US secretary of state John Kerry leans his crutches on a table before delivering his statement on Cuba outside the hotel where the Iran nuclear talks meetings are being held in Vienna, Austria. Photograph: Carlos Barria/AFP/Getty Images

The global nuclear watchdog has said its head would fly to Tehran to discuss some of the last big issues that need to be resolved so that Iran and wor(...)

Serbian prime minister Aleksandar Vucic and Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orban in Budapest on Wednesday. Photograph: Bernadett Szabo/Reuters

(...) travelled from the Middle East through Turkey and the Balkans. Serbian prime minister Aleksandar Vucic(...)

Saudi Arabian Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal said the pledge was a “commitment without boundaries. A commitment to all humankind.”. Photograph: Fayez Nureldine/AFP/Getty Images

(...) to western academic institutions studying Islam and the Middle East. He has funded centres at(...)

Islamic State-affiliated militants launched a wide-scale co-ordinated assault on several military checkpoints in Egypt’s North Sinai on Wednesday. Photograph: Mohamed Kamal/EPA

Egypt’s army said yesterday that more than 100 militants and 17 soldiers were killed in simultaneous attacks on military checkpoints in North Sinai, i(...)

Members of Ezzedine al-Qassam brigades, the armed wing of Hamas movement marching in Gaza on Monday. Photograph: Mahmud Hamsmahmud/AFP/Getty Images

Islamic State insurgents threatened on Tuesday to turn the Gaza Strip into another of their Middle(...)

Syrians gather as Turkey’s  Recep Tayyip Erdogan speaks at the Akcakale refugee camp in Urfa. Photograph: STR/AFP/Getty Images

It says something about the scale of the Syria disaster when the first half-dozen conversations to be heard upon arriving in Urfa, an ancient Turkish (...)

People gather at the site of a car bomb attack in Sanaa yesterday. Photograph: Reuters/Khaled Abdullah

(...) came as IS group broadened its assault on Shia Muslims in the Middle East, claiming responsibility for(...)

An Afghan policeman inspects the site of a suicide bomb attack on a Nato convoy in Kabul, Afghanistan. Photograph: Omar Sobhani/Reuters

A Taliban suicide car bomb attack on a convoy of Nato troops in Kabul wounded 21 Afghan civilians and killed one, police and witnesses said. Two coali(...)

Domini Kemp’s Asian Gazpacho. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

(...) a little, so fresh, zingy Asian and Middle Eastern dishes often appeal at this time of year. An(...)

Military and migration

(...) solutions to conflicts across Africa and the Middle East; open realistic legal and safe channels of(...)