Palestinian children living in Lebanon  express solidarity with the Palestinian children living in Gaza, in Maroun Al Ras village in southern Lebanon, near the border between Lebanon and Israel, yesterday. Photograph: Reuters/Ali Hashisho

Palestinian negotiators said yesterday the expiry of the second three-day ceasefire at midnight tonight is the deadline for a long-term deal on Gaz(...)

Iraqi Shia Turkmen fighters take part in an intensive security deployment in the town of Taza, south of the northern oil city of Kirkuk. Photograph: Reuters/stringer

US president Barack Obama said today the United States would send up to 300 military advisers to support Iraqi forces confronting an al Qaeda-inspired(...)

US secretary of state John Kerry meets Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah (R) in Riyadh today. Photograph: Jason Reed/Reuters

US secretary of state John Kerry praised Saudi Arabia as a “very, very important” ally today as he visited the Gulf kingdom on a mission to soothe str(...)

Last month,  Saudi foreign minister, Saud al-Faisal, refused to speak or even hand out a copy of his speech at the general assembly in anger over the security council deadlock on Syria and the Palestinian issue. Photograph: Fahad Shadeed/Reuters

In a fit of diplomatic pique Saudi Arabia has spurned its chance to occupy a seat on the United Nations security council, accusing the world body of d(...)

A Free Syrian Army fighter passes by the convoy of U.N. vehicles carrying a team of United Nations chemical weapons experts

UN chemical weapons inspectors yesterday visited sites in the eastern Ghouta near Damascus as UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon said the team should be(...)

United States Secretary of State John Kerry departs after addressing the media on the Syrian situation. REUTERS/Gary Cameron

Britain and the United States appeared to be on the brink of military intervention in Syria yesterday, as British prime minister David Cameron recalle(...)

European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton talks to the media during an emergency EU foreign ministers meeting in Brussels yesterday. Photograph: Reuters/Francois Lenoir

EU member states yesterday agreed to suspend export licences for any equipment that could be used for political repression in Egypt, but stressed that(...)

Us secretary of state John Kerry  is greeted by Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister Prince Saud al-Faisal upon arrival in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Photograph: Jacquelyn Martin/Pool/Reuters

The Syrian information minister has lashed out at Saudi Arabia, saying Riyadh is responsible for his country’s conflict. Omran al-Zoubi says Sa(...)

Smoke rises after Lebanese army soldiers detonated an explosive device near the mosque complex where fugitive radical Sunni cleric Ahmad Assir was believed to be sheltering with his supporters, in Abra near Sidon, southern Lebanon. Photograph: Reuters/Ali Hashisho

Saudi Arabia considers the intervention of Iran and Hizbullah in the Syrian conflict as threatening and argues the rebels must be given military ai(...)

Civilians and forces loyal to Syria’s president Bashar al-Assad celebrate in Qusayr after the forces took control of the town from rebel fighters. Photograph:  Rami Bleibel/Reuters

Syrian troops backed up by tanks and armoured vehicles yesterday recaptured the Quneitra crossing-point on the ceasefire line between Syria and the(...)