Ken Livingstone, who has been suspended from the Labour Party for comments made while defending Naz Shah – the suspended Labour MP – leaves Milbank Studios in London. Photograph: Rob Stothard/Getty Images

Labour has suspended former London mayor Ken Livingstone from the party after he said that Adolf Hitler had supported Zionism before he murdered six (...)

US Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter and US ambassador to France Jane Hartley, pay tribute to the victims of November 13th terror attacks in Paris, at the Place de la Republique. Photograph: Jacques Demarthon/AFP/Getty Images

The French writer and statesman André Malraux allegedly predicted that “the 21st century will be a century of religion or it will not be at all.” Th(...)

Tensions rose last year when an Israeli foreign ministry spokesman called Brazil a ’diplomatic dwarf’ after Brasilia recalled its ambassador from Israel to protest the  military offensive in Gaza in July 2014. File photograph:  AP Photo/Hatem Moussa

Brazil’s reluctance to accept an Israeli ambassador who is a West Bank settler has set off a diplomatic crisis and led to a standoff with the Israeli (...)

Gate to the Hareem el-Sharif, the Noble Sanctuary, or the Temple Mount to Jews, in Jerusalem’s Old City. Photograph: EPA/Jim Hollander

Within Jerusalem’s holiest site, known as the Temple Mount to Jews and the Noble Sanctuary to Muslims, lies an explosive historical question that c(...)

Human rights lawyer Raji Sourani says Gaza is trapped in a “criminal, illegal and inhuman siege” which is “suffocating its people socially and economically and sending Gaza back to the Middle Ages”.  Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Ireland must play a greater role “morally, politically and legally” in calling for an end to the siege and “crimes against humanity” on the Gaza Strip(...)

Israeli prime minister Binyamin  Netanyahu Russian president Vladimir Putin   at the Novo-Ogaryovo state residence outside Moscow, Russia: Israel and Russia have a “common interest in ensuring stability” in Syria, Mr Netanyahu said at the meeting.  Photograph: Ivan Sekretarev/Pool/Reuters

Russian president Vladimir Putin and Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu disagreed over the threat to Israel’s security from Syria as they began(...)

Smoke from fireworks fired towards Israeli border police spreads at al-Aqsa mosque complex, during clashes with Palestinians, in Jerusalem’s Old City.  Photograph: Abir Sultan/EPA

Israeli police raided the plaza outside Jerusalem’s al-Aqsa mosque on Sunday in what they said was a bid to head off Palestinian attempts to disrupt v(...)

Pro-Palestinian activists seen embarking on a sailing boat to be part of a small flotilla that tried  to challenge Israel’s sea blockade of the Gaza Strip, in the open sea near Plaka on the island of Crete on Friday. Photograph: Stefanos Rapanis/Reuters

Israel said on Monday it had blocked a boat leading a four-vessel protest flotilla of foreign activists from reaching the Gaza Strip and forced the ve(...)

rench foreign minister Laurent Fabius held a meeting on the proposal with Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah, the West Bank, on Sunday. Photograph: Thomas Coex/EPA

French foreign minister Laurent Fabius’s initiative was considered the last hope of reviving the dead “peace process” between Israel and Palestinians.(...)

A Palestinian man  waits for a travel permit to cross into Egypt at the Rafah border crossing between Egypt and southern Gaza Strip yesterday. Photograph: Ibraheem Abu Mustafa/Reuters

Israel has claimed the Israel Defence Forces’ operation in Gaza last summer was a moral, defensive war conducted in accordance with international law.(...)