Israeli security forces drag away one of hundreds of Jewish activists who had occupied two buildings slated for demolition by Friday in the settlement of Beit El north of Jerusalem. Photograph: Abir Sultan/EPA

Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu has gone out of his way to calm the right- wing flank of his slim coalition after showdowns between polic(...)

Berlin’s Olympic Stadium: German authorities admit they were nervous about holding such a large event at such a notorious site.

Nothing ever went Hitler’s way at Berlin’s irredeemably Nazi Olympic stadium. The dictator wanted the stone monument, built for the 1936 Olympic Games(...)

The preliminary draw for  the World Cup qualifiers will take place in St Petersburg on Saturday. Photograph: EPA.

Spare a thought for Zimbabwe as you tune into Saturday afternoon’s draw for the next World Cup’s qualifying stages: thrown out of a Fifa tournament(...)

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(...)

The Jewish settlement of Givat Zeev in the West Bank, north of Jerusalem. A government programme authorises 381 new homes in the illegal settlement. Photograph: Menahem Kahana/AFP/Getty Images

Israel is to approve the building of almost 900 new homes in West Bank Jewish settlements today, ending what settler leaders termed a de facto build(...)

Palestinians throw stones at Israeli soldiers during clashes in the West Bank town of Hebron in 2009. The new Bill means protesters can jailed for up to 10 years without  harmful intent having to be proved. Photograph:  Hazem Bader/AFP/Getty Images

Israel’s Knesset parliament has introduced legislation allowing stone-throwers to be sentenced to prison terms of up to 20 years. Passed with the aim (...)

A political rally in Burundi for President Pierre Nkurunziza:  Africa’s recent history at holding leaders to account does not inspire confidence. Photograph: Tyler Hicks/The New York Times

A number of African presidents have suggested a new continental court is required for dealing with regional leaders accused of serious abuse of power,(...)

Ash Carter (right) with Israel’s defence minister Moshe Ya’alon  at the Hussein Lookout, near Kiryat Shmona, northern Israel. Photograph: Carolyn Kaster/Reuters

With bilateral ties at rock bottom following last week’s signing of the Iran nuclear deal, US secretary of defence Ash Carter went out of his way y(...)

United Nations Security Council members vote on the Iran resolution at the UN headquarters in New York. Photograph: Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images

A UN Security Council resolution endorsing Iran’s nuclear deal that passed on Monday is unacceptable, the country’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps(...)

Mongol emperor Genghis Khan.

Three British tourists who were arrested in northern China have arrived back in the UK. The tourists include Hoosain Jacobs (74) and his wife Tahira ((...)