Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan stands under pictures of Jews killed in the Holocaust during his visit to the Hall of Names at Yad Vashem’s Holocaust History Museum in Jerusalem last Wednesday. Photograph: Ronen Zvulun/Reuters.

Charlie Flanagan paid his first visit to the Middle East as Minister for Foreign Affairs this week when he visited Israel, Gaza and the West Bank. On (...)

Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan lays a wreath during a ceremony in the Hall of Remembrance at Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial in Jerusalem.  Photograph: Ronen Zvulun/Reuters

The opportunity to re-start the peace process between Israel and the Palestinians could be lost for a generation if it is not grasped soon, Minister f(...)

Ireland’s ambassador Isolde Moylan with Palestinian president Yasser Arafat, whom she met dozens of times, in his compound in Ramallah in 2000

Since 2010, Isolde Moylan, who has served as a diplomat for 40 years, has been accredited to five countries: Egypt, Sudan, Lebanon, Syria and Jordan. (...)

An armed Palestinian woman who supports the mainstream Fatah movement, and belongs to the al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, during a rally in the West Bank city of Hebron yesterday commemorating the 10th anniversary of the death of Yasser Arafat. Photograph: Abed Al Hashlamoun/EPA

A spate of stabbing and vehicle attacks mounted by Palestinian youths against Israelis in the run-up to the 10th anniversary this week of the death of(...)

 An Israeli soldier fires a tear gas canister during clashes with Palestinian protesters in the West Bank village of Seir, near Hebron. Photograph: Abed Al Hashlamoun/EPA

A Palestinian was killed during clashes with Israeli troops in the West Bank yesterday as Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas accused Israel of prov(...)

Rally: a Palestinian Hamas supporter in the West Bank. Photograph: Alaa Badarneh/EPA
What next for Hamas?

Ten days after the ceasefire Raji Sourani’s rage still boils. He brushes aside my questions about Hamas rule, the execution of collaborators, and Pale(...)

Michael Schumacher, the most successful Formula One driver of all time, has had several brain operations since his accident in the resort of Meribel. Photograph: Clive Mason/Getty Images

Medical records purported to be those of Michael Schumacher have been offered for sale and officials are investigating the theft, his agent said, one (...)

Shiite volunteers brandish weapons at a tribal meeting in Baghdad. Photograph: Ayman Oghanna/The New York Times

The cross-border conflict waged by the radical Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (Isis) is blowback from a policy of promoting fundamentalists that h(...)

Ariel Sharon, the former Israeli prime minister who has died aged 85, was a remarkable blend of maverick and mainstay.He fought in all of Israel’s mai(...)

Israeli prime minister Ariel Sharon speaks to the media during a news conference in Tel Aviv in 2005. File Photograph: Gil Cohen Magen/Reuters

A maverick in war and politics, Israel’s Ariel Sharon reshaped the Middle East in a career marked by adventurism and disgrace, dramatic reversals and (...)