Palestinians ride a donkey cart yesterday past the ruins of houses that witnesses said were destroyed during the Israeli offensive in Johr El-Deek village near the central Gaza Strip. Photograph: Reuters/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa

Talks between Palestinian and Israeli negotiators got off to a rocky start yesterday with sharp exchanges between Israel and Hamas as both sides striv(...)

Gazans, who may wait for a month for a permit to cross their borders, want easier passage. Photograph: EPA/Abir Sultan

The 72-hour Gaza ceasefire collapsed early yesterday because neither side was prepared to cede or compromise on key demands and Egypt, the go-between (...)

Actor Eamon Morrissey: fond memories of Dún Laoghaire in the 1970s .Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The Dún Laoghaire seafront resembles Monaco, but the main street is Beirut, a local businessman suggested during a public debate on the borough’s f(...)

Milan judges have ordered Mr Berlusconi to do at least four hours per week of community service, in the wake of a four year (reduced to one) sentence last year for tax fraud on the part of his Mediaset TV company. Photograph: Stefano Rellandini/Reuters

Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi arrived 15 minutes early this morning for his community service appointment at the Sacra Famiglia old (...)

Marcello Dell’Utri: wire taps and police surveillance led police to believe he intended to abscond. Photograph: EPA/Tonino Di Marco

Mystery continues to surround the arrest in Beirut on Saturday of former Euro MP Marcello Del(...)

Yehya Chaker Charkieh (left), the millionth Syrian refugee in Lebanon, speaks to a representative at the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Tripoli, northern Lebanon, today. Photograph: Omar Ibrahim/Reuters

The number of Syrian refugees who have fled to Lebanon officially topped 1 million today, highlighting the growing humanitarian catastrophe cau(...)

Refugees: a young girl walks through the tent settlement in Bekaa. Photograph: Naoise Culhane 2:48

Before he left the war-ravaged Syrian city of Aleppo, more than three months ago, Malak Moaws owned two houses and drove a relatively new car. (...)

Refugees leave Syria at the border checkpoint in Dahuk, Iraq, in August 2013. Nearly half of all Syrians have been driven from their homes by the civil war and international observers fear there the conflict will only get worse. Photograph: Lynsey Addario/The New York Times

Day after day, the Syrian civil war has ground down a cultural and political centre of the Middle East, turning it into a stage for disaster and cr(...)

Mother Pelagia Sayyaf arrives in Damascus yesterday after her release.

Thirteen Greek Orthodox nuns and their three maids, held in captivity for more than three months by a Syrian rebel group affiliated to al-Qaeda(...)

Civil defence members carry a wounded woman as a Lebanese Army soldier secures the area at the site of an explosion in the southern suburbs of Beirut. Photograph: Mahmoud Kheir/Reuters

Two suicide bombers targeted the Iranian cultural centre in Beirut today, killing four people and themselves in an attack claimed by Sunni militant(...)