Israel responds to Hizbullah attack with air and ground strikes on southern Lebanon. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Israeli leaders convened on Wednesday night to consider their response after two Israeli soldiers were killed and seven wounded in a Hizbullah atta(...)

A Houthi fighter  in Sanaa. Yemen’s  rebels have welcomed proposed concessions but their gunmen still hold positions outside the presidential palace. Photograph: Khaled Abdullah/Reuters

Yemeni president Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi resigned yesterday, throwing the country deeper into chaos days after Houthi rebels battled their way into h(...)

 The meeting in London takes place in the wake of Lakhdar Brahimi (centre) announcing that he is stepping down as UN envoy for Syria. Photograph: EPA

In a bid to revive the diplomatic option for resolving the Syrian conflict, US secretary of state John Kerry is to meet European and Arab counterparts(...)

Mohamad Chatah’s son Omar (centre) carries the coffin of the former Lebanese minister during his funeral at al-Amin mosque in Martyrs’ Square in Beirut yesterday. Chatah, who opposed Syrian president Bashar al-Assad, was killed in a bomb blast last Friday. Photograph: Reuters/Hasan Shaaban

Syrian air force strikes on insurgent-held districts of the northern city of Aleppo have killed at least 517 people since mid-December, including 151 (...)

Lebanese Army soldiers patrol the  the Sunni frontier village of Arsal, a bastion of the Syrian rebels, which was rocketed yesterday by Syrian aircraft in a tit-for-tat attack for Tuesday’s rebel missile strikes on the Shia town of Hermel, a Hizbullah stronghold. Photograph: Reuters/Ahmad Shalha

The Lebanese state has adopted a policy of “dissociation” from the Syrian crisis but the country’s citizens are associated with the warring sides by f(...)