The Temple of Bel before and after the destruction at  Palmyra. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Saudi Arabia’s puritan Wahhabi doctrine is the font of Islamic State beliefs

The Greco-Roman Temple of Bel in Palmyra, Syria, which the Islamic State group targeted. Photograph: Reuters/Sandra Auger

Outer walls and columns of 2,000-year-old temple said to be still standing in spite of Sunday’s massive explosion

Al-Jazeera journalists Mohammed Fahmy and Baher Mohammed wait for the verdict. Photograph: Reuters/Asmaa Waguih

International condemnation of journalists’ sentences ‘unacceptable interference’

Residents cover their noses as they walk past garbage piled up along a street in Beirut, Lebanon, on Wednesday. Photograph:  Mohamed Azakir/Reuters

Trash continues to pile up in streets of Beirut as no new landfill site has been designated

The sons of Khaled al-Asaad, the late 83-year old retired chief archaeologist of the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra, Omar and Mohamad, display a portrait of their father during a ceremony in his memory at the National Museum in Damascus. Photograph: Louai Beshara/AFP/Getty Images

Condemnation of the murder gives Islamic State the publicity it craves

Stephen O’Brien, United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, with Syrian refugees during his visit to a makeshift settlement  in Lebanon. Photograph:  Mohamed Azakir/Reuters

Violence and food shortages continue as UN warns that 13 million need aid

The ancient city of Palmyra. Photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Khaled al-Asaad (82) had worked on the excavation of Palmyra’s 2,000-year-old ruins

Egyptian president Abdel Fattah al-Sisi: The law he ratified has been criticised by the Journalists Syndicate, media workers and human rights activists, who argue that key provisions would muzzle the press.  Photograph: Amr Abdallah Dalsh/Reuters

Death penalty possible for those convicted of forming, financing or leading terrorist cells

A young woman gets Yemen’s national flag painted on her face during a protest against the Saudi-led coalition outside the offices of the United Nations in Yemen’s capital Sana’a, on Tuesday. Photograph: Khaled Abdullah/Reuters

Scarcity of medical facilities in additionto to food shortages reaching dangerous levels

Haidar al-Abadi: won the support of his cabinet to eliminate a layer of senior government positions. Photograph: Reuters/Iraqi PM Media Office

Haidar al-Abadi takes anti-corruption measures in face of mounting unrest

Russia’s foreign minister Sergey Lavrov, and US secretary of state John Kerry,  before a trilateral meeting on Monday in Doha. Photograph: Brendan Smialowski/ pool photo via AP

Russia urges world powers to join forces with Syrian government to fight Islamic State

A Lebanese woman covers her nose from the smell as she walks on a street partly blocked by piles of garbage in Beirut. Photograph: Hassan Ammar/AP

Government inaction on rubbish left on streets is blamed on political difficulties

Residents queueing for humanitarian aid at the Palestinian refugee camp of Yarmouk, Damascus, in March. Photograph: Reuters

Disease could spread to capital Damascus if Unwra continues to be stopped from helping

Syrian vendors prepare sweets ahead of celebrations of Eid al-Fitr at the al-Jazmatia market in the al-Midan neighbourhood of Damascus. Photograph: Youssef Basawi/EPA

The diplomatic quarter of Abu Rummaneh is a world away from the rest of Syria’s capital

Maaloula: the 14th-century Christian town in Syria which is rising again after eight months of occupation by insurgents. Photograph: Michael Jansen

Debris has been cleared and repairs are under way since Christian/Muslim clashes of 2013

Lebanon’s Hizbullah deputy leader Sheikh Naim Qassem speaks as Syrian foreign minister Walid al-Moualem (centre) and Iran’s minister of culture  Ali Jannati listen during the International Media Conference Against Terrorism in Damascus. Photograph: Omar Sanadiki/Reuters

Syrian president acknowledges ‘important’ input from Hizbullah

Saudi Arabia’s crown prince and interior minister Mohammed bin Nayef Al Saud (left) said terrorist incidents would not destabilise the kingdom. Photograph: Saudi Press Agency/AFP/Getty Images

Kingdom says it has foiled attacks on mosques, foreign diplomatic mission

Anti-Houthi  fighters  prepare to go to the frontline  in Yemen’s southern port city of Aden on Thursday. Photograph: Reuters

City key to getting control of country from rebels, says exiled president

As final touches were being put to the text, US president Barack Obama sought to allay the concerns of King Salman of Saudi Arabia

Response of Saudi Arabia and the UAE is tepid but others hail pact

Deal on nuclear weapons ensures chance of thaw in US-Iran relations. Photograph: Getty Images

Agreement ends decades of sanctions and may allow reforms in country of 77.5m people

Houthi fighters travel on the back of a patrol truck in Yemen’s capital, Sanaa. Photograph: Khaled Abdullah/Reuters

Aid to reach all parts of country as Saudi blockade threatens famine

Demonstrators supporting Greece in front of the EU office  in Nicosia last week. Photograph: Yiannis Kourtoglou/Reuters

Cyprus, a small country heavily reliant on Greece, is facing its own fragile recovery

An Islamic State fighter destroys ancient objects  from Palmyra, as others watch on in the town of Manbij, northeast of Aleppo. Photograph: Kim Doo-Ho/AFP/Getty Images

Bombing conducted in reaction to offensive from fundamentalist alliance in Aleppo

The killing of Hisham Barakat is the first assassination of a senior state official since the 2013 ousting of then president Mohamed Morsi. Photograph: Tahseen Bakr/Almasry Alyoum/EPA

Remotely-controlled bomb in car also injures two drivers, civilian and five security men

Coffins draped with Kuwaiti flags belonging to victims of the Kuwaiti Shia mosque  bombing,  which have been brought to  Najaf, Iraq, for burial. Photograph: jaber al-helo/AP/

Islamic State admits attack, the first of its kind in Kuwait

Syrian Kurds waiting behind barbed wired on the Syrian side of the border with Turkey after they fled the Syrian town of Kobane. Photograph: Bulent Kilic/AFP/Getty Images

IS selects targets giving it strategic dominance and access to economic assets providing independence

Islamic State militants carry plastic containers full of explosives as they prepare to blow up mausoleums in the historic town of Palmyra, Syria. Photograph: the website of Islamic State militants via AP

The 2,000-year-old UNESCO site could still be destroyed despite pledges to preserve it

Members of the Druze community watch the fighting in the Druze village of Hader, in Syria, last week as they stand on the Israeli side of the border fence between Syria and the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, near Majdal Shams. Photograph: Baz Ratner/Reuters

Druze leaders demand intervention using the Israeli air force

 Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas addressing the Revolutionary Council in the West Bank town of Ramallah. Photograph: OSAMA FALAH/EPA

Abbas asks outgoing prime minister to nominate replacement cabinet

Syrian Kurdish fighters celebrate on Monday after wresting Tal Abyad from Islamic State. Photograph: Rodi Said/Reuters

Syrian Kurds gain control of frontier as Ankara speaks of ethnic cleansing

 Syrian refugees waiting on the Syrian side of the border crossing  near Akcakale, in Turkey’s Sanliurfa province, on Wednesday. Iran has denied it has deployed troops in Syria to bolster the Syrian army and its militia allies although this has been widely reported in the Syrian media. Photograph: Sedat Suna/EPA

US playing down Iran’s investment so as not to undermine nuclear negotiations

Fighters from a coalition of rebel groups called “Jaish al Fateh” in an underpass near Psoncol, in the Idlib countryside, Syria. Photograph: Mohamad Bayoush/Reuters

Foreign forces arrive as Islamic State has said it will mount an offensive against the capital

Rawabi will have 23 neighbourhoods, schools, mosque, church, shops,  commercial centre, restaurants and cafes, cinemas and an amphitheatre. Photograph:  Ahmad Gharabli/AFP/Getty Images

Against all odds, a flagship Palestinian city is rising up on the West Bank

Palestinians jump into a water canal used for irrigation to cool off as temperatures soared to 44 degrees in late May in the West Bank city of Jericho. inhabited for 10,000 years, Jericho vies with Damascus as the oldest city in the world. Photograph: Abbas Momani/AFP/Getty Images

Although classified as Area A, under full Palestinian control, ‘every day Israeli soldiers enter the area’

An Israeli soldier pushes a Palestinian protester during scuffles at a demonstration against Palestinian land confiscation by Israel in the West Bank village of Massara, near Bethlehem. Photograph: Abed Al Hashlamoun/EPA

The way forward is likely to be forged by non-violent methods

Children queue for water in the northwestern Syrian city of Ariha, in Idlib province, on Tuesday, after a coalition of insurgent groups seized the area. Syria has seen an increased flow of weapons and funds and an influx of fighters to insurgent and jihadi groups. Photogaph:  Khalil Ashawi/Reuters

Washington following the Saudi-Qatari lead rather than the other way around

Dresses from Jordan in Amman’s Tiraz centre, a museum displaying a one-woman collection of traditional Arab dress. Photograph: Michael Jansen

A lifetime’s pursuit of fine embroidered attire sheds light on centuries of heritage

Armed Yemeni children sit in the back of a lorry with fighters loyal to Yemen’s Saudi-backed President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi in the southern Yemeni city of Aden. Photograph: Saleh Al-Obeidi/AFP/Getty Images

Saudi military strikes on Sanaa intensify before start of truce

Syrian refugee children at the souk in Al- Azraq camp for Syrian refugees in Jordan.  Photograph: Jordan Pix/Getty Images

Jordanians fear Syrian refugees will want to settle permanently

Jordan’s Queen Rania holds a picture of pilot Muath al-Kasasbeh who was executed by the Islamic State earlier this year. Photograph: Petra News Agency/Reuters

Popular risings in neighbouring countries have served to enforce Jordan’s status quo

A member of  the Popular Resistance Committees loyal to Yemen’s fugitive president Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi keeps position in the city of Taiz.  Photograph: Abdel Rahman Abdallah/AFP/Getty Images

Conflicting reports of coalition force entering Yemeni city to defend airport

Saudi interior minister Prince Mohammed bin Nayef has been appointed crown prince. Prince Nayef is said to be the most powerful figure in the country. Photograph: Hamad I Mohammed/Reuters

King Salman elevates nephew and son to crown prince and deputy crown prince

  Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan: “We will continue to be on Yemen’s side, whether in humanitarian or in other ways.” Photograph: EPA/Turkish Presidental Press Office

Turkey welcomes end of air strikes while US calls for resumption of UN peace talks

Residents wait in line to receive food aid in Yarmouk camp. Fighting between militants over control of the camp has only compounded the misery of residents already suffering from acute shortages of food, clean water and power. Photograph: Moayad Zaghmout/Reuters

Fighters thought to have colluded with Jabhat al-Nusra to harm Hamas affiliate

Dubai’s ruler, Mohamed bin Rashid al-Maktoum, is the visionary behind the emirate’s drive to be first, biggest and best in all things. Photograph: Ali Haider/EPA

Staggering 70 million pass through Dubai’s futuristic airport each year

Women carry banners during a protest against Saudi-led air strikes on Yemen, in front of the offices of the United Nations headquarters in Beirut April 9th, 2015. Photograph: Aziz Taher/Reuters

Saudi Arabia’s new king, Salman bin Abdel Aziz, has powerful domestic reasons for waging a war

 South Yemenis stand on a tank used by militiamen loyal to the Saudi-backed Yemeni president, Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi, following clashes with Houthi fighters in the  port city of Aden on Wednesday. Photograph: EPA

Red Cross calls for temporary ceasefire to facilitate medical teams and supplies

 Palestinian families  at a makeshift centre in Damascus, Syria, after being evacuated from Yarmouk camp in southern Damascus. Photograph: EPA/SANA

Urgent plea for humanitarian access to Palestinian camp invaded by IS militants

Fighters from a coalition of Islamist forces walk  in the Syrian city of Idlib, the second provincial capital to fall from government control. Photograph:  Zein Al-Rifai/AFP/Getty Images

Total has risen sharply from a few thousand a decade ago to over 25,000 today, says report

EU high representative for foreign affairs and security policy Federica Mogherini and Iranian foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, in Lausanne, Switzerland. Photograph: Jean-Christophe Bott/EPA

Breakthrough could mean Tehran rejoins international community and repairs economy

A member of the Iraqi security forces stands inside a damaged house in the southern entrance of the city of Tikrit on Sunday. Photograph:  Ahmad al-Rubaye/Getty Images

Shia militias ignore preconditions for US air strikes, as tiny IS force holds on to city

 Yemenis gather beside a burning vehicle allegedly belonged to Houthi fighters following clashes with tribal militiamen loyal to Yemeni president Abdo Rabbo Mansour Hadi.

The deployment against the Houthi indicates an all-out Saudi offensive

Crac des Chevaliers, an 11th century crusader castle in Syria which has been reclaimed by the country’s department of antiquities, having been seized by insurgents in 2012. Photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Authorities avert destruction at some sites by moving artefacts to safety

Children playing at a makeshift settlement for Syrian refugees in Bar Elias, in the Bekaa valley. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said more than 215,000 people have been killed since the start of the crisis in 2011, about  half of them civilians. Photograph: Jamal Saidi/Reuters

Conflict takes heavy toll as fear and crime grind down a dispersed people

Bakdash, a modest shop planted in the centre of 18th-century Souq al-Hamidiya in Damascus, is mobbed from morning to night

Damascus shop Bakdash serves 15,000 customers daily despite shattered economy

Syrian opposition leader Khaled Khoja speaks after a meeting in Paris earlier this month. Photograph: Guillaume Horcajuelo/EPA

Years of carnage are forcing rival groups to see the value of a united national vision

An Islamic State loyalist in Raqqa, Syria, on June 29th, 2014. Men who live in the IS-controlled city told The Irish Times the city has “no government”. Photograph: Reuters

Men who fled Raqqa describe life in city ‘with no law, no courts, no schools, no universities’

Syrians enjoy a snack in a park in the city of Damascus. The war in Syria is entering its fifth year. Photograph: Louai Beshara/AFP/Getty Images

In part one of a series, Damascus is bursting with life, but there is neither peace nor safety

A 2001 file picture taken shows Iraqi workers cleaning a statue of winged bull at an archeological site in Nimrud, which has been levelled by Islamic State. Photograph: Karim Sahib/AFP

Bulldozing of capital of Assyrian empire condemned as ‘cultural barbarism’

Members of the Iraqi security forces and Shia fighters celebrate after taking control of the town of Hamrin from Islamic State militants, on Tuesday. Two of the Shia militias most feared by Sunnis are taking part in the ongoing offensive to take Tikrit. Photograph:Thaier Al-Sudani/Reuters

US and Iran have joined soldiers, militiamen and tribesmen in crucial campaign for strategic city

A Palestinian girl  carries her sister during a protest in the southern Gaza Strip calling for reconstruction of houses. Some 150,000 Gazans remain homeless. Photograph: Ibraheem Abu Mustafa/Reuters

Failure of donors to honour pledges and Israel’s withholding of revenues, cited by senior PA figure

At least 70 Syrian army soldiers and 86 insurgents have reportedly died in clashes during an offensive to cut off insurgent supply lines in Aleppo. Photograph: Hosam Katan/Reuters

Trial ceasefire proposal put to UN Security Council following talks with Assad

Neighbours and friends of the relatives of Egyptian Coptic men killed in Libya attend Mass in south Cairo. A banner with pictures of the men who were killed is displayed on the church wall. Photograph: Asmaa Waguih/Reuters

Raids in retaliation for killing of 21 hostages escalate 20-month campaign

Canadian Al-Jazeera English journalist Mohamed Fahmy arrives to talk to the judge  near Tora prison in Cairo, Egypt. An Egyptian judge  has ordered Mr Fahmy and another Al-Jazeera English journalist, Baher Mohammed,  to be released on bail  as their retrial on terror-related charges continues. Photograph: Hassan AmmarAP

High court had overturned original sentences for assisting illegal Muslim Brotherhood

Egyptian relatives of the members of security forces killed in North Sinai province during an attack arrive at Cairo military airport in  Egypt. Photograph: Mohamed El-Shahed/AFP/Getty Images

Outlawed Muslim Brotherhood goes on attack ahead of March elections

Omaima (left) Fatima and Somaia Halawa sisters of Ibrahim Halawa whose trial in Egypt has been postponed. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/The Irish Times

Announcement made without giving cause, trial to resume on March 29th in new venue

The father of IS-murdered Jordanian pilot Muath al-Kaseasbeh is surrounded by family and security during a mourning ceremony at his family clan headquarters in Karak, Jordan. Photograph: Khalil Mazraawiafp/Getty

Amman pre-empts tribesmen’s revenge for killing of Muath al-Kaseasbeh with executions

US president Barack Obama: said video would redouble the determination of the US-led coalition to “degrade and defeat” Islamic State. Photograph: Alex Wong/Getty Images

US president says video of Muath Kaseasbeh execution is further evidence of IS ‘viciousness and barbarity’

Men chant outside a social hall in Amman, Jordan, with a picture of Jordanian pilot Muath al-Kaseasbeh after a video of his purported execution was released by IS. Photograph: Warrick Page/The New York Times)

Kingdom has been in two minds over participation in US-led coalition

President of Cyprus Nikos Anastasiadis (left) welcomes  new Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras in Nicosia on Monday. The euro zone “would be maimed without Greece and Cyprus”, said Mr Tsipras.  Photograph: Katia Christodoulou/EPA

On first foreign trip in office, Greek PM says Cyprus should follow example of Athens

Australian journalist Peter Greste: his release was granted under a law permitting deportation of foreigners to their home countries for trial or to serve out sentences. Photograph: Khaled Elfiqi/EPA

Canadian-Egyptian Mohamed Fahmy could be deported but Egyptian Baher Mohamed remains in jail

 Mahmoud Bazzi (centre),   is suspected of murdering two Irish soldiers  serving with the United Nations 34 years ago. Photograph: PA

Privates Derek Smallhorne and Thomas Barrett were killed while serving in Lebanon

A video grab image from 2005 shows Sajida al-Rishawi, who tried to blow herself up at a hotel in Amman. Islamic State wants her released from a Jordanian prision in return for the release of air force pilot Muath al-Kasaesbeh. Photograph: Jordan TV/Reuters

While Muath al-Kasaesbeh is highly respected, Sajida al-Rishawi has blood on her hands

Egyptian youths shout slogans at a protest in Cairo yesterday commemorating the anniversary of the 2011 uprising. Photograph: Mohamed Shokry Algarnoussi/EPA

Clashes between police and protesters on anniversary of struggle leave dozens hurt

A Houthi fighter  in Sanaa. Yemen’s  rebels have welcomed proposed concessions but their gunmen still hold positions outside the presidential palace. Photograph: Khaled Abdullah/Reuters

Hadi decision marks abrupt turnaround after power-sharing deal was agreed

An airstrike from US-led coalition in the city of Kobani, Syria, in November. Islamic State laid siege to Kobani, in September.  The fighting continues with most residents having fled but the city is being defended by the People’s Protection Units (YPG). Photograph: Aris Messinis/AFP/Getty Images

Lack of coherence in US foreign policy collides with local matrix of loyalties

A supporter of former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak celebrates after a court in Cairo found in his favour. Photograph: EPA

Court rules proper procedures not followed in case

A street vendor sells bananas close to a market in Cairo. Photograph:  Mohamed Abd El Ghany/Reuters

Government accused of moving too slowly

 Egyptian Coptic Pope Tawadros II (left), and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi (centre), speak at the Coptic Cathedral of Saint Marcos in Cairo. Photograph: Khaled Elfiqi/EPA

Egyptian president surprises congregation with speech at Coptic Christmas Eve service

Ireland’s ambassador Isolde Moylan with Palestinian president Yasser Arafat, whom she met dozens of times, in his compound in Ramallah in 2000

Isolde Moylan, who retires this year, recalls the more challenging postings of her career

A Syrian refugee camp. Last spring Lebanon began to limit the number of Syrians granted entry for “humanitarian” reasons. Photograph: Khalil Mazraawi/AFP/Getty Images

Number of refugees from Syria’s conflict has reached 25 per cent of Lebanese population

Entry to Hague court to enable investigation of alleged war crimes

Displaced: a Syrian woman who has fled Raqqa wails after passing through a Turkish border gate in September. Photograph: Orhan Cicek/Anadolu/Getty

The conquest of the Iraqi city of Mosul and the brutal beheading of five westerners in June finally shocked other countries out (...)

Pope Francis and other senior Christian and Muslim clerics have urged members of the ancient Christian communities of the Middle East to stay on in the region despite conflict and discrimination. Photograph: Reuters/Osservatore Romano

Clerics express concern faithful could disappear from heartland

A fruit vendor  at a Cairo market. Government interventions aim to improve life for Egyptians. Photograph: Mahmoud Khaled/AFP/Getty Images

Growth is forecast at 3.8% but clear economic plan may be lacking

Ousted Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi gestures during his trial on charges of spying and terrorism. Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood organisation has been desigated a terrorist group by Cairo. Photograph: Amr Abdallah Dalsh/Reuters

New law seen by human rights organisations as a catch-all measure to crush dissent

A file picture of Egyptian Coptic children attending a  new year Mass  at the Virgin Mary Coptic Christian church in  Al-Warrak, Cairo. The Egyptian capital this Christmas is a sanctuary for Syrian, Sudanese, Libyan, Somali, and Palestinian refugees. Photograph: Khaled Desouki/AFP/Getty Images

Egyptians celebrate festive season in spite of their country’s continuing troubles

Cairo University students shout slogans against the government and light a flare in protest at a court’s decision to drop a case against former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak over the killing of protesters in the 2011 uprising that ended his 30-year rule. Photograph: Amr Abdallah Dalsh/Reuters

Authorities accused of going easy on former president while imposing death sentences on dissidents

Omaima (left) Fatima and Somaia Halawa sisters of Ibrahim Halawa aged 18 who is currently in prison in Egypt, pictured in their home in Dublin. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Third postponement in case of 18-year-old held after arrest at pro-Morsi protest

Ousted Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak(86), lies on a gurney in the defendant’s cage during a court hearing in Cairo. Photograph:Tarek el-Gabbas/AP

Prosecutor-general to appeal verdict

Omaima (left) Fatima and Somaia Halawa sisters of Ibrahim Halawa aged 18 who is currently in prison in Egypt, pictured in their home in Dublin. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

18-year-old has been held in Tora Prison since last year after arrest at pro-Morsi protest

Palestinian school girls return to their houses in Beit Hanoun town in the northern Gaza Strip. Palestinian officials estimate that 100 lorry loads a day of the entire range of building supplies are needed to reconstruct Gaza. Photograph: Mohammed Salem/Reuters

Border still closed to 1,000 Palestinians in Gaza seeking treatment in Egypt and elsewhere

A man reads a copy of the Iranian ‘Hamshahri’ newspaper  with a headline reading: ‘The Geneva deal extended until first of July’. Photograph: Abedin Taherkenareh/EPA

Both Khamenei and Rouhani will need to play their cards carefully

Members of Iraqi Shiite militia al-Abbas brigades, who are fighting with Iraqi forces against Islamic state group, at Kitba village near Tikrit in northern Iraq. Photograph: Ali Mohammed/EPA

Washington to give anti-IS tribesmen $18-$24m worth of arms

An Israeli border policewoman patrols in a park in Jerusalem where Ethiopian Jews gathered yesterday. Photograph: Jim Hollander/EPA

Curbs on human rights are alienating the largely young dispossessed people

A relative of Uday and Rassan Abu Jamal, cousins who killed four worshippers in a Jerusalem synagogue, holds their pictures. Palestinian assaults on Israelis have surged recently. Photograph: Ammar Awad/Reuters

Violence likely to escalate as individuals pose challenge for Israeli and Palestinian leaders

Smoke rising from the Baiji oil refinery in northern Iraq. Iraqi forces appear to be lifting the months-long siege on the country’s main oil refinery. Photograph: EPA

Iraq’s new prime minister taking cautious steps to build a more united front

An armed Palestinian woman who supports the mainstream Fatah movement, and belongs to the al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, during a rally in the West Bank city of Hebron yesterday commemorating the 10th anniversary of the death of Yasser Arafat. Photograph: Abed Al Hashlamoun/EPA

Futile negotiations by Abbas may have put a third intifada firmly on the agenda

The bodies of members of the Abu Jamei family, who were  killed in an Israeli airstrike, are buried in Khan Younis, Gaza Strip, on July 21st.  Photograph: Sergey Ponomarev/The New York Times

Attacks on Palestinians showed ‘callous indifference’ to women, children and elderly

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