General John Campbell testifies before the Senate armed services committee in Washington, DC. The commander said the MSF hospital was “mistakenly struck” by US forces. Photograph: Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images

US special forces, rather than their Afghan allies, called in the deadly air strike on the Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) hospital in Kunduz, the U(...)

A Palestinian woman inspects  heavy damage in  a house in East Jerusalem after Israeli security forces destroyed it and another home on October 6th, 2015. Photograph: Thomas Coex/AFP/Getty Images

Israeli forces destroyed the homes of two Palestinian militants and sealed off part of a third in Jerusalem on Tuesday, in a crackdown launched by pri(...)

 Bestselling Swedish crime writer Henning Mankel, whose most famous creation was the detective Kurt Wallander, has died  at the age of 67. Photograph: Nora Lorek/AFP/Getty Images

Henning Mankell, who has died aged 67, after being diagnosed with cancer last year, established almost single-handedly the global picture of Sweden as(...)

The Palestinian flag flies beside the flag of the United Nations after being raised by President Mahmoud Abbas. Photograph: Andrew Kelly/Reuters

Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas yesterday accused Israel of sabotaging US efforts to broker peace and said that Israeli security operations at the(...)

Human rights lawyer Raji Sourani says Gaza is trapped in a “criminal, illegal and inhuman siege” which is “suffocating its people socially and economically and sending Gaza back to the Middle Ages”.  Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Ireland must play a greater role “morally, politically and legally” in calling for an end to the siege and “crimes against humanity” on the Gaza Strip(...)

A soldier looks at smoke billowing from the site of a Saudi-led air strike on a Houthi position in the Yemeni frontline province of Marib on September 15th, 2015. Photograph:  REUTERS/Stringer

If displaced people had a country of their own it would be bigger than Spain. The numbers – 50 million and rising – are set to grow, soon and signific(...)

Smoke from fireworks fired towards Israeli border police spreads at al-Aqsa mosque complex, during clashes with Palestinians, in Jerusalem’s Old City.  Photograph: Abir Sultan/EPA

Israeli police raided the plaza outside Jerusalem’s al-Aqsa mosque on Sunday in what they said was a bid to head off Palestinian attempts to disrupt v(...)

Israel’s prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu (right) and cabinet secretary Avichai Mandelblit (left) arrive at the weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem. Photograph: Menahem Kahana/Reuters

Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday rejected a call by Israel’s opposition leader to provide refuge to Syrian refugees, saying the cou(...)

Palestinians working  on a  building  destroyed during the conflict  in the summer of last year in Gaza. Photograph:  Mohammed Abed/AFP/Getty Images

Without urgent remedial action, Gaza may become uninhabitable by 2020 as a result of Israel’s military operations and siege and blockade, the Unite(...)

The situation in Gaza has been exacerbated by three Israeli military operations in the past six years and nearly a decade-long economic blockade.  Photograph: Tomas Munita/The New York Times

The Gaza Strip, ravaged by wars and nearly a decade of a gruelling Israeli blockade, could become uninhabitable for residents within just five years, (...)