Lebanese Salafist leader Sheikh Ahmad al-Assir: radical cleric tried to flee Beirut in disguise. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Gone was the long, scraggly beard of the fugitive sheikh’s heyday, replaced with the bushy moustache, thick glasses and combover of a 70s actor. Ahmad(...)

A Muslim man reads the koran at a mosque during the Islamic month of Ramadan. Photograph: Manan Vatsyayana/AFP/Getty Images

A bomb has exploded inside a mosque where al-Qaeda’s branch in Syria was holding a fast-breaking meal, killing at least 14, activists said. The blast (...)

‘Some might say there are other organisations which could more appropriately have been scrutinised for evidence of crimes touching directly on US interests. Banks, for example. HSBC, for instance.’ Above, Fifa officials are escorted out behind sheets following their arrests by Swiss authorities  in Zurich  last week.  Photograph: Pascal Mora/The New York Times 1:31

What business is it of the FBI that Fifa officials may have been involved in skulduggery in Switzerland? Whence comes US attorney general Loretta Lync(...)

Israel’s security cabinet minister Naftali Bennett is calling on the international community to recognise Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights. Photograph: Jim Hollander/EPA

A far-right ally of Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu urged world powers on Sunday to recognise Israel’s 1981 annexation of the Golan Heights,(...)

Islamic State militants were reported to have gained ground against Syrian troops in fighting near the historic city of Palmyra, also known as Tadmur. This is a file potograph of the ancient city. Photograph: Joseph Eid/AFP/Getty Images

Islamic State militants were reported to have gained ground against Syrian troops in fighting near the historic city of Palmyra, also known as Tadmur(...)

US secretary of state John Kerry meets with Saudi Arabia’s King Salman in Riyadh last week. Photograph: Andrew Harnik/AFP/Getty Images

King Salman of Saudi Arabia has withdrawn from a carefully orchestrated summit with the US that president Barack Obama hoped would assuage Gulf anxiet(...)

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu delivers a statement to the media in Jerusalem. Netanyahu said on Wednesday it was not too late for world powers still locked in nuclear negotiations with Iran to demand a “better deal”. Photograph: Debbie Hill/Reuters 1:49

Iranians celebrated in the streets after negotiators reached a framework for a nuclear accord, and US president Barack Obama hailed an “historic under(...)

Hervé Falciani attends a court hearing in San Fernando de Henares, near Madrid, in April 2013, to examine an extradition request to Switzerland. Juan Carlos Hidalgo/AFP/Getty Images

They almost had him.On December 22nd, 2008, Swiss federal police handcuffed 36-year-old Hervé Falciani, a systems specialist they suspected of stealin(...)

Hizbullah supporters  carry the coffin of Jihad  Mughniyeh, son of late Hizbullah leader Imad Mughniyeh in a suburb of Beirut on Monday. Photograph: Nabil Mounzer/EPA

Iran’s Revolutionary Guards have confirmed that a senior member of their elite forces died in an Israeli attack in Syria in which six fighters of the (...)

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(...)