Pro-Palestinian activists seen embarking on a sailing boat to be part of a small flotilla that tried  to challenge Israel’s sea blockade of the Gaza Strip, in the open sea near Plaka on the island of Crete on Friday. Photograph: Stefanos Rapanis/Reuters

Israel said on Monday it had blocked a boat leading a four-vessel protest flotilla of foreign activists from reaching the Gaza Strip and forced the ve(...)

Iranian foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif (right) meets with US Secretary of State John Kerry (left) at a hotel in Vienna. Photograph: Carlos Barria/AFP/Getty Images

Senior US and Iranian officials said hard work was still needed as they met in Vienna on Saturday for what could be their final negotiations to bridge(...)

Palestinian Authority foreign minister Riyad al-Maliki leaves the International Criminal Court  in The Hague, having submitted files on alleged Israeli war crimes in Gaza, continuing Israeli settlement expansion and alleged maltreatment of Palestinian prisones. Photograph: Robin Van Lonkhuijsen/ AFP/Getty Images

The Palestinian Authority has handed a file alleging Israeli war crimes to the International Criminal Court (ICC) – just days before an ICC team is d(...)

A Palestinian boy  next to the rubble of buildings destroyed during the 50 days of conflict between Israel and Hamas  in 2014, in Gaza City. Photograph:  MAHMUD HAMS/AFP/Getty Images

There were no great surprises in the findings of the UN’s commission of inquiry into the 2014 Gaza conflict. Unlike previous similar reports that were(...)

The idea that the international community could help concentrate minds in Israel/Palestine by proposing its own outline framework and timeframe for a (...)

‘To have Tomi Reichental (above)  in the mosque this Friday during Ramadan will not only send out a strong message of peace and dialogue to people of all faiths, but at the same time highlight the essential fundamental principles of Islam.’ Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Ramadan is the month of the Islamic lunar calendar during which Muslims abstain from food, drink and other sensual pleasures from break of dawn to sun(...)

rench foreign minister Laurent Fabius held a meeting on the proposal with Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah, the West Bank, on Sunday. Photograph: Thomas Coex/EPA

French foreign minister Laurent Fabius’s initiative was considered the last hope of reviving the dead “peace process” between Israel and Palestinians.(...)

 Smoke rises after an Israeli airstrike on the south of Gaza City on  June 8th, 2014. A UN report accuses both Israel and Gaza of committing war crimes during the 2014 conflict. Photograph: Mohammed Saber/EPA.

Israel’s prime minister says the United Nations report on the 2014 Gaza war is “biased”. Binyamin Netanyahu said the UN Human Rights Council, which co(...)

Yemenis shop at a market in the embattled southern city of Aden yesterday.  Photograph: Saleh Al-Obeidi/AFP/Getty Images

A day without the thud of air strikes in Sana’a is rare. The sound of missiles and responding anti-aircraft gunfire fills the thin, dusty air in this (...)

The Mourne Wall is solidly built, its architects taking time and care to marry aesthetics with durability

Mourne Wall, Co Down Map: Sheet 29, Discoverer Series OSNI. Start: car park 1km southeast of Tras(...)