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(...)

Israeli soldiers take position during clashes with Palestinian protesters in the occupied West Bank city of Hebron on Sunday. There is a rising wave of violence in East Jerusalem, which includes the Old City, and the West Bank, areas  Israel captured in  1967. Photograph: Mussa Qawasma/Reuters

Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu promised a “harsh offensive” against Palestinian violence as he flew home from New York to confront an escal(...)

Russian president Vladimir Putin and French president Francois Hollande at the start of a summit on Ukraine in Paris on Friday. Photograph: Etienne Laurent/Pool.

The Russian defence ministry said on Friday that it had bombed seven targets in Syria in overnight air raids, including a command post and a traini(...)

An Israeli border policeman uses pepper spray on a Palestinian man during clashes in Arab East Jerusalem on Friday. Photograph: Ammar Awad/Reuters.

Israel has launched a huge manhunt in the West Bank for the suspected Palestinian gunmen who killed a pair of Israeli settlers in front of their child(...)

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(...)

Palestinians walk near the Dome of Rock mosque inside the al-Aqsa Mosque compound, Islam’s third holiest site. Photograph: Getty

Israeli police and Palestinians clashed on Sunday at Jerusalem’s al-Aqsa mosque compound, where violence in recent weeks has raised international con(...)

An Israeli soldier aiming his rifle at Palestinian protesters during clashes in the West Bank village of Silwad, north of Ramallah last year. Israel’s security cabinet has broadened the rules under which stone-throwers can be targeted by live fire. Photograph: Thomas Coex/AFP/Getty Images

Israel’s security forces will have greater latitude to use live ammunition against Palestinians throwing stones and firebombs – including against mino(...)