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 (...)

A file image of Palestinian president Yasser Arafat in the Gaza Strip in 2001. The fFormer Palestinian leader died of natural causes, not radiation poisoning, the head of a Russian state forensics agency  said today. Photograph: Reuters

Russia said today former Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat died of natural causes, not radiation poisoning. A Palestinian official has called the find(...)

Prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu: “I don’t think anyone can overstate the Iranian danger”

Israel’s prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu has warned that a nuclear Iran will prevent peace between Israel and the Palestinians.Addressing the annual(...)

Former Palestinian president Yasser Arafat (c) enters a helicopter as he leaves his compound in the West Bank city of Ramallah, in October, 2004. Photograph: Ammar Awad/Files/Reuters.

French scientists investigating Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat’s death have ruled out poisoning by radioactive polonium, his widow said today.The re(...)

Yasser Arafat: Swiss forensic experts had detected the radioactive element polonium in samples taken from his remains. Photograph: Hussein Hussein/PPO/Getty.

It was regrettable that no tests were carried out on the remains of Palestinian president Yasser Arafat at the time of his death, Tánaiste Eamon Gilmo(...)

No smoking gun

Cui bono? Who benefited from the 2004 death of Yasser Arafat ? With the publication of the report of a group of Swiss scientists which “moderately sup(...)

US secretary of state John Kerry   with Palestinian Authority president Mahmoud Abbas in Amman yesterday. Photograph: Jason Reed/Reuters

US secretary of state John Kerry has issued a stark warning of more violence and deepening isolation in store for Israel if Israeli and Palestinian ne(...)