief sought to reassure Iran yesterday that the bloc remained committed to salvaging a nuclear deal with Tehran despite Donald Trump's decision to exit the accord and reimpose...

    The European Union's energy chief sought to reassure Iran yesterday that the bloc remained committed to salvaging a nuclear deal with Tehran despite Donald Trump's decision to exit the accord and reimpose sanctions.
    Influential Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr wins Iraqi election

    Influential Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr wins Iraqi election


    Influential Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr's political coalition has won the most seats in Iraq's national parliamentary elections, according to complete results released by Iraq's electoral...

    Influential Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr's political coalition has won the most seats in Iraq's national parliamentary elections, according to complete results released by Iraq's electoral commission.
    'Great hatred, little room' - no end in sight to the agony in Gaza

    'Great hatred, little room' - no end in sight to the agony in Gaza


    The headline in liberal-leaning Israeli newspaper 'Haaretz' was succinct: "Jerusalem Celebrates, Tel Aviv Parties and Gaza Bleeds - a Surreal 24...

    The headline in liberal-leaning Israeli newspaper 'Haaretz' was succinct: "Jerusalem Celebrates, Tel Aviv Parties and Gaza Bleeds - a Surreal 24 Hours."
    Israel PM speaks out as war of words erupts with Turkey

    Israel PM speaks out as war of words erupts with Turkey


    Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has claimed Hamas was paying Gazans to try to infiltrate...

    Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has claimed Hamas was paying Gazans to try to infiltrate Israel.
    Demonstrations continue 'as goal not achieved yet'

    Demonstrations continue 'as goal not achieved yet'


    Hamas plans to continue protests along the Gaza border and hopes that a mass demonstration on June 5 will rival the size of this week's protests, a spokesman said...

    Hamas plans to continue protests along the Gaza border and hopes that a mass demonstration on June 5 will rival the size of this week's protests, a spokesman said yesterday.
    Assad forces bombard Isil-held Palestinian refugee camp

    Assad forces bombard Isil-held Palestinian refugee camp


    Syrian and Russian forces have launched a large-scale attack on a Palestinian refugee camp under the control of Isil, as the regime closed in on the last rebel-held territory in the Syrian...

    Syrian and Russian forces have launched a large-scale attack on a Palestinian refugee camp under the control of Isil, as the regime closed in on the last rebel-held territory in the Syrian capital.

    Guatemala now opens new embassy in Jerusalem as protests continue over Gaza 'massacre'


    Guatemala has opened its new embassy in Jerusalem, becoming the second country to do so after the United States, as international condemnation continued over the killing of dozens of Palestinian protesters by Israeli...

    Guatemala has opened its new embassy in Jerusalem, becoming the second country to do so after the United States, as international condemnation continued over the killing of dozens of Palestinian protesters by Israeli forces.

    Turkey expels Israeli consul in spat over Gaza violence as protests continue


    Turkey has ordered the Israeli consul general in Istanbul to return to Israel "for some time", a Turkish Foreign Ministry official said on Wednesday, in a diplomatic spat which follows the killings of 60 Palestinian protesters by Israeli...

    Turkey has ordered the Israeli consul general in Istanbul to return to Israel "for some time", a Turkish Foreign Ministry official said on Wednesday, in a diplomatic spat which follows the killings of 60 Palestinian protesters by Israeli forces.
    US blocks UN call for inquiry into killings

    US blocks UN call for inquiry into killings


    The United States has blocked the adoption of a UN Security Council statement that called for an "independent and transparent investigation" into Israel's killing of Palestinian protesters on the Gaza...

    The United States has blocked the adoption of a UN Security Council statement that called for an "independent and transparent investigation" into Israel's killing of Palestinian protesters on the Gaza border.

    Joy in Jerusalem, despair in Gaza: the jarring juxtaposition that threatens further chaos


    On Monday afternoon, a US delegation that included President Donald Trump's daughter Ivanka and other White House officials celebrated the opening of the US embassy in Jerusalem. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called it a "glorious day" that...

    On Monday afternoon, a US delegation that included President Donald Trump's daughter Ivanka and other White House officials celebrated the opening of the US embassy in Jerusalem. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called it a "glorious day" that had "made history".

    Cabinet decides not to recognise Palestine despite Gaza deaths


    Ministers have discussed the possibility of recognising the state of Palestine within weeks, but the proposal was ultimately rejected by Tánaiste Simon...

    Ministers have discussed the possibility of recognising the state of Palestine within weeks, but the proposal was ultimately rejected by Tánaiste Simon Coveney.

    Palestinians in mourning after bloodiest day since 2014 war


    A Palestinian was shot dead near the Gaza-Israel border yesterday after thousands of mourners turned out for the funerals of dozens of protesters killed by Israeli troops the day before, local health officials...

    A Palestinian was shot dead near the Gaza-Israel border yesterday after thousands of mourners turned out for the funerals of dozens of protesters killed by Israeli troops the day before, local health officials said.

    Israel's bloody quelling of protest will lose support for fight against Hezbollah


    This week's carnage in Gaza seems like another imbalanced confrontation between the Israeli state and Palestinians, but these recent deaths must be examined from the perspective of rising tensions between Iran and...

    This week's carnage in Gaza seems like another imbalanced confrontation between the Israeli state and Palestinians, but these recent deaths must be examined from the perspective of rising tensions between Iran and Israel.
    'It is too early for her' - tear gas 'kills baby'

    'It is too early for her' - tear gas 'kills baby'


    In Gaza City, hundreds marched at the funeral of eight-month-old Leila al-Ghandour, whose body was wrapped in a Palestinian...

    In Gaza City, hundreds marched at the funeral of eight-month-old Leila al-Ghandour, whose body was wrapped in a Palestinian flag.
    Gaza hospitals struggle to cope with numbers of wounded protesters

    Gaza hospitals struggle to cope with numbers of wounded protesters


    Worried families crowded the halls and spilled out of rooms in Gaza's hospitals on Tuesday, as patients wounded at a border protest awaited treatment for injuries suffered on Monday, the deadliest day for Palestinians in...

    Worried families crowded the halls and spilled out of rooms in Gaza's hospitals on Tuesday, as patients wounded at a border protest awaited treatment for injuries suffered on Monday, the deadliest day for Palestinians in years.
    Israeli forces kill Palestinian near Gaza as thousands turn out for funerals

    Israeli forces kill Palestinian near Gaza as thousands turn out for funerals


    Israeli forces shot dead a Palestinian near the Gaza-Israel border on Tuesday after thousands of Palestinians turned out for the funerals of dozens of protesters killed by Israeli troops a day earlier, local health officials...

    Israeli forces shot dead a Palestinian near the Gaza-Israel border on Tuesday after thousands of Palestinians turned out for the funerals of dozens of protesters killed by Israeli troops a day earlier, local health officials said.
    Israeli forces kill at least 58 people and injure 2,700 in Gaza 'massacre'

    Israeli forces kill at least 58 people and injure 2,700 in Gaza 'massacre'


    Israeli troops shot dead dozens of Palestinian protesters on the Gaza border on Monday when the high-profile opening of the U.S. embassy to Israel in Jerusalem by the Trump administration raised tension to boiling point after weeks of...

    Israeli troops shot dead dozens of Palestinian protesters on the Gaza border on Monday when the high-profile opening of the U.S. embassy to Israel in Jerusalem by the Trump administration raised tension to boiling point after weeks of demonstrations.

    Border protest an attempt by Hamas to channel rage in Gaza away from itself


    Yahya Sinwar is a man used to being boxed in. The 55-year-old leader of Hamas in Gaza spent half his life in an Israeli prison cell for abducting and killing two Israeli soldiers. Today, the militant fighter finds himself in another tight spot with few...

    Yahya Sinwar is a man used to being boxed in. The 55-year-old leader of Hamas in Gaza spent half his life in an Israeli prison cell for abducting and killing two Israeli soldiers. Today, the militant fighter finds himself in another tight spot with few good options.
    Israel kills 55 Palestinians as US opens Jerusalem embassy

    Israel kills 55 Palestinians as US opens Jerusalem embassy


    The opening of the US embassy in Jerusalem was overshadowed yesterday by bloodshed in Gaza, where at least 55 Palestinians were killed by Israeli forces in the deadliest day since the end of the 2014 Gaza...

    The opening of the US embassy in Jerusalem was overshadowed yesterday by bloodshed in Gaza, where at least 55 Palestinians were killed by Israeli forces in the deadliest day since the end of the 2014 Gaza conflict.
    Reaction: Coveney dismayed by ‘disproportionate’ use of force and calls for UN inquiry

    Reaction: Coveney dismayed by ‘disproportionate’ use of force and calls for UN inquiry


    Foreign Affairs Minister Simon Coveney expressed dismay at the use of "disproportionate" force by Israeli forces against Palestinian protesters and called for a UN probe into the...

    Foreign Affairs Minister Simon Coveney expressed dismay at the use of "disproportionate" force by Israeli forces against Palestinian protesters and called for a UN probe into the violence.
    Over 50 dead as Israeli forces kill Palestinian protesters in Gaza

    Over 50 dead as Israeli forces kill Palestinian protesters in Gaza


    Israeli troops shot dead dozens of Palestinian protesters on the Gaza border on Monday as the United States opened its embassy to Israel in Jerusalem, a move that has fueled Palestinian anger and drawn foreign criticism that it undermines peace...

    Israeli troops shot dead dozens of Palestinian protesters on the Gaza border on Monday as the United States opened its embassy to Israel in Jerusalem, a move that has fueled Palestinian anger and drawn foreign criticism that it undermines peace efforts.
    Israeli forces kill 16 in protests as anger mounts over U.S. embassy in Jerusalem

    Israeli forces kill 16 in protests as anger mounts over U.S. embassy in Jerusalem


    Israeli troops killed at least 16 Palestinians along the Gaza border on Monday, health officials said, as demonstrators streamed to the frontier on the day the United States prepared to open its embassy in...

    Israeli troops killed at least 16 Palestinians along the Gaza border on Monday, health officials said, as demonstrators streamed to the frontier on the day the United States prepared to open its embassy in Jerusalem.
    Israeli football club change their name in honour of Donald Trump

    Israeli football club change their name in honour of Donald Trump


    Israeli club Beitar Jerusalem have announced a change of the club's name to 'Beitar Trump Jerusalem' in honour of the "courageous" American...

    Israeli club Beitar Jerusalem have announced a change of the club's name to 'Beitar Trump Jerusalem' in honour of the "courageous" American president.
    Ivanka Trump lands in Israel for controversial move of US embassy as tensions remain high

    Ivanka Trump lands in Israel for controversial move of US embassy as tensions remain high


    Ivanka Trump arrived in Israel yesterday for the opening of the US embassy in Jerusalem hours after the Israeli defence forces destroyed a tunnel near the main pedestrian crossing of the Gaza...

    Ivanka Trump arrived in Israel yesterday for the opening of the US embassy in Jerusalem hours after the Israeli defence forces destroyed a tunnel near the main pedestrian crossing of the Gaza strip.

    Iran turns east, more than ever


    Tehran traffic is gridlocked half the time, and the city spends most of the year engulfed in smog, so it's not surprising that locals travel underground when they can - on a metro system that sometimes carries two million people a...

    Tehran traffic is gridlocked half the time, and the city spends most of the year engulfed in smog, so it's not surprising that locals travel underground when they can - on a metro system that sometimes carries two million people a day.
    Israel warns Assad to kick Iranian forces out of Syria

    Israel warns Assad to kick Iranian forces out of Syria


    Israel's defence minister has called on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to "get rid" of Iranian forces in Syria, warning their continued presence would only cause...

    Israel's defence minister has called on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to "get rid" of Iranian forces in Syria, warning their continued presence would only cause problems.
    Fears of war as Israel strikes back at Iran

    Fears of war as Israel strikes back at Iran


    Israel and Iran lurched closer to all-out war yesterday after the Israeli military claimed it struck "almost all" of Iran's bases in Syria in response to what it said was an Iranian rocket barrage fired at the Golan...

    Israel and Iran lurched closer to all-out war yesterday after the Israeli military claimed it struck "almost all" of Iran's bases in Syria in response to what it said was an Iranian rocket barrage fired at the Golan Heights.
    Irish troops forced to take cover during missile attack

    Irish troops forced to take cover during missile attack


    Almost 100 Irish peacekeeping troops had to take cover in heavily reinforced bunkers for five hours during a series of missile attacks across the Golan Heights early yesterday...

    Almost 100 Irish peacekeeping troops had to take cover in heavily reinforced bunkers for five hours during a series of missile attacks across the Golan Heights early yesterday morning.
    Israel hits dozens of targets in Syria after accusing Iran of rocket attack on Golan Heights

    Israel hits dozens of targets in Syria after accusing Iran of rocket attack on Golan Heights


    Israel and Iran lurched closer to an all out war in Syria on Thursday after Iranian forces allegedly fired rockets into the Golan Heights and Israel responded with some of its heaviest airstrikes in...

    Israel and Iran lurched closer to an all out war in Syria on Thursday after Iranian forces allegedly fired rockets into the Golan Heights and Israel responded with some of its heaviest airstrikes in years.
    Syrian state media says dozens of Israeli rockets fired into Syria

    Syrian state media says dozens of Israeli rockets fired into Syria


    Israel launched dozens of rockets into Syria early on Thursday, destroying a radar installation and hitting an ammunitions dump, Syrian state media reported after Israel's military said Iranian forces in Syria had shelled one of its outposts near the...

    Israel launched dozens of rockets into Syria early on Thursday, destroying a radar installation and hitting an ammunitions dump, Syrian state media reported after Israel's military said Iranian forces in Syria had shelled one of its outposts near the border.

    Netanyahu meets Putin amid new round of strikes in Syria


    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu travelled to Moscow yesterday to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin and discuss military co-ordination amid new strikes in Syria blamed on...

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu travelled to Moscow yesterday to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin and discuss military co-ordination amid new strikes in Syria blamed on Israel.
    Hezbollah and allies celebrate majority in Lebanese election

    Hezbollah and allies celebrate majority in Lebanese election


    Hezbollah has hailed a "great victory" in Lebanon's election, after the Iran-backed group and its allies looked set to secure a majority in...

    Hezbollah has hailed a "great victory" in Lebanon's election, after the Iran-backed group and its allies looked set to secure a majority in parliament.

    Johnson flies to US in bid to rescue Iran nuclear deal


    British, American and European diplomats are close to agreeing a joint approach to reining in Iran's territorial ambitions and missile programme, according to Boris Johnson, the British foreign secretary, who is due to arrive in Washington for last ditch...

    British, American and European diplomats are close to agreeing a joint approach to reining in Iran's territorial ambitions and missile programme, according to Boris Johnson, the British foreign secretary, who is due to arrive in Washington for last ditch talks to save the Iran nuclear deal.

    Hezbollah and allies on course for vote win in Lebanon


    The Iran-backed Shia group Hezbollah and its political allies are on course to win more than half the seats in Lebanon's first parliamentary election in nine years, according to preliminary results cited by politicians and Lebanese...

    The Iran-backed Shia group Hezbollah and its political allies are on course to win more than half the seats in Lebanon's first parliamentary election in nine years, according to preliminary results cited by politicians and Lebanese media.
    US Embassy road signs go up in Jerusalem ahead of opening

    US Embassy road signs go up in Jerusalem ahead of opening


    At least three US Embassy road signs went up in Jerusalem yesterday ahead of next week's opening of the mission in accordance with President Donald Trump's recognition of the city as Israel's...

    At least three US Embassy road signs went up in Jerusalem yesterday ahead of next week's opening of the mission in accordance with President Donald Trump's recognition of the city as Israel's capital.
    Saudi-led air strikes hit presidential palace in Yemen capital, killing at least six people

    Saudi-led air strikes hit presidential palace in Yemen capital, killing at least six people


    Air strikes by the Saudi-led coalition fighting Yemen's Shiite rebels have targeted the presidency building in the heart of the Yemeni capital, leaving at least six people dead and 30 wounded, according to health...

    Air strikes by the Saudi-led coalition fighting Yemen's Shiite rebels have targeted the presidency building in the heart of the Yemeni capital, leaving at least six people dead and 30 wounded, according to health officials.
    Pakistan's interior minister shot by assassin - officials

    Pakistan's interior minister shot by assassin - officials


    PAKISTAN'S interior minister Ahsan Iqbal survived an assassination attempt on Sunday, officials said, an incident likely to heighten political tensions ahead of general elections expected in late...

    PAKISTAN'S interior minister Ahsan Iqbal survived an assassination attempt on Sunday, officials said, an incident likely to heighten political tensions ahead of general elections expected in late July.

    North Korea says de-nuclearisation pledge not result of US-led sanctions


    North Korea said on Sunday its intention to denuclearise, unveiled at a historic inter-Korean summit, was not the result of U.S.-led sanctions and pressure, warning the United States not to mislead public...

    North Korea said on Sunday its intention to denuclearise, unveiled at a historic inter-Korean summit, was not the result of U.S.-led sanctions and pressure, warning the United States not to mislead public opinion.
    Talking tough about Iran

    Talking tough about Iran


    Iran has an exaggerated reputation in the Middle East for Machiavellian cunning and an ability to outmanoeuvre its enemies. Britain used to be regarded in the same light in the region: its most ill-considered actions were admired as devilishly clever...

    Iran has an exaggerated reputation in the Middle East for Machiavellian cunning and an ability to outmanoeuvre its enemies. Britain used to be regarded in the same light in the region: its most ill-considered actions were admired as devilishly clever plots when all it was doing was taking advantage of the blunders of its opponents.

    Secret Mossad raids that spirited away half a ton of documents


    The dilapidated warehouse in southern Tehran seemed an unlikely place for Iran to store its most sensitive nuclear secrets. But according to Israeli officials, the storage facility in the Shorabad neighbourhood had been chosen precisely because of its...

    The dilapidated warehouse in southern Tehran seemed an unlikely place for Iran to store its most sensitive nuclear secrets. But according to Israeli officials, the storage facility in the Shorabad neighbourhood had been chosen precisely because of its unassuming appearance.
    We don't want a war with Iran, says Netanyahu

    We don't want a war with Iran, says Netanyahu


    ISRAEL'S prime minister said yesterday that he was not seeking a military confrontation with Iran, even as he continued his public campaign to convince Donald Trump to strengthen the 2015 nuclear deal or pull the US out of...

    ISRAEL'S prime minister said yesterday that he was not seeking a military confrontation with Iran, even as he continued his public campaign to convince Donald Trump to strengthen the 2015 nuclear deal or pull the US out of it.
    Israel says nuclear deal 'is based on Iranian lies'

    Israel says nuclear deal 'is based on Iranian lies'


    Israel has accused Iran of lying to the world about its nuclear weapons programme both before and since the 2015 nuclear deal after Israeli intelligence stole 100,000 files from a secret "atomic archive" in...

    Israel has accused Iran of lying to the world about its nuclear weapons programme both before and since the 2015 nuclear deal after Israeli intelligence stole 100,000 files from a secret "atomic archive" in Tehran.
    BBC journalist among dozens killed in day of carnage

    BBC journalist among dozens killed in day of carnage


    One of the BBC's reporters in Afghanistan has been killed in an attack in the eastern Khost province, the broadcaster...

    One of the BBC's reporters in Afghanistan has been killed in an attack in the eastern Khost province, the broadcaster said.

    European leaders unite on Iran deal as Pompeo hints at pull-out by US


    The new US secretary of state has described Iran "as the greatest sponsor of terrorism in the world" yesterday in a further signal that America intends to pull out of the Iran nuclear...

    The new US secretary of state has described Iran "as the greatest sponsor of terrorism in the world" yesterday in a further signal that America intends to pull out of the Iran nuclear deal.
    Refugees caught in 'death camp' as Assad forces attack

    Refugees caught in 'death camp' as Assad forces attack


    The largest Palestinian refugee camp in Syria has been "transformed into a death camp" as Assad regime forces press ahead with a major offensive against Isil fighters who control the area, the UN has...

    The largest Palestinian refugee camp in Syria has been "transformed into a death camp" as Assad regime forces press ahead with a major offensive against Isil fighters who control the area, the UN has warned.