An Israeli mobile artillery unit firing towards the Gaza Strip yesterday. Photograph: Baz Ratner/Reuters

Qatar and Turkey continue to play a role in the search for a ceasefire in Gaza, despite yesterday’s breakdown just a few hours into what was to have b(...)

A Palestinian child who was injured in the Gazan conflict is prepared to be moved by ambulance from a hospital in north Sinai to Cairo after crossing the Gaza-Egypt border. About 100 wounded Palestinians have been allowed enter Egypt from Gaza for hospital treatment. Photograph: Muhamed Sabry/AP

Israel’s onslaught on Gaza finds Egypt between a rock and a hard place. The foreign ministry has condemned Israel’s “excessive” and “unjustified” use (...)

Mahmoud Bazzi,  a suspect in the abduction, torture and killing of two Irish soldiers serving as UN peacekeepers in Lebanon 34 years ago. Photograph: AP Photo/Detroit Free Press, Brian Kaufman

John O’Mahony has no doubt that Mahmoud Bazzi is the man who shot him. The Co Kerry farmer was one of three Irish soldiers abducted while serving with(...)

Smoke rises following what witnesses said were Israeli air strikes in the east of Gaza City today. Israel knocked out Gaza’s only power plant, flattened the home of its Islamist Hamas political leader and pounded dozens of other high-profile targets. Photograph:  Suhaib Salem/Reuters. 1:21

Israel knocked out Gaza’s only power plant and attacked dozens of other high-profile targets today, while Egyptian mediators prepared a revised propos(...)

US Secretary of State John Kerry meets Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in  Ramallah. Israeli forces pounded Gaza on Wednesday, meeting stiff resistance from Hamas Islamists and sending thousands of residents fleeing, as US Secretary of State John Kerry said on a visit to Israel ceasefire talks had made some progress. Photograph: Charles Dharapak/Reuters

As diplomatic shuttling intensified yesterday in an effort to secure a ceasefire to end the two-week conflict in Gaza, there was a public closing of r(...)

A Jewish worshipper takes part in a special prayer at the Western Wall in Jerusalem’s Old City for the well-being of Israeli soldiers in Gaza today. Photograph: Siegfried Modola/ Reuters

Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal said he was ready to accept a humanitarian truce in Gaza where the Islamist group is fighting an Israeli military offensiv(...)

US secretary of state John Kerry (right) listens as Egypt’s foreign minister Nabil Fahmy speaks to the media prior to a meeting at the US state department in Washington DC on yesterday. Photograph: Shawn Thew/EPA

A deadline set by the US last year for peace negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians passed without agreement or a framework for possible (...)

 Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas addresses a  meeting of the  Palestinian Central Council  in Ramallah. Photograph:
Alaa Badarneh/EPA

Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas has signalled that he remains committed to troubled US-backed peace talks, saying t(...)

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(...)

Investigators are seen through the windows at the scene of a blast at the residence of Palestinian ambassador Jamal al-Jamal in Prague. Photograph: Filip Singer/EPA

The Czech Republic has been gripped by a mystery straight from the pages of a thriller: the tale of an exploding safe, a dead Palestinian ambassador a(...)