Former Israeli prime minister Ehud Olmert embraces a woman at Jerusalem District Court on Monday. Mr Olmert was sentenced to eight months in prison for unlawfully accepting money from a US supporter. Photograph: Heidi Levine/via AP

A Jerusalem court has sentenced former prime minister Ehud Olmert to eight months in prison after he was found guilty of accepting cash from an Ameri(...)

Dresses from Jordan in Amman’s Tiraz centre, a museum displaying a one-woman collection of traditional Arab dress. Photograph: Michael Jansen

Amman’s Tiraz centre, a museum displaying a one-woman collection of traditional Arab dress, is mounting an exhibition of splendidly embroidered women’(...)

A Palestinian youth practices his parkour jumping skills in Gaza City in houses destroyed during the 50-day war last summer. Photograph: Reuters/Mohammed Salem

A new World Bank report has warned that the Gaza Strip’s economy is on the “verge of collapse”, saying the unemployment rate there is now the highest (...)

Palestinian workers disembark from an Israeli bus at the Eyal crossing near the West Bank town of Qalqilya on Wednesday. Photograph: AFP Photo/Menahem Kahana

Israel has shelved a plan for separate buses for Jewish settlers and Palestinians in the West Bank following criticism that compared the scheme to a(...)

Molly Sterling from Ireland performs during the dress rehearsal for the second semi-final of the Eurovision Song Contest  in Vienna. Photograph: Getty Images

Molly Sterling will need to put everything she’s got into her performance in Thursday night’s second semi-final of the Eurovision Song Contest. (...)

Labourers disembark a Palestinians-only bus before crossing to the West Bank through Israel’s Eyal checkpoint. Israel’s prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu has cancelled  a plan to segregate Palestinians from Israelis on West Bank buses. Photograph: Baz Ratner/Reuters

Israel’s prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu has called off a proposed plan to segregate Palestinians from Israelis on West Bank buses, overruling his o(...)

‘Another matter not discussed in this campaign to date is a theological body of opinion which believes Jesus knowingly acknowledged and blessed a same-sex union.’  Photograph: Getty Images

It seems clear that if young people vote in Friday’s same-sex referendum it will be passed. Even if they don’t vote in sufficient numbers, such is the(...)

Fifa president Sepp Blatter will meet Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem  and Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah. Photograph: Fabrice Coffrini/Getty Images

Fifa chief Sepp Blatter has called on Israel to make concessions in order to prevent a vote to expel Israel from football’s governing body later this(...)

Pope Francis greets  Mahmoud Abbas during a canonisation ceremony in St Peter’s Square, Vatican City, yesterday. Photograph: Angelo Carconi/EPA

In a ceremony rich in both political and religious symbolism, Pope Francis yesterday canonised two 19th-century Palestinian nuns. The elevation to s(...)

Pope Francis had a busy week at the  Vatican, from meeting Cuban president Raúl Castro to grappling with the Israeli-Palestinian question. Photograph: AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino

As he came out of the Paul VIth hall and made his way back to his quarters in the Domus Santa Marta, Pope Francis appeared to be engaged in serious co(...)