Former US president Bill Clinton talks with his daughter Chelsea after she addressed the Clinton Global Initiative in New York. The meeting has become more of a Clinton family affair in recent years. Photograph: Ray Stubblebine/EPA

Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams, businessman Denis O’Brien and former Irish president Mary Robinson will be at the annual meeting of the Clinton Gl(...)

US secretary of state John Kerry looks over papers while flying from Jordan to Iraq today. Photograph: Brendan Smialowski/Reuters

US secretary of state John Kerry today endorsed Iraqi prime minister Haider al-Abadi’s plans to mend Baghdad’s relations with Sunnis and Kurds, and s(...)

Kurdish Peshmerga fighters advance during clashes with the Islamic State on the front line at Buyuk Yeniga village yesterday. Photograph: Reuters/Ahmed Jadallah

The United Kingdom will ramp up support for Kurdish forces fighting Islamic extremists in Iraq, increasing the prospects of air strikes by the Royal (...)

British prime minister David Cameron and US president Barack Obama at the Nato Summit at Celtic Manor in Newport, Wales. Photograph: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire.

The United Kingdom will supply ammunition to Kurds fighting Islamic terrorists in Iraq, British prime minister David Cameron has declared, while a top(...)

Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah ordered a series of legal reforms in 2007 that were partly aimed at making the justice system more transparent and predictable, but they have only been introduced slowly. Photograph: Jason Reed/Reuters.

Saudi Arabia has executed four men for possession of hashish, domestic media reported, taking to 17 the number of people put to death in the Islamic(...)

People gather at the site of a car bomb attack in Baghdad’s Sadr City on Friday. Violence has killed 1,737 people, mostly civilians, in Iraq in July. Photograph:  Wissm al-Okili/Reuters

Islamic State fighters seized control of Iraq’s biggest dam, an oilfield and three more towns today after inflicting their first major defeat on Kurdi(...)

An Israeli mobile artillery unit firing towards the Gaza Strip yesterday. Photograph: Baz Ratner/Reuters

Qatar and Turkey continue to play a role in the search for a ceasefire in Gaza, despite yesterday’s breakdown just a few hours into what was to have b(...)

A Palestinian flag flies over the destroyed home of Ismail Haniya, deputy chief of the Hamas movement, in Gaza City, on July 29th. A new coalition of Arab states has in effect lined up with Israel in its fight against Hamas, the Islamist movement that controls the Gaza Strip.Photograph: Sergey Ponomarev/The New York Times

Battling Palestinian militants in Gaza two years ago, Israel found itself pressed from all sides by unfriendly Arab neighbors to end the fighting. Not(...)

US president Barack Obama presents the executive director of Saudi Arabia’s national family safety programme, Maha Al Muneef, with the US secretary of state’s international woman of courage award in Riyadh. Photograph: Reuters/Kevin Lamarque

US president Barack Obama’s brief encounter with Saudi king Abdullah at the weekend did not produce a meeting of minds or policy changes, but m(...)

US president Barack Obama with Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, as secretary of state John Kerry looks on, after their arrival in Rawdat Khuraim, Saudi Arabia, yesterday.  Photograph: Doug Mills/New York Times

Over seven decades, the United States and Saudi Arabia forged a strategic alliance that became a linchpin of the regional order: a liberal demo(...)