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

Iraqi mourners pray over the coffin of a victim  in the twin suicide bombing in central Baghdad on Thursday which killed 32 and wounded 110. Photograph: Ali Najafi/AFP via Getty Images

Terror group recruiting veterans as country’s economy falters and Covid-19 spreads

Iranians  shopping at the Tajrish bazaar in Tehran. Iran desperately needs to end US sanctions in order to access  equipment, medications and vaccines to contain the spread of coronavirus.  Photograph: Abedin Taherkenareh/EPA

Middle Eastern leaders jockey for position as they welcome advent of new US president

 US president Donald Trump speaks to  troops during a surprise Thanksgiving visit at Bagram Air Field in Afghanistan November 2019. Photograph: Olivier Douliery/AFP

Incoming president faces unpopular move of redeploying troops to prevent Taliban takeover

Mike Pompeo: said  Iran  has taken over from Afghanistan and Pakistan as al-Qaeda’s   main “sanctuary for the terror group’s senior leaders as they plan attacks against America and our allies”. Photograph: Justin Lane/EPA

Secretary of state’s parting shot designed to undermine Biden administration’s bid to recalibrate relations with Tehran

Middle Eastern social media users say protests in their countries are pro-democracy

Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani attending the 41st Gulf Co-operation Council summit. Photograph: Bandar Alajaloud/Saudi royal court/EPA

Qatari emir refused to capitulate to Saudi, Emirati demands and ostracism campaign

Saudi activist  Loujain Hathloul:  she was recently sentenced by a terrorism court to nearly six years in prison, with two years and 10 months suspend. Photograph: Facebook/AFP via Getty Images

Women can now apply for name changes for themselves and their children, and alter their social status without approval of male gua(...)

Nisour Square in Baghdad, where 14 Iraqis were killed in 2007 by Blackwater mercenaries. Photograph: Michael Kamber/The New York Times

Move increases pressure on Mustafa al-Kadhimi to reiterate parliament’s demand for the withdrawal of all US troops

 Joe Biden:  has the opportunity to contribute to the stabilisation of the deeply troubled Middle East region. Photograph:  Joshua Roberts/Getty Images

Incoming president’s regional priority is to ease tensions between Shia Iran and Sunni Arab states.

Crown prince accused of dispatching agents to kill exiled senior Saudi official in Canada

Tunisians  gather at Mohamed Bouazizi Square in the central Tunisian town of Sidi Bouzid on December 17th 2020, during commemorations of the 10th anniversary of Bouazizi’s self-immolation which triggered a wave of protests across the North African country. Photograph: Fethi Belaid/AFP via Getty Images

Across the Arab world, poverty, injustice, conflict and authoritarian rule are still rife

 A girl reacts as she waits to get a school bag provided by a local aid group, Mona Relief Yemen, at a public school in Sana’a, Yemen. Mona Relief Yemen has distributed school bags to encourage girls to keep attending classes as the number of out-of-school children is estimated at more than two million. Photograph: EPA/YAHYA ARHAB

World Food Programme warns that Yemen could face famine in 2021

Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Morocco’s King Mohammed VI: Morocco established a low-level office in Tel Aviv once peace talks began between Palestinians and Israelis. It closed in 2002 during the second Palestinian uprising.  Photograph: Debbie Hill and Laudes Martial Mbon

Establishment of full diplomatic links defended despite Arab League resolution

Lebanese prime minister-designate Saad Hariri (right) and  Lebanese caretaker prime minister Hassan Diab  at the government palace in Beirut on December 11th.  Photograph: EPA/Dalati Nohra

Human Rights Watch says Lebanese government’s failure to pay its medical bills ‘seriously endangers health of the population’

The  Tajrish bazaar in Tehran, Iran. With more than a million cases and 50,000 fatalities, Iran has suffered the most widespread and deadly Covid-19 infection rate in the Middle East. Photograph: EPA/Abedin Taherkenareh

Washington’s European allies and human rights groups have called for the lifting of sanctions against Iran during the pandemic

Nihaya Issa, (33) an Iraqi woman displaced from Mosul,  at al-Khazir camp for the internally displaced, located between Iraq’s northern city of Mosul and the capital of the autonomous Kurdish region Arbil.  Photograph:  Safin Hamed/AFP via Getty

Closures follow concern camps could become new breeding grounds for Isis

Egypt’s president Abdel Fattah al-Sisi: he has instigated a widespread crackdown on activists, journalists and critics.  Photograph: Getty Images

Amnesty International says Egypt executed 57 men and women in October and November, compared with 32 during all of 2019

The destroyed Beirut port. Photograph: Joseph Eid/AFP via Getty

Political class squabbles over cabinet formation rather than addressing Macron plan

Iranian mourners attend the burial ceremony of slain nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh at Imamzadeh Saleh shrine in northern Tehran on Monday. Photograph: Getty

Rouhani keen for Biden to reaffirm nuclear deal as Arab states condemn killing

An anti-government protester holds a picture of Lebanese president Michel Aoun  during a demonstration  in Beirut’s Ashrafieh district. Photograph: AP Photo/Hassan Ammar

Macron has urged all political forces in Lebanon to set aside their personal and sectarian interests to help the people

 Saudi activist Loujain al-Hathloul:  According to Amnesty and ALQST, she and other women detainees have been beaten, given electric shocks and sexually harassed. Photograph: Facebook/AFP via Getty Images

Family highlights Loujain al-Hathloul’s case in hope of securing better conditions for activist

Yemenis bury the body of a Houthi fighter allegedly killed in recent fighting with Saudi-backed government forces, at a cemetery in Sanaa. Photograph: Yahya Arhab/EPA

Aid agencies criticise Trump administration’s move in country ravaged by war and famine

Saudi activist Loujain al-Hathloul: has been on hunger strike since October 26th. Photograph: Facebook

Virtual event to focus on pandemic concerns as critics call for boycott of Riyadh for abuses

Palestinian prime minister Mohammad Shtayyeh: Cash-strapped authority needs Israel  to transfer taxes and tariffs.  Photograph: Issam Rimawi/Anadolu Agency

Finance likely motivator of return to security collaboration and intelligence sharing

Lebanon had contained the spread of coronavirus from March to July, but cases began to soar in August after the port blast. Photograph: Hasan Shaaban/Bloomberg

Cases of coronavirus top 100,000 as police patrol streets to ensure compliance

Palestinian UN doctors with patients waiting at the entrance of the Rimal health centre affiliated with the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian refugees (Unrwa)  in Gaza City on November Tuesday. Photograph: Mohammed Abed/AFP via Getty Images

Unrwa says staff face pay deferrals unless it can raise €60m in coming weeks

 Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani: Iran ‘considers constructive engagement with the world as a strategy’. Photograph:  EPA

Biden administration likely to re-engage with Tehran rather than punish it

  Joe Biden (L) walks to a joint press conference with Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas after their March 2010 meeting at the presidential compound in Ramallah, West Bank. Photograph: Uriel Sinai/Getty Images

Autocrats will mourn Trump’s loss, but most will not miss his destabilising effect

US president Donald Trump  with Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud (left)   in Riyadh in May 2017. Photograph:   Bandar Al-Jaloud/Saudi Royal Palace/AFP via Getty Images

Survey finds 39% back Democratic candidate while only 12% support Donald Trump

French police block  access to the Notre Dame de l’Assomption basilica in Nice after   Brahim Aouissaoui killed  three people at the church. Photograph:  Valery Hache/AFP via Getty Images

Brahim Aouissaoui one of thousands of young Tunisian men radicalised by Islamic State, al-Qaeda

Palestinian demonstrators lift placards protesting the Sudan normalisation agreement with Israel, in Rafah town in the southern Gaza Strip last Saturday. Photograph:  Said Khatib/AFP via Getty Images

Discussions to be held in coming weeks amid division between proponents and opponents

A Yemeni woman feeds her malnourished child through a tube at a UN-supported hospital in Sana’a, Yemen, last Tuesday. Photograph: Yahya Arhab/EPA

Saudi Arabia has halved its pledge to $500m while Emirates have given nothing this year

Saad Hariri: previously served as Lebanese prime minister from 2009-11 and from 2016-2020 but struggled to resolve the nation’s many problems. Photograph: Wael Hamzeh/EPA

Clashes erupt in Beirut after president’s nominee secures narrow backing of parliament

The-newly elected Turkish Cypriot leader Ersin Tatar talks to his supporters, Sunday, October 18th, 2020. Photograph: AP Photo/Nedim Enginsoy

Surprise victory by nationalist Ersin Tatar could torpedo UN efforts to restart talks

 Saudi Arabian crown prince Mohammed bin Salman on an official visit to Paris in  April, 2018. (Photograph: Stephane Cardinale/Corbis via Getty Images

Kingdom was only candidate not to secure a seat on the 47-member UN human rights council

A Lebanese anti-government protester draped in a national flag sits overlooking the Mohammed al-Amin mosque and the Martyrs square in Beirut on November 14th, 2019. Photograph:  Patrick Baz/AFP via Getty Images

Good-humoured protests a year ago soon turned fractious – and then tragedy struck

A man prays inside the bomb-damaged Ghazanchetsots (Holy Saviour) Cathedral in the historic city of Shusha,   15km from the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region’s capital Stepanakert. Photograph: Aris Messinis/AFP/Getty

Turkey’s involvement in Nagorno-Karabakh most recent in series of opportunistic moves

Turkish-Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci: Liberal, secular Turkish Cypriots resent Ankara’s interference in their affairs. Photograph: Birol Bebek

Re-election of Akinci would reboot UN-brokered talks on bi-zonal bi-communality

Women at an ATM in Tehran: Iran  has struggled to purchase wheat, maize and soybeans to shore up reserves as coronavirus cuts agricultural output. Photograph: Atta Kenare

Trump move puts Iranians at risk of hunger and illness in context of Covid-19 pandemic

A view of deserted buildings of the tourist area of Varosha, in the fenced off area of Famagusta, in the Turkish-occupied north of Cyprus. Photograph: Birol Bebek/AFP via Getty

Cyrus’s president Nicos Anastasiades calls move ‘exceptionally unacceptable’

A boy stands in line with women to receive aid at the Kurdish-run al-Hol camp in northeastern Syria, where families of Islamic State foreign fighters are held. Photograph: Delil Souleiman/AFP via Getty Images

Thousands to be allowed leave squalid camp in Syria after outbreaks of Covid-19

US secretary of state Mike Pompeo: Baghdad is concerned the US may launch military strikes to re-energise president Donald Trump’s faltering bid for re-election. Photograph: Riccardo Antimiani

Pompeo pressure to disarm pro-Iran militias comes as ‘October surprise’ strikes feared

French president Emmanuel Macron: “All of them bet on the worst-case scenario for the sake of saving themselves, the interests of their family or their clan.” Photograph: Petras Malukas

In wake of Mustapha Adib resigning, French president condemns ‘collective betrayal’

Palestinian foreign minister Riyad al-Maliki: he claimed the Emirates and Bahrain had established “the foundations for an era of capitulation to the enemy”. Photograph: AFP via Getty Images

Blockade of Gaza described as ‘almost a death sentence during the pandemic’

From left: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel; US president Donald Trump; foreign ministers  Abdullatif bin Rashid Al-Zayani,   Bahrain, and   Abdullah bin Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan,  UAE, during a signing ceremony for the Abraham Accords at the White House.  Photograph: Doug Mills/The New York Times

Normalisation without peace is seen by most Arabs as breaking Arab ranks

Lebanon’s President Michel Aoun and prime minister-designate Mustapha Adib: Popular rejection of the political elite has intensified since the Beirut port blast. Photograph:  Dalati and Nohra

No ministers named in Beirut amid calls for reform and access to $21bn in pledged funds

 Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz: remains committed to the Saudi-authored peace plan adopted by the 2002 Beirut Arab summit.  Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Saudi Arabia unwilling to normalise relations with Israel until it withdraws from conquered Arab territory

 Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas holds a placard showing the diminishing size of Palestinian territory since the  1947 United Nations partition plan  as he addresses a video conference from Ramallah. Photograph: Alan Badarneh/AFP/Getty

Concern rising over stark implications of deal between UAE and Israel

The damaged Sursock Palace in Beirut, home of the late Lady Yvonne Cochrane Sursock, her Irish-born son Roderick and his family. Photograph: Anwar Amro

Married in 1946 to Ireland’s honorary consul, she was both grande dame and caretaker

Lebanese prime minister Mustapha Adib has to form a government quickly.  Photograph: AP

Mustapha Adib must satisfy international donors and also deal with warring camps

US secretary of state Mike Pompeo meeting  with Bahrain’s crown prince Salman bin Hamad bin Isa al-Khalifa in Manama this week. Photograph:  AFP via Getty Images

Mike Pompeo’s tour of the Middle East failed to gain support for normalising ties with Israel

 Hizbullah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah. Photograph: Al-Manar TV/EPA

One-time revolutionary Shia movement now a status quo party opposing popular protests

Saudi foreign minister prince Faisal bin Farhan reiterated Saudi characterisations of Israel’s  settlement construction in the West Bank as ‘illegitimate’. Photograph: John MacDougall - Pool/Getty

Saudi minister says ‘peace must be achieved’ on the basis of international agreements

 A statue of Lebanon’s former prime minister Rafik al-Hariri is seen near the site of the 2005 bombing that killed him  in Beirut, Lebanon. Photograph:  Chris McGrath/Getty Images

Court rules there is no proof Syria was involved in Hariri’s assassination

Palestinian demonstrators hold slogans reading in Arabic “normalisation is betrayal” during a demonstration in Gaza City  against a US-brokered deal between Israel and the UAE to normalise relations. Photograph:  Mohammed Abed/AFP/via Getty Images

Thursday’s announcement underlines split in Arab world on Palestinian question

Firefighters carry the coffin of their colleague Joe Noun, who was killed in the city’s massive blast, during his funeral at the fire station in Karantina neighbourhood near the port on Wednesday. Photograph: Getty

With 200 dead, 6,000 injured and 300,000 destitute, the mood in Beirut is unbending

Beirut port six days after an explosion there rocked the city,  killed at least 200, and injured thousands. Photograph: Wael Hamza/EPA

Resignation of government could enable international donors to sideline corrupt administration

 Anti-government protesters rally in Beirut, Lebanon. Photograph: Nabil Mounzer/EPA

Beirut blasts convince more and more that they live in a failed state

An aerial photograph shows the huge damage done to Beirut port’s grain silos and the area around it, on Wednesday. Photograph:  AFP via Getty Images

Devastating blast will widen political divisions and send many more into poverty

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