Jonathan Pollard is pictured im May 1991 file photo, six years after his 1985 arrest. File photograph: Reuters

Jonathan Pollard, a former US Navy intelligence analyst convicted of spying for Israel, will be released on parole on November 21st after 30 years in (...)

Protesters carry the coffin of Gunay Ozarslan, killed by Turkish police at an anti-terror operation, in Istanbul,  yesterday. Photograph: Sedat Suna/EPA

Today’s emergency meeting of Nato ambassadors in Brussels has focused minds on the increasingly complex geopolitical situation unfolding on the border(...)

Barrack Obama during a news conference in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, today. Photograph: STR/EPA

President Barack Obama has lashed out at Republican presidential candidates for making what he called “ridiculous” claims about his policies and “outr(...)

Lebanon’s Hizbullah deputy leader Sheikh Naim Qassem speaks as Syrian foreign minister Walid al-Moualem (centre) and Iran’s minister of culture  Ali Jannati listen during the International Media Conference Against Terrorism in Damascus. Photograph: Omar Sanadiki/Reuters

Syrian president Bashar al- Assad yesterday welcomed “positive” changes in western attitudes to the conflict in the country – suggesting the United St(...)

Events on Turkey’s troubled border with Syria have pushed its leaders into a major policy change towards the Syrian civil war. Last week’s decision th(...)

A handout picture released on the official Facebook page of the Syrian presidency shows president Bashar al-Assad giving a speech. Photograph: Getty

Syrian president Bashar al-Assad said on Sunday his army had been forced to give up areas in order to hold onto more important ones in its fight with (...)

Jonathan Pollard:some US officials hope his release would smooth relations with Israel following the Iran nuclear deal. Photograph: Karl DeBlaker/AP

The US justice departmetn last night denied a Wall Street Journal report that Washington is preparing to release Jonathan Pollard, a US Navy intellige(...)

Iranian president Hassan Rouhani: “This is a new page in history,” he said, reiterating that the deal had launched a phase of reconciliation with the outside world. Photograph: Atta Kenare/AFP/Getty Images

Iranian president Hassan Rouhani defended Iran’s nuclear deal with world powers after it came under attack from conservatives at home, arguing on T(...)

According to a report published in March by Ahmed Shaheed, the UN special rapporteur on Iran, at least 753 people were executed in 2014, a 12-year high. Photograph: Morteza Nikoubazl/Reuters

Iran is thought to have executed nearly 700 people in the first half of 2015, according to reports compiled by Amnesty International that far exceed t(...)

US defence secretary Ashton Carter meeting Saudi King Salman (right) at Al-Salam Palace in Jeddah on Wednesday. Photograph: Carolyn Kaster/AFP/Getty Images

US defence secretary Ash Carter said after talks in Saudi Arabia that Iran’s “potential for aggression” was a shared concern as he moved to bolster d(...)