Supporters of Hizbullah mourn next to coffins during the funeral of the three people allegedly killed a day earlier by snipers, in the southern suburbs of Beirut, Lebanon on October 15th. Photograph: Nabil Mounzer/EPA

Samir Geagea said he would appear if Hizbullah head Hassan Nasrallah testified first

Colin Powell: Journalist Muntadher al-Zaidi tweeted, “I am sure that the court of God will be waiting for him.”  Photograph: Shawn Baldwin/Bloomberg

Former US secretary of state’s role in US invasion of Iraq led to fatalities and misery

A Yemeni carries his share of food aid provided by an aid agency amid heightened food insecurity in Sana’a, Yemen. Photograph: Yahya Arhab/EPA

Houthi rebels are intensifying ‘brutal offensive’ in Marib province

Seven people died in clashes between Hizbullah, Amal and the Lebanese Forces in Beirut. Photograph: Hassan Ammar/AP

Factions involved in fighting in Beirut will enjoy impunity, local commentators say

 Families of some of the 218 people who died in August of 2020 after  a    stockpile of ammonium nitrate exploded at a port storage facility protest in Beirut. Photograph:  Nabil Mounzer/EPA

Pro-Iranians label Iraqi election a ‘scam’ as Beirut port blast inquiry is suspended again

Followers of Shia cleric Muqtada al-Sadr celebrate in Tahrir Square, Baghdad,  after the announcement of election results. Photograph: AP

‘Good election machine’ propels Mahdi Army leader and Reform bloc Sadrists to success

Members of Iraq’s security forces take part in early voting ahead of Sunday’s parliamentary elections in Baghdad. Photograph: Sabah Arar

Low turnout expected due to ‘apathy and despair’ among 25 million potential voters

Families of Beirut-blast victims take part in a protest in front of the port entrance on Monday to support public prosecutor Judge Tareq Bitar. Photograph: EPA

Massive detonation killed 215, wounded 6,500 and devastated nearby neighbourhoods

Destroyed towers and houses in Gaza City: After 11  days of fighting in May, a ceasefire came into effect between Israel and militants in Gaza strip. Photograph: Mohammed Saber

Qatar and Egypt pay $1bn to repair facilities, streets and homes destroyed in May conflict

Anti-government activists and families of Beirut blast victims take part in a protest, in front the Justice Palace in Beirut, Lebanon on September 24th. Photograph: Nabil Mounzer/EPA

Judge accused of bias and misconduct by two ex-ministers demanding his resignation

Ebrahim Raisi, Iran’s president,  at the United Nations General Assembly in New York. Photograph: Michael Nagle/Bloomberg

Saudi king voices support for efforts to prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons

 Taliban fighters  keep watch at the Kabul zoo on September 17th: a new report details a  number of atrocities carried out by the Taliban. Photograph: Bulent Kilic/AFP

Taliban’s attempt to portray itself as a reformed group ‘a cover’ for its repression

Taliban figure Abdul Ghani Baradar. Photograph: Sefa Karacan/Anadolu Agency via Getty

Abdul Ghani Baradar gets glowing write-up in magazine’s list of ‘extraordinary leaders’

 Iranian president Ebrahim Raisi (R) talks to Iraqi prime minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi (L) at the presidential palace in Tehran. Photograph: Iranian presidential office handout/EPA

Mustafa al-Kadhimi’s trip to Tehran is timely ahead of October 10th election

A man pushes his Mercedes past a closed petrol station in Dora, Lebanon, outside Beirut in  July. Photograph:   Bryan Denton/The New York Times

Breakthrough after input from France opens way to possible resumption of talks with IMF

Although denied the top job, Taliban deputy  Abdul Ghani Baradar   is regarded as de facto leader. Photograph: Sefa Karacan/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

Hardliners get key posts as international community’s call for inclusive cabinet rejected

Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid: The Taliban’s delay springs from a longstanding division between Pakistani-loyalist and Afghan-nationalist factions, according to the American Enterprise Institute think tank’s Michael Rubin.  Photograph: Wakil Kohsar/AFP via Getty

Infighting rupturing force in control and ‘a unitary Taliban has always been illusionary’

The last US service member to leave Afghanistan, Maj Gen Chris Donahue,  boarding a C-17 cargo plane at Kabul airport. Photograph: US Central Command via The New York Times

Costs of War project looks at consequences of conflicts the US has waged since 9/11 attacks

 Refugees evacuated from Kabul Afghanistan wait to board a bus at Dulles International Airport that will take them to a refugee processing centre   in Dulles, Virginia, in the US.  Photograph:  Win McNamee/Getty Images

Neighbouring states adopt divergent policies while Europe keen to protect itself from waves of illegal immigrants

No overall authority has been put in charge of daily affairs and Kabul airport remains closed to normal traffic. File photograph: Getty

Emergence of Isis-K a taste of things to come in wake of calamitous withdrawal of allied forces

The aftermath of an attack  by Isis-K on a girls’ school in Kabul in May of this year in which 68 people were killed and 165 injured. Photograph:  Haroon Sabawoon/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

There had been fears the group would strike Taliban fighters, US troops and Afghans and foreigners

Taliban fighters in Kabul. Photograph: Rahmat Gul/AP Photo

US president says he will support British calls for sanctions if Taliban commit abuses

Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid. Photograph: Hoshang Hashimi/AFP via Getty

Goal appears to be removal of terrorist designation and release of much-needed funds

Taliban political office chief Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar (left) meets Qatari foreign minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani in Doha. Photograph: Qatari ministry of foreign affairs/AFP

Ousted Afghan president Ashraf Ghani and family are in United Arab Emirates

A newspaper stall in Karachi. Pakistan could face blowback for sponsoring and hosting the Afghan Taliban if the Pakistani Taliban revive. Photograph: Shahzaib Akber/EPA

Fundamentalists in neighbouring Central Asian countries likely to be boosted by success

Supporters of Yemen’s Houthi rebels chant slogans during a rally to protest the blockade imposed on their country by the Saudi-led coalition, in the capital Sanaa on August 8th, 2021. Photograph: Mohammed Huwais/AFP via Getty

Some 32,000 in rebel-held north not able to travel outside country for life-saving treatment

Activists during a vigil on Sunday in honour of those who died in last August’s Beirut Port explosion. Photograph: Hussein Malla/AP Photo

Nearly 80% of population now lives in poverty, UN says, as currency continues to tumble

Outgoing Iranian  president Hassan Rouhani and Iran’s newly inaugurated president Ebrahim Raisi during a handover ceremony in Tehran. Photograph: Iranian Presidency/AFP via Getty Images

Ebrahim Raisi won 62% of vote in controversial election boycotted by 52% of voters

More than 200 people were killed and in excess of 6,000 injured in the Beirut blast that devastated the port area on August 4th, 2020. Photograph: EPA

Families yet to return to homes while Norwegian Refugee Council says 70,000 jobless

The  Iraq National Museum in Baghdad after it reopened in February 2009 following vandalism and looting. Photograph:    Wathiq Khuzaie/Getty Images

Items dating back to 4500 BC flown back with Iraq’s PM following Washington visit

 Prime minister-designate Najib Mikati may be able to stand up to president Michel Aoun, who has stalled government formation for nine months. Photograph: Wael Hamzeh/EPA

Najib Mikati is seen by many as a stalwart of the elite, but he has French and US backing

Shia militia fighters in Tal Afar, Iraq: Prime minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi has been powerless to end the killings of some 40 activists.  File photograph: Ivor Prickett/New York Times

Militia leaders populate Baghdad parliament and fighters control villages, towns and cities

Yemenis visit  graves on the second day of the Muslim religious holiday of Eid al-Adha, in Sana’a: Quincy authors argue the “largest single-year increase in regional interventionism” was the US-backed, Saudi-led war against Yemeni rebels. Photograph: Yahya Arhab

Quincy Institute points to US’s weapon exports and own role in region’s interventions

Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan gives a speech following a parade in the self-declared Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, on Tuesday. Photograph: Iakovos Hatzistavrou/AFP via Getty Images

Tatar says Greek Cypriots will be invited to return to Varosha amid invasion anniversary

 Lebanese soldiers fire rubber bullets amid clashes in Beirut with supporters of  prime minister-designate Saad Hariri, who stepped down saying he was unable to form a government. Photograph: AFP via Getty

US and France plan conference to support stricken Beirut on anniversary of port blast

Bassem Awadallah, one of two former officials accused of helping Jordanian Prince Hamzah try to overthrow his half-brother King Abdullah II, is shown on a live screen as he attends a verdict hearing at a state security court, in Amman, Jordan in July 2021. The court sentenced the two to 15 years in prison. Photograph: Raad Adayleh/AP Photo

Bassem Awadallah and businessman Sharif Hassan bin Zaid jailed for 15 years for sedition

Loujain al-Hathloul: one prison guard wrote that the prominent female rights campaigner  “was subjected to unprecedented sexual harassment” which he witnessed.  Photograph: Rania Sanjar/ AFP via Getty Images

Human Rights Watch report cites prison guards who described ‘harrowing scenes’

Saudi crown prince Mohammad bin Salman (left) and his Abu Dhabi counterpart Mohammed bin Zayed during a meeting in   Abu Dhabi, UAE, in  2018. Photograph:Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

The Emirati broke with the Saudis by establishing relations with Israel, while Riyadh has challenged the Emirates as a commercial (...)

Palestinian students in Gaza  who received letters from US children, prepare messages in bottles as a response. Photograph:  Mahmud Hams/AFP via Getty

Human rights body says Israel, in May, carried out disproportionate attacks in areas where 75% of the inhabitants were children an(...)

A  boy collects items from the street as a fire burns behind  during a protest in Beirut against living conditions amid the ongoing economical and political crisis. Photograph: Marwan Tahtah/AFP/Getty

Recession, political deadlock and Covid-19 have left families in ‘dire situation’

An Iran-backed Iraqi Shia armed group member stands guard in Baghdad at a funeral of a comrade killed in a US airstrike near the Iraqi border with Syria. Photograph: Ahmed Jalil

Commanders of Iran-sponsored fighters strike accord after fatalities inflicted by US

Palestinians attend a concert titled Music among the Rubble in front of al-Shuruq tower, levelled by an Israeli air strike during last month’s conflict, in Gaza city’s al-Rimal neighbourhood. Photograph: Mohammed Abed/ AFP via Getty

Evidence ‘paints a damning picture of discrimination’, says human rights group

A Yemeni fighter backed by the Saudi-led coalition fires his weapon during clashes with Houthi rebels on the Kassara frontline near Marib, Yemen on June 20th. Photograph: Nariman El-Mofty/AP

Houthis seek lifting of blockades on ports, airport in exchange for talks on nationwide truce

A woman holds a poster of Iran’s newly elected president Ebrahim Raisi, with text in Persian reading ‘government of the people, strong Iran’, as supporters celebrate his victory in Imam Hussein square in the capital Tehran on Saturday. Photograph: Atta Kenare /AFP via Getty Images

Former ultra-conservative chief justice is a protege of supreme leader Ayatollah Khameini

 A supporter of Iranian ultraconservative presidential candidate Ebrahim Raisi raises his portrait during a rally in Tehran on Wednesday. Photograph:  Atta Kenare/AFP via Getty Images

Regime presses case of Ebrahim Raisi as voters expected to shun poll seen as illegitimate

 The devastating explosion in the Lebanese port of Beirut   on August 4th, 2020.  Photographs: Moufac Harb/AFP/Getty Images

Amnesty says Lebanese authorities have ‘obstructed, evaded and delayed ongoing domestic investigation’

 Bassem Awadallah: holds dual Jordanian-Saudi citizenship and served as economic adviser to Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Salman, the de facto ruler of his country. File photograph: Joseph Barrak/AFP

Charges for ex-finance minister and minor ruling family member include inciting sedition

 Displaced Yemeni children  outside at a camp for internally displaced persons  on the outskirts of Sana’a, Yemen on June 8th. Photograph: Yahya Arhab/EPA

De-escalation to prepare ‘political ground for a peace process’, says Saudi spokesman

Palestinian activist Mohammad el-Kurd, right, is embraced by his sister Maha after being released by Israeli authorities in the neighbourhood of Sheikh Jarrah. Photograph: Ahmad Gharabli/AFP via Getty

Decision due on evictions as Israeli far-right march in Jerusalem’s Old City is cancelled

Head of the Arab Israeli Islamic conservative party Raam Mansour Abbas (right) signing a coalition agreement with Israel’s opposition leader Yair Lapid (left) and right-wing nationalist tech millionaire Naftali Bennett in Ramat Gan near  Tel Aviv. Photograph: United Arab List Raam/AFP via Getty

Leaders of five parties in new Israeli coalition have served in Netanyahu cabinets

 Anti-government protesters carry Lebanese flags as they shout slogans during a protest under the slogan ‘Beirut will not die’  in Beirut on Monday. Photograph; Wael Hamzeh/EPA

Bank says country ‘faces a dangerous depletion of resources, including human capital’

Cypriot president Nicos Anastasiades casting his ballot at a polling station in Limassol on Sunday. Photograph: Stavros Ioannides/PIO/AFP via Getty

Main Greek Cypriot parties lose out to ultra-nationalists, socialists, centrists, Greens

A Palestinian woman walks past a destroyed building in the al-Rimal commercial district in Gaza City on May 22nd.  Photograph: Emmanuel Dunand/AFP via Getty Images

US pledges $75m in relief following 11-day bombardment, while Ireland offers €1.5m

International Atomic Energy Agency director general  Rafael Mariano Grossi: Iran extended for another  month agency access to video images of aspects of its nuclear programme. Photograph: Christian Bruna

Lifting of US sanctions key to progress amid eagerness to restart accord Trump cancelled

 Palestinians take stock of the  damage to buildings in Al-Saftawi street northern Gaza city. Photograph:  Fatima Shbair/Getty Images

Buildings and vital infrastructure have been reduced to rubble by the recent fighting

 Israeli prime minister  Benjamin Netanyahu shakes hands with former US president Donald Trump in the White House in Washington  after the after the unveiling of the US’s controversial Middle East peace plan in  2020.  Photograph: Michael Reynolds/EPA

Two-state solution now firmly back on the agenda of the international community

People gather to demonstrate in support of Palestinians and to protest against Israeli attacks on the Gaza Strip in Rabat, Morocco. Photograph:  Jalal Morchidi/EPA

Devastation in Gaza revives Arab empathy with Palestinians, forcing their rulers to act

Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas  speaking during an emergency meeting of the Fatah Central Committee and the PLO Executive Committee in the occupied West Bank city of Ramallah on May 12th. Photograph:  Abbas Momani/AFP via Getty Images

By launching rockets into Israel, Hamas has laid claim to the ‘street’ in East Jerusalem, the West Bank and Gaza

Israeli security forces detain a Palestinian protester outside the Damascus Gate in Jerusalem’s Old City on April 29th. Photograph: Ahmad Gharabli/AFP via Getty

Analysis: Provocative Israeli moves spark most dangerous outbreak of warfare since 2014

Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Salman: he  launched a $100bn  stalemated war in Yemen,  Photograph: AFP Photo

Riyadh no longer enjoys the unequivocal backing of the US administration

French minister for Europe and foreign affairs Jean Yves Le Drian: “We reserve the possibility to adopt additional measures toward all those who are hindering a solution to the crisis.” Photograph: Aurelien Meunier/Getty

Paris curbing access to its territory for officials implicated in blockage or corruption

 UN secretary general António Guterres at the Cyprus talks in Geneva: He said the UN could try again in “two or three months”.  Photograph: Martial Trezzini/EPA

Informal meeting of divided island’s leaders aimed at resuming reunification efforts

Iran’s deputy foreign minister Abbas Araghchi (right) leaves a hotel after a a talks meeting in Vienna, Austria, on Wednesday. Photograph: Christian Bruna/EPA

Mid-May deadline set for achieving roadmap as presidential elections take place in June

Turkish-Cypriot demonstrators   rally in the capital Nicosia calling for a federal solution to the Mediterranean island’s problems. Photograph: Birol Bebek/AFP/Getty

Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots to discuss the decades-old division of the island

Israeli security forces stand guard at the Qalandia checkpoint between Ramallah and Jerusalem, as a Palestinian man crosses to attend the second Friday prayers  of Ramadan at the Al-Aqsa mosque, on April 23rd. Photograph:   Abbas Momani/Afp  via Getty

Hamas has warned that delay would harm efforts to achieve Palestinian unity

Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Salman: Restoration of relations would be a gain for both parties but could mark a major shift for the Saudis and their allies. Photograph: Erin Schaff/The New York Times

Reported meeting points to desire for better relations that could help rescue nuclear deal

Delegation members from the parties to the Iran nuclear deal – Germany, France, Britain, China, Russia and Iran – attending a meeting at the Grand Hotel of Vienna as they try to restore the deal. Photograph:  AFP via Getty Images

Accord of 2015 was abandoned by the Trump administration three years later

 Taliban members in Laghman Province, Afghanistan: Many fear the extremist group will return to power after the Americans leave. Photograph: Jim Huylebroek/New York Times

Taliban’s 85,000 fighters poised to battle way back to power after US and Nato forces leave

 King Abdullah II bin Al-Hussein of Jordan and Prince  Prince Hashim bin Al Hussein were joined by  Prince Hamzah (centre second row) among other royal family members at prayers at the tombs of their forefathers in a supposed show of unity as they marked the centenary of the Kingdom in Amman, Jordan. Photograph: Youssef Allan/EPA

Prince to be ‘dealt with withing the framework of the royal family’

Palestinian refugees play outside their family’s house in al-Shatea refugee camp in Gaza City. Photograph: Epa/Mohammed Saber

Humanitarian aid signals re-engagement but at a fraction of previous levels of funding

 Iran’s governor to the International Atomic Energy Agency, Kazem Gharib Abadi,  leavings a  meeting in Vienna, Austria. Photograph: EPA/Christian Bruna

Working groups to identify limitations on Iran’s nuclear programme and sanctions that US must lift

A man cycles past garbage containers set on fire by protesters blocking access to the Lebanese Central Bank in Beirut, Lebanon in  March. Photograph: AP Photo/Hussein Malla

Pandemic kills tourism, war in Syria halts trade, while US sanctions pummel banking

Prince Hamzah bin Al Hussein raised the suspicions of Jordan’s security forces by taking part in meetings where Herak tribesmen have criticised the king. Photograph:  Khalil Mazraawi/AFP via Getty Images

Prince denies taking part in a conspiracy or planning to destabilise the kingdom

Syrian children watch a puppet show performed by a local theatre group amidst the ruins of buildings destroyed during Syria’s civil war, in al-Fua, in the country’s northwestern Idlib province. Photograph: Omar Haj Kadour/AFP/Getty

EU-sponsored donors’ conference raises $6.4bn rather than the target of $10bn

 Syrian women and children  wait for departure, as another group of Syrian families is released from the Kurdish-run al-Hol camp which holds suspected relatives of Islamic State group fighters, in northeastern Syria. Photograph: Delil Souleiman/AFP via Getty Images

Both Syrians and foreigners suspected of supporting terror group caught in sweep

The Taiwan-owned MV Ever Given (Evergreen), a 400-metre-long and 59-metre wide vessel lodged sideways and impeding all traffic across the waterway of Egypt’s Suez Canal. Photograph: Maxar Technologies/EPA

Egyptian president eager to limit disruptive debacle as flow of goods totally halted

Palestinian president and Fatah leader Mahmoud Abbas.   Photograph: STR/EPA

Parties could be forced into uneasy coalition, with Fatah fractured by two defectors

Forces loyal to Yemen’s Houthi rebels prepare to carry the coffins of fellow fighters killed in battles with Saudi-backed government troops in the Marib region on March 23rd. Photograph: Mohammed Huwais / AFP via Getty

Houthi spokesman calls for complete lifting of Saudi air and naval blockades

Israeli media reported that Jordan’s Prince Hussein turned back at an Israeli-operated West Bank crossing due to disagreement over the large number of armed guards in his party. File photograph: Khalil Mazraawi/AFP via Getty Images

Prince Hussein cancels trip to Jerusalem compound over security arrangements

US secretary of state Antony Blinken: “The US supports a unified, stable Yemen free from foreign influence . . . there is no military solution of the six-year conflict.”  Photograph: Ting Shen

Rebels view proposal as Saudi-authored and seek to take Marib city and avenge bombings

A balloon street vendor walks by shops in the city of Raqa in east central Syria.  After a decade of unfathomable violence and human tragedy, the fighting has tapered off but the suffering hasn’t. Photograph: Delil Souleiman/AFP/Getty

Country destroyed by decade of conflict following unfulfilled promise of Arab Spring

UAE foreign minister Abdullah bin Zayed Nahyan speaks as then US president Donald Trump looks on during the signing ceremony of the Abraham Accords on the south lawn of the White House last September. Photograph: Alex Wong/Getty Images

Foreign minister calls for end to Syria’s suspension from Arab League membership

Mohsen Rezaei: former Revolutionary Guards commander and potential conservative presidential candidate.  Photograph:  Majid Saeedi/Getty Images

Mohsen Rezaei says sanctions would have to be lifted monthly during talks on a renewal of the 2015 deal

 An anti-government protester carries a national flag as other burn tyres   during a protest against the power cuts, the high cost of living, the low purchasing power of the Lebanese pound at Bchara Khoury  in Beirut, Lebanon. Photograph: Wael Hamzeh/EPA

Steep fall in the value of the Lebanese lira as families struggle to afford essential foodstuffs

Displaced Yemeni children and a woman appear near their huts at a camp for Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) on the outskirts of Sana’a, Yemen. Photograph: Yahya Arhab/EPA

Yemen in ‘imminent danger’ of worst famine the world has seen in decades, UN hears

 Director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency Rafael Grossi: “The inspection work of the agency should not be put on the negotiating table as a bargaining chip.” Photograph:  Joe Klamar

Tehran and Moscow warn of moves complicating efforts to revive 2015 accord

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman of Saudi Arabia Saudi:  exiles and human rights activists say the US administration must hold him accountable for the Khashoggi killing. Photograph: Erin Schaff/The New York Times

Human rights body says US only penalising prince’s associates sends ‘terrible message’

Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi was murdered in 2018. File photograph: Mohammed al-Shaikh/AFP/Getty

Firm controlled by Mohammed Bin Salman owns jets used by assassination squad

Iranian foreign ministry spokesman Saied Khatibzadeh  in Tehran on Monday. Iran hailed as a “significant achievement” a temporary agreement Tehran reached with the head of the  nuclear watchdog IAEA on site inspections.  Photograph: Getty Images

Time to save 2015 nuclear accord may be running out as Iran is set to elect president in June to replace moderate Hassan Rouhani

Then US vice-president Joe Biden and Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem in 2016. Photograph: Debbie Hill/POOL/AFP via Getty Images

US president marks reset by distancing himself from both crown prince and Netanyahu

Palestinian women with  impaired hearing get cartoon production training:  Female literacy in Gaza is 93 per cent, only 5 per cent less than males. Photograph: Majdi Fathi/NurPhoto

Coinciding with opening of Gaza crossing into Egypt, move sets back rights in strip

Forces loyal to Yemen’s Saudi-backed government get into position during clashes with Houthi rebel fighters in the al-Jadaan area about 50km northwest of Marib in central Yemen on February 11th. Photograph: Mumen Khatib/AFP via Getty Images

Biden administration freezes arms sales to Saudis and UAE in bid to end six-year conflict

Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas. A Palestinian presidential election is scheduled for later this year. File photograph: Alaa Badarneh/Pool/AFP via Getty Images

Votes aim to inject democratic legitimacy into discredited leadership as support wanes

Celebrations of the Egyptian revolution, off Tahrir Square in Cairo, Egypt on February 11th, 2011. Photograph:  Kim Badawi/Getty Images

Mubarak was removed by the army although he did not personally concede defeat

The mother and brother of Mohammad, one of four children from the extended Bakr family killed during the 2014 Israeli-Palestinian conflict, visit the victim’s grave in al-Shati refugee camp in Gaza City. Photograph: Mahmud Hams

Hague to investigate crimes against humanity by both sides in occupied territories

A fighter of the Southern Transitional Council  watches as a military vehicle belonging to Saudi-backed government forces burns during clashes in the southern Abyan province of Yemen. Photograph:  AFP via Getty Images

Biden has reversed the policy of providing diplomatic, intelligence and logistical backing to the Saudis and their Emirati partner(...)

Iranian foreign minister Javad Zarif: he says  Tehran can turn off enrichment “in one day”. Photograph: AFP Photo

Tehran has suggested EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell can ‘co-ordinate’ efforts of both sides to restore the accord

Protests in  Lebanon’s port city of Tripoli: high unemployment and rising poverty  are driving the unrest. Photograph: Fathi al-Masri

Caretaker cabinet struggles to cope amid threats by France to withhold vital funding

Then US vice-president Joe Biden  with Israel’s prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu  in 2010. Biden understands the resumption of efforts to resolve the Palestinian/Arab-Israeli conflict fosters stability even if these efforts do not achieve progress. Photograph: Getty Images

President has recommitted the US to the establishment of a ‘viable’ Palestinian state alongside Israel

Tunisian protesters gesture as they shout slogans during an anti-government demonstration in the capital, Tunis. Photograph:  Fethi Belaid/AFP via Getty

Calls for second revolution amid rising unemployment and poverty as economy shrinks

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