Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas delivers a speech during an opening ceremony of the “Istiqlal” (independence) garden in the West Bank city of Ramallah Photograph: Abbas Momani/AFP/Getty Images

Palestinian Authority president Mahmoud Abbas said on Sunday Israel had released frozen tax revenue to the Authority but that he had ordered the funds(...)

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu delivers a statement to the media in Jerusalem. Netanyahu said on Wednesday it was not too late for world powers still locked in nuclear negotiations with Iran to demand a “better deal”. Photograph: Debbie Hill/Reuters 1:49

Iranians celebrated in the streets after negotiators reached a framework for a nuclear accord, and US president Barack Obama hailed an “historic under(...)

Women sitting in a car flash the “V for Victory” sign as they celebrate on Valiasr street in northern Tehran  after the announcement of an agreement on Iran nuclear talks. Iran and global powers sealed a deal on plans to curb Tehran’s chances for getting a nuclear bomb, laying the ground for a new relationship between the Islamic republic and the West. Photo: Atta Kenreatta/AFP 1:49

Iran and world powers reached a framework agreement on Friday on curbing Iran’s nuclear programme for at least a decade, a step towards a final pact t(...)

Jeb Bush: though he is more apt to do his homework, he’s unformed on foreign policy, like his brother – except that his brother was elected before 9/11. Photograph: Jabin Botsford/New York Times

James Baker can take credit for two presidencies and one vice-presidency in the Bush family. So it’s a tad ungracious for a Bush to take Baker to task(...)

A woman carries a baby as she casts her ballot for the parliamentary election at a polling station in the northern city of Haifa in Israel. Photograph: Ammar Awad/Reuters

Israelis have begun voting in elections following a campaign focused on economic issues such as the high cost of living, rather than fears of a nuclea(...)

“ ‘We are not seeking a grand bargain’, said John Kerry in Riyadh after his nuclear talks with Iranian ministers in Switzerland.”  Photograph: REUTERS/Brian Snyder

‘We are not seeking a grand bargain”, said United States secretary of state John Kerry in Riyadh after his nuclear talks with Iranian ministers in Swi(...)

Long journey: Samantha Power leaves the stage after speaking at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee conference in Washington this month. Photographs: Doug Mills/New York Times

Earlier this week journalists gathered in a small room in Brussels to listen to a tall red-headed American diplomat talk about UN peacekeeping. Her(...)

 According to media reports, Iranian president Hassan Rowhani has said any agreement with the West on the country’s nuclear program must include lifting sanctions. Photograph: presidential official website handout/EPA

Major world powers have begun talks about a United Nations Security Council resolution to lift UN sanctions on Iran if a nuclear agreement is struck w(...)

Israeli PM Binyamin Netanyahu: Characterised a deal with Tehran as the antithesis to a farewell to arms. It would, he told Congress, “be a farewell to arms control”. Photograph: Bloomberg 1:35

Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s fighting speech to a joint session of the US Congress felt at times like a presidential state of the union(...)

Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu: his  acceptance of an invitation to address Congress from Republican Speaker of the House of Representatives John Boehner was a direct snub to US  president Barack Obama given that it circumvented traditional diplomatic protocol through the White House. Photograph: Gary Cameron/Reuters  1:35

The political hurricane caused by Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu on his United States visit leaves him and President Barack Obama at even g(...)