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 (...)

  Las Vegas billionaire  and Sands  chief executive Sheldon Adelson: the Las Vegas Review-Journal   has confirmed a Forbes report that the billionaire casino mogul is its new owner.    Photograph: Tyrone Siu/Reuters

A day before the fifth Republican presidential debate, candidate Jeb Bush tweeted that he had just finished a meeting of more than an hour with the ed(...)

Israeli politician Yossi Sarid  listens to a Knesset debate in Jerusalem on March 13th, 2000, while serving as Minister of Education. Photograph: EPA

Yossi Sarid, who has died aged 75, was an Israeli commentator and former cabinet minister who was the most articulate Israeli advocate of accommodatio(...)

Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump has postponed a planned trip to Israel. Photograph: Getty images

US republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump on Thursday postponed his trip to Israel amid a controversy over his comments about temporarily b(...)

Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu: ‘The EU should be ashamed’. Photograph: Dan Balilty/AFP/Getty Images

The European Union has insisted it will continue to participate in the Middle East peace process, despite Israel’s announcement on Sunday that it woul(...)

Israeli soldiers investigate  the scene of  a fatal stabbing of an Israeli woman at a bus stop and hitch hiking post outside Efrat in the West Bank settlement block of Gush Etzion, south of Jerusalem,  November 22nd, 2015. Photograph: Jim Hollander/EPA

An Israeli woman was stabbed to death and three Palestinian attackers were killed in a series of incidents in the Israeli-occupied West Bank on Sunday(...)