Palestinians watch a party for a bride ahead of her wedding ceremony at a United Nations-run school sheltering displaced Palestinians from the Israeli offensive, in Beit Lahiya town in the northern Gaza Strip today. Phogoraph: Suhaib Salem/Reuters

Talks to end a month-long war between Israel and Gaza militants are “difficult”, Palestinian delegates said today, while Israeli officials said no pr(...)

Palestinian relatives and friends of the Kawarea family carry one of seven bodies during their funeral at the Khan Yunis refugee camp in the southern Gaza Strip today. The father, an alleged member of militant Fatah movement and his six young sons were killed in an Israeli air strike that targeted their house. Photograph: EPA/MOHAMMED SABER 1:20

Israeli air strikes shook Gaza every few minutes today, and militants kept up rocket fire at Israel’s heartland in intensifying warfare that Palestini(...)

Smoke and flames are seen following what police said was an Israeli air strike in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip today. Israel has bombarded dozens of targets in  Gaza as it  steps up what it said might become a long-term offensive against  Hamas after a surge in Palestinian rocket attacks on Israeli towns. Photograph: Ibraheem Abu Mustafa/Reuters.

Israel bombarded the Gaza Strip today in strikes that Palestinian officials said killed at least 11 people, stepping up what threatens to become a lon(...)

A damaged military vehicle used by the Free Syrian Army is seen after heavy fighting against the forces of Syrian president Bashar al-Assad and Lebanon’s Hizbullah near Qusayr town. Photograph: Rami Bleible/Reuters

Syrian forces yesterday ramped up pressure on rebels in the besieged Syrian town of Qusayr and massed near Aleppo as Dr Kasem Al-Zein, who co-ordinate(...)

Lebanese Army soldiers patrol near the site of the army checkpoint where three Lebanese soldiers were killed near the town of Arsal, in the eastern Bekaa Valley. Gunmen killed three Lebanese soldiers at an army checkpoint today before fleeing towards the Syrian border, Lebanese officials said. Photograph: Ahmad Shalha/Reuters

Disputes between Russia and the West over arming warring sides in Syria today dimmed prospects for peace talks that were also clouded by disarray amon(...)

Moshe Yaalon, an ex-general and vice premier from the right-wing Likud party, will be Israel's next defence minister. Photograph: Nir Elias/Reuters

Prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu today chose Moshe Yaalon, an ex-general and vice premier from his right-wing Likud party, to be Israel's next(...)