An Israeli soldier stands near the bodies of a   Palestinian and Isreali killed    at a West Bank petrol station: Eighty-six Palestinians,   20 Israelis and an American student have been killed in the spate of violence since October 1st. Photograph: Jim Hollander/EPA

A Palestinian stabbed and killed an Israeli at a petrol station in the Israeli-occupied West Bank on Monday. Meanwhile, in Jerusalem two Palestinian (...)

Medics covering the body of an Israeli civilian killed in a stabbing attack in Tel Aviv, Israel, today. Photograph:  Zaka/EPA

Two attacks by Palestinians, including a stabbing at an office building in Tel Aviv, have killed three Israelis, intensifying a two-month-long wave of(...)

Iraqi Yazidi people fleeing IS in August 2014. More than a thousand women and girls were kidnapped. Younger girls were shared out among fighters, older women murdered. One mass grave held the bodies of around 80 women, all apparently over the age of 40.  (Adam Ferguson/The New York Times)

Kurdish forces announced last Friday that they had driven Islamic State out of Sinjar, a town of some 40,000 citizens on the Syria-Iraq border which h(...)

An Israeli police officer fires tear gas at Palestinian protesters during clashes in the West Bank city of Bethlehem on Friday. Photograph: Reuters/Ammar Awad

A Palestinian gunman killed two Israelis in the southern West Bank on Friday, the military said, while in the nearby city of Hebron Israeli troops sho(...)

Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu will be hosted by US president Barack Obama at the White House today. Photograph: Abir Sultan/EPA

A Palestinian driver was shot dead after ramming his car into a bus stop in the occupied West Bank, injuring four people. Paramilitary police troopers(...)

Tel Aviv: a billboard bearing a portrait of the late Israeli prime minister Yitzhak Rabin, ahead of a memorial rally marking the 20th anniversary of his assassination. Photograph: Jack Guez/AFP/Getty Images

Wednesday marks the 20th anniversary of the assassination of Yitzhak Rabin, Israel’s former prime minister, who was shot by right-wing extremist Yigal(...)

Ciarán Ó Cuinn, director of the Middle East Desalination Research Center (MEDRC), Muscat, Oman.

One of the biggest challenges of the 21st century is dealing with water scarcity. As the impact of climate change begins to be felt, many people are l(...)

A Palestinian protester uses a sling to hurl stones at Israeli troops during clashes following a protest demanding Israel to return the dead bodies of Palestinians who allegedly stabbed Israelis, in the West Bank city of Hebron. Photograph: Mussa Qawasma/Reuters

Two Palestinians were shot dead after stabbing and wounding an Israeli soldier in the occupied West Bank on Tuesday, the Israeli military have said, a(...)

US secretary of state John Kerry. He said Israel gave assurances it had no intention of changing the status quo at the al-Aqsa mosque compound. Photograph: AFP Photo//Brian Snyder

Palestinian officials reacted warily on Sunday to what US secretary of state John Kerry hailed as Jordan’s “excellent suggestion” to calm Israeli-Pale(...)

 Hebron, on February 2014: Many of those taking to the streets to throw stones at Israeli soldiers have no memory  of the suffering of the second intifada.  HAZEM BADER/AFP/Getty Images

The shaky mobile phone footage shows the prostrate figure of a young man, writhing in a pool of blood as people rush past. A small crowd gathers aroun(...)