A worker renovating the one surviving wall of the Golden Rose synagogue, built in 1582 and destroyed by the Nazis in 1942. Photograph: Daniel McLaughlin

The glory days of Lviv’s Golden Rose synagogue, like those of the Jewish community in this beautiful Ukrainian city, lie far in the past. Jews settle(...)

Residents cover their noses as they walk past garbage piled up along a street in Beirut, Lebanon, on Wednesday. Photograph:  Mohamed Azakir/Reuters

Six ministers representing the Shia Hizbullah party and three Christian allies on Thursday boycotted an urgent session of the Lebanese government, (...)

Stuart Rosenblatt, president of the Genealogical Society of Ireland, and Lord Mayor of Dublin Críona Ní Dhálaigh with the genealogical lists at Dublin City Council’s Library and Archive on Pearse Street. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

  Volumes containing the names of 53,000 Jewish people who have lived in Ireland have been opened to the public. The records of births(...)

Recife: revival of interest in its Jewish past is part of a still-emerging change in Brazil since the return of democracy in the 1980s

In the heart of Old Recife is a street sign that hints at the remarkable history of one of Brazil’s oldest neighbourhoods. Painted onto tiles in the P(...)

Syrian migrants on an overcrowded dinghy try to disembark on the shore of the Greek island of Kos this week. Photograph: EPA/YANNIS KOLESIDIS

The beheading earlier this week of Khaled al-Asaad, an 83-year-old archaeologist, by Islamic State militants in the Syrian city of Palmyra brings into(...)

‘If Obama vetoes a resolution of disapproval, it will take 34 senators to override his veto and block the agreement. That means opponents have to find an unlikely 11 more Democrats. Photograph:  REUTERS

It would not be unusual for members of the US Congress to vote against an international agreement, denouncing it with rhetorical flourishes as appalli(...)

Palestinians hold portraits in support of prisoners held in Israeli jails, including Mohammed Allan (right). He lost consciousness and was placed on a respirator last Friday after his lungs stopped working and he had seizures. Photograph: Hazem Bader

Palestinian detainee Mohammed Allan has ended his 65-day hunger strike against his detention without trial after the Israeli supreme court suspended h(...)

Fine Gael TD Alan Shatter. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Fine Gael TD Alan Shatter has spoken of his deep upset at what he describes as “a misleading and untruthful impression” created by media reports abo(...)

 Lebanese Salafist leader Sheikh Ahmad al-Assir: radical cleric tried to flee Beirut in disguise. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Gone was the long, scraggly beard of the fugitive sheikh’s heyday, replaced with the bushy moustache, thick glasses and combover of a 70s actor. Ahmad(...)

A child stands next to a poster bearing a portrait of Palestinian hunger-striker  Mohammed Allan: Israel has not formally charged Mr Allan with any crime but said he was involved in “grave terrorism”. Photograph:  Jaafar Ashtiyeh/AFP/Getty Images

A Palestinian on a hunger strike against his detention without trial was brought out of sedation in an Israeli hospital on Tuesday and vowed to conti(...)