Former London mayor Ken Livingstone speaks to the media after appearing on the LBC radio station in London on Saturday. Photograph: Neil Hall/Reuters

Ken Livingstone said he regretted sparking a storm over anti-Semitism in the Labour Party but insisted it was a “nonsense” stirred by “embittered Bla(...)

Israeli soldiers pray close to the border between Israel and Syria on the Golan Heights. File photograph: Baz Ratner/Reuters

Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu declared on Sunday that Israel would never relinquish the Golan Heights, in a signal to Russia and the Unite(...)

 Emergency services inspect the area following a suicide bombing in  central Istanbul. Photograph: Getty

An Irish-Algerian family who were injured in a suicide bombing attack in Istanbul on Saturday that killed four people has returned home to Ireland. (...)

Payam Feili, a gay Iranian poet and novelist, in Tel Aviv, on March 1st. Feili fled Iran in 2014 after being blacklisted and is now seeking asylum in Israel. Photograph: Uriel Sinai/The New York Times

In his native Iran, leaders openly wish for Israel to be wiped off the map. Yet Payam Feili, a poet and novelist, developed what he called a “special (...)

An elderly man holds beads as he sits at a street in the rebel-held neighbourhood of Tishreen, after a ceasefire that went into effect in Damascus. Photograph: Mohammed Badra/EPA

Syria’s opposition will stick to the cessation of hostilities despite what they said were 15 violations by Syrian government forces on Saturday and mo(...)

A general view of Davos ahead of the Annual Meeting 2016 of the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland

Politicians and business leaders gathering in the Swiss Alps this week face an increasingly divided world, with the poor falling further behind the su(...)

Iranian parliament members congratulate foreign minister Mohammad Javad  Zarif (2-L) in Tehran on Sunday after  international sanctions against Iran were lifted. Photograph: EPA

Iranian president Hassan Rouhani on Sunday hailed the nuclear deal with world powers, implemented late the previous evening, as a “golden page” in the(...)

Amid the turbulence currently afflicting the Middle East and north Africa it is all too easy to overlook the continuing conflict between Israel and th(...)

 A photo of 18-month-old Ali Dawabsheh, who was killed with his parents in an arson attack on their home in  occupied West Bank, for which a man and minor have  been charged with murder. Photograph: Alaa Badarneh/EPA

Israeli prosecutors filed murder charges today against a man and a minor for an arson attack in the occupied West Bank that killed three members of a (...)

Tensions rose last year when an Israeli foreign ministry spokesman called Brazil a ’diplomatic dwarf’ after Brasilia recalled its ambassador from Israel to protest the  military offensive in Gaza in July 2014. File photograph:  AP Photo/Hatem Moussa

Brazil’s reluctance to accept an Israeli ambassador who is a West Bank settler has set off a diplomatic crisis and led to a standoff with the Israeli (...)