Lebanese prime minister Saad Hariri speaks to his supporters at his home at downtown Beirut, Lebanon, after returning from Saudi Arabia. Hariri, who had recently announced his resignation, said he would temporarily refrain from stepping down from office at the behest of the country’s president. Photograph: Wael Hamzeh/EPA

Lebanese prime minister Saad Hariri’s return to Beirut on independence day is ironic as current external interventions in the country’s affairs have d(...)

The UN secretary-general’s special adviser on Cyprus, Espen Barth Eide (centre), arrives on Wednesday  with the UN delegation at the begining of a new round of talks on the reunification of Cyprus,  in Crans-Montana, Switzerland. Photograph: Jean-Christophe Bott/EPA

The leaders of Cyprus’s estranged Greek and Turkish communities have embarked on a defining attempt to reunify the Mediterranean island more than four(...)

Cypriot president Nicos Anastasiades insists  talks on Cypriot reunification should remain “Cypriot-owned”. Photograph: Yiannis Kourtoglou/Reuters

Diplomatic efforts were being made on Wednesday to save talks on the reunification of Cyprus from collapse. UN secretary general Antonio Guterres iss(...)

Cypriots, from  occupied Northern city of Kyrenia, chant slogans during  demonstration against  UN-sponsored Cyprus peace talks. Photograph:  Iakovos Hatzistavrou/AFP

The small town of Morphou, just north of the fortified line that divides Cyprus, epitomises in microcosm the island’s challenge. Unless it is returne(...)

Turkey’s president Recep Tayyip Erdogan: “We have told Cyprus and Greece clearly that they should not expect a solution without Turkey as guarantor”. Photograph:  Murat Cetinmuhurdar/Presidential Palace/Reuters

Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan appears to have thrown an obstacle in the path to a Cyprus peace settlement, saying Turkish troops will be on (...)

 United Nations soldiers patrol the UN Buffer Zone in Nicosia which splits Cyprus. Photograph: Katia Christodoulou/ EPA

UN secretary general Antonio Guterres has said talks opening on Monday in Geneva between Greek and Turkish Cypriot leaders will provide a “historic op(...)

A man believed to be the hijacker of the EgyptAir Airbus 320 leaves the plane  before surrendering to security forces after a seven-hour standoff at Larnaca airport, Cyprus. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

A hijacker claiming he was wearing a suicide belt on Tuesday diverted an EgyptAir passenger jet to Larnaca International Airport in Cyprus where, aft(...)

European Union president Donald Tusk: “More cautious than optimistic” about chances of an agreement. Photograph: Getty Images

European Union leaders agreed late last night to offer Turkey financial and political concessions if it stops migrants reaching Greece. German chance(...)

The European Commission headquarters building ahead of the EU–Turkey Summit. Photograph: Getty

The European Union’s summit chairman said on Thursday he was “more cautious than optimistic” about the chances of reaching a deal with Turkey this wee(...)

Migrants in a makeshift camp near the village of Idomeni, Greece, near the Macedonian border. Photograph: Ognen Teofilovski/Reuters

Macedonia has returned hundreds of migrants to Greece after they bypassed a security fence and waded through a swollen stream to cross the border, ami(...)

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