The  high representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini:    “The fight against terrorism remains a priority for the European Union. In this sense, the EU is determined to stem the financing of terrorism, for which EU autonomous measures are an essential tool.” Photograph:  Olivier Hoslet/EPA

The European Union is to appeal against an EU court ruling that Hamas should be removed from the bloc’s terrorist list.The move was criticised by Hama(...)

EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini speaks to journalists on Monday before a Foreign Affairs Council meeting at the EU headquarters in Brussels. Photograph: AFP

EU foreign ministers pledged on Monday to counter radical Muslims returning from Syria and Iraq with a better strategy at home and abroad, but ruled o(...)

Mohamed Morsi he said elements belonging to a sovereign body led by the “coup leader” took part in killing protesters in 2011. Photograph: Reuters

Egypt’s ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi accused the country’s army in one of his trials yesterday of killing protesters during the 2011 uprisi(...)

Israeli foreign minister Avigdor Lieberman and his Canadian counterpart in Jerusalem yesterday. Mr Baird’s country voted against Palestinian membership of the ICC; his car was pelted with eggs by protesters in Ramallah. Photograph: Ronen Zvulun/Reuters

Israel has reacted angrily to the decision by the International Criminal Court (ICC) to open an inquiry into possible war crimes in the Palestinian te(...)

A member of the Palestinian civil defence team on a boat evacuating a resident from a flooded area following heavy rains in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip. Photograph: Mohammed Saber/EPA

A potent symbol of the schism between the Palestinian Authority and Hamas, the Islamist group that dominates Gaza, has been visible at the border cros(...)

Members of Palestinian security forces loyal to Hamas participate in a rally in Gaza City late in December 2014. Photograph: Suhaib Salem/Reuters

The Hamas group that controls the Gaza Strip on Saturday issued a condemnation of the deadly attacks by Islamist gunmen in France this week, saying th(...)

Israeli foreign minister Avigdor Lieberman: lambasted European support for unilateral Palestinian measures aimed at charging Israel with war crimes in the International Criminal Court. Photograph: EPA

Israel has warned its decision to freeze the transfer of tax revenues to the Palestinian Authority will be only the first step if the Palestinians pre(...)

Israel’s prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu attending this week’s cabinet meeting in his office in Jerusalem. Photograph: Reuters

As he desperately searches for an agenda on which to fight the March election, the rapidly-deteriorating diplomatic battle with the Palestinians may b(...)

Pope Francis and other senior Christian and Muslim clerics have urged members of the ancient Christian communities of the Middle East to stay on in the region despite conflict and discrimination. Photograph: Reuters/Osservatore Romano

Ahead of Christmas, senior Christian and Muslim clerics have urged members of the ancient Christian communities of the Middle East, the cradle of t(...)

Israeli security forces stand next to the remains of a rocket  fired from the Gaza Strip towards Israel on Friday. Photograph: Reuters

Israeli aircraft bombed a Hamas base in the Gaza Strip on Friday for the first time since the end of a war in the territory, in response to a rocket t(...)