Rally: a Palestinian Hamas supporter in the West Bank. Photograph: Alaa Badarneh/EPA
What next for Hamas?

Ten days after the ceasefire Raji Sourani’s rage still boils. He brushes aside my questions about Hamas rule, the execution of collaborators, and Pale(...)

Palestinian children play in the ruins of a demolished mosque and water tower in Khuza’a, Gaza. Photograph:  Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

If Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas succeeds in his bid to take Israel to the International Criminal Court for war crimes in Gaza, investigators(...)

Palestinian militants from the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestinian take part in a military display in Gaza City yesterday. Photograph: Mohammed Salem/Reuters

When Hamas executed 21 alleged Israeli collaborators on August 21st and 22nd, Tasmeem (16) was very happy. Tasmeem’s father, Zuheir, was executed duri(...)

A Palestinian man and three children survey the destruction in Shejaia. Photograph: Roberto Schmidt/AFP/Getty Images

Adala Abu Medein named the centre she founded for autistic and Down syndrome children Right to Live. The Abu Medeins are an influential old Gaza famil(...)

Sa’ed, Safa (with baby Abdallah) and Naima are among 10 people living in a badly damaged house in Shejaia. Photograph: Lara Marlowe

There appeared to be a method to the bombing of Gaza for 50 days in July and August, or at least a pattern. In eastern parts of the tiny enclave, alon(...)

Fuzzy policies: François Hollande speaks in the rain this week. Photograph: Philippe Wojazer/Reuters

François Hollande loves historic commemorations so much that he’s already made 25 speeches about the two World Wars. As his government collapsed la(...)

Christine Lagarde, managing director of International Monetary Fund (IMF): placed under formal investigation for “negligence” in the Bernard Tapie financial scandal. Photograph: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

Christine Lagarde, the director of the International Monetary Fund, has been placed under formal investigation for “negligence” in the Bernard Tapi(...)

French president François:  has gone from saying ‘finance is the enemy’ during the 2012 presidential campaign to espousing supply-side economics. Photograph: Reuters/Philippe Wojazer

France’s rebel economy minister Arnaud Montebourg was replaced yesterday in the new government by Emmanuel Macron (36), the outgoing deputy secretary (...)

French president Francois Hollande watches as prime minister Manuel Valls leaves after their meeting at the Elysee Palace in Paris yesterday. Photograph: John Schults/Reuters

By dissolving his government yesterday, for the second time, French president François Hollande salvaged his authority and cut short criticism of his (...)

Arnaud Montebourg: said France “must raise its voice” with Germany. Photograph: EPA/Etienne Laurent

President Francois Hollande was yesterday plunged into the greatest political crisis of his presidency when the French government collapsed followin(...)