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Commuter train passes an election poster for President Recep Erdogan in Istanbul in  June, 2018: people are driven by fear of persecution and economic mismanagement. Photograph:  Sergey Ponomarev/New York Times

For 17 years, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan won elections by offering voters a vision of restoring the glories of Turkey’s Ottoman past. He extended (...)

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko (L) stands together with Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I (C) and Metropolitan Epiphanius, the head of the independent Ukrainian Orthodox Church (R). Photograph: Ozan Kose/AFP

The spiritual head of Orthodox Christians worldwide formally granted independence to the Ukrainian church on Saturday, marking an historic split from (...)

The killing of Mr Khashoggi has strained the decades-long ties the kingdom enjoys with the United States. File Photograph: Hasan Jamali /  AP

Saudi Arabia has announced it will seek the death penalty against five suspects over the killing of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi. The k(...)

 Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, heir apparent to the ailing King Salman, has enjoyed almost unlimited power in the kingdom. Photograph:  Fayez Nireldine/ AFP

For most of the Middle East and North Africa, 2018 was somewhat less volatile than the past several years. The upheavals of recent years – in particul(...)

Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks during an annual end-of-year news conference in Moscow. File photograph: Maxim Zmeyev/Reuters

Democracy is suffering a mid-life crisis – its best days are behind it, its future uncertain, the academic David Runciman argues in his recent book, H(...)

Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubei. Photograph: EPA

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman has issued an overhaul of top government posts in the wake of international fallout from the killing of Saudi writer Jamal (...)

Shots are fired from a vehicle during heavy fighting between the Yemeni government and Houthis in Hodeidah, Yemen. Image: Arab 24/via Reuters

Yemen’s Red Sea Hodeidah port and neighbouring city were quiet on Tuesday, although a ceasefire that came into effect at midnight was violated for sev(...)

 A protestor wears a mask of Saudi crown prince Mohammad Bin Salman with a red painted hands during the demonstration in front of Saudi Arabian consulate in Istanbul, Turkey, on October 25th. Photography: EPA

Saudi Arabia on Monday denounced US Senate resolutions calling for an end to US military support for the war in Yemen and blaming Crown Prince Mohamme(...)

A girl walks near her house destroyed in an air strike carried out by the Saudi-led coalition in Faj Attan village, Sana’a, Yemen, last Thursday. Photograph: Mohamed al-Sayaghi/Reuters

The Yemeni ceasefire and disengagement deal agreed last week is a substantial breakthrough and the most hopeful sign yet that this disastrous war can (...)

Soldiers patrol near the Christmas market where, on Tuesday, a man shot 14 people, killing at least two people.  Photograph: homas Lohnes/Getty Images

The terrorist attack that left at least two people dead in Strasbourg on Tuesday night is a grim reminder of the high risk Europe continues to face fr(...)

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