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’(...)

It is not so very long ago when I used assume the word “pilates” referred to a family dynasty of which the infamous and furiously derided Pontius was (...)

Tensions have been  high in and around Jerusalem since the killings of Israeli and Palestinian captives in tit-for-tat kidnappings by Palestinian militants and Jewish extremists last summer. Photograph: Getty

Two Israeli teenagers have been stabbed in Jerusalem, in the 14th incident of Palestinian violence against Israelis in the last six months.Israeli pol(...)

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(...)

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(...)

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(...)

Pope Francis exchanges gifts with Palestinian authority President Mahmoud Abbas during a private audience at the Vatican. Photograph: Alberto Pizzoli/EPA

Pope Francis this morning called Palestinian leader, Mahmoud Abbas, an “angel of peace”. The Pope made his remarks at the end of a 20 minute long meet(...)

Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu: government has a majority of only one in the 120-member Knesset. Photograph: Gali Tibbongali/AFP/Getty Images

Israel’s new government was sworn in last night but only after a two-hour delay in the Knesset vote as prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu scrambled t(...)