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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

Palestine has decided to quit the rotating presidency of the Arab League council in response to the organisation’s refusal to condemn Emirati and Bahr(...)

Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu, US president Donald Trump, Bahrain foreign minister Abdullatif al-Zayani and UAE foreign minister Abdullah bin Zayed Al-Nahyan wave from the Truman Balcony at the White House after they participated in the signing of the Abraham Accords where the countries of Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates recognise Israel, in Washington on Tuesday.  Photograph: Saul Loeb/ AFP via Getty Images

It is difficult to see more than a US presidential election campaign stunt in Tuesday’s much-hyped White House signing of recognition deals between th(...)

Ultra Orthodox Jewish men pray at the synagogue, separated by plastic cells, in  the central Israeli city of Rehovot.  Photograph: Gil Cohen Magen/AFP/Getty

Israel begins a three-week lockdown on Friday, the eve of the Jewish new year, in an effort to curb the second coronavirus wave which has seen the cou(...)

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

The new agreements signed by the Emirates and Bahrain to normalise relations with Israel involve a range of ties but are different from the peace trea(...)

Bahrain’s foreign minister Abdullatif al-Zayani, Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu, US president Donald Trump and UAE foreign minister Abdullah bin Zayed Al-Nahyan  hold up documents after participating in the signing of the Abraham Accords at the White House. Photograph:    Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images

US president Donald Trump hailed a peace agreement between Israel, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates as “the dawn of a new Middle East”, as he welc(...)

(L to R) US special representative for Afghanistan reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad, US secretary of state Mike Pompeo, Qatar’s minister of foreign affairs Sheikh Mohamad Bin Abdel Rahman Al-Thani and Mutlaq bin Majid al-Qahtani, the special envoy of the Qatari foreign minister for terrorism and mediation in the settlement of disputes, attend the opening session of the peace talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban in the Qatari capital Doha on Saturday. Photograph: Karim Jaafar/AFP/Getty Images

The Afghanistan peace talks between representatives of the country’s government and the Taliban militant group began in Doha on Saturday. The long-aw(...)

Composite image of Israeli PM Binyamin Netanyahu and Bahrain’s King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa. Photographs: Abir Sultan and Mandel Ngan via Getty Images

Bahrain on Friday joined the United Arab Emirates in agreeing to normalise relations with Israel, a move forged partly through shared fears of Iran, b(...)

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden  speaks with Maria Fisher (90) whose son, Andrew Fisher, was killed in the World Trade Centre terror attack 19 years ago. Photograph: Amr Alfiky/New York Times

America paused to remember the victims of the September 11th terrorist attacks on Friday as US president Donald Trump and his Democratic rival Joe Bid(...)

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 Arabia has said it would not establish relations with Israel until after it reaches a peace accord with the Palestinians. The announcement amou(...)

 Benjamin Netanyahu:  “I believe there is a good chance we will soon see more Arab countries joining this expanding circle of peace”.  Photograph: Abir Sultan/AFP via Getty Images

Israel hopes that Thursday’s dramatic announcement that the United Arab Emirates would soon be establishing full diplomatic relations with Israel will(...)

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