US secretary of state John Kerry at a news conference with Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister Prince Saud al-Faisal in Riyadh on Thursday. Mr Kerry met Gulf Arab foreign ministers  to brief them on progress in the nuclear talks with Iran. Photograph: Evan Vucci/Reuters

US secretary of state John Kerry told Gulf Arab states on Thursday that Washington was not seeking a “grand bargain” with Iran, and said a nuclear dea(...)

 Iranian foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and  US secretary of state John Kerry at the talks between the E3+3 (France, Germany, Britain, China, Russia, USA) and Iran in Vienna, Austria. Photograph: Roland Schlager/EPA

Iran and six powers failed for a second time this year to resolve a 12-year dispute over Tehran’s nuclear ambitions and gave themselves seven more mo(...)

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(...)