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Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu gestures as he speaks during the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations in Jerusalem, Wednesday, February 21st, 2018. Photograph: Sebastian Scheiner/AP

Israeli intelligence helped to prevent an attack on an “Australian airliner”, according to Israel’s prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu. Mr Netanyahu s(...)

Frank McGuinness: Excerpts from his play ‘Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me’ will be performed in Cork Prison. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

“A kind of eerie sadness” is how theatre director Andrew Flynn recalls the last time he was involved putting on a production of Frank McGuinness’s “So(...)

US secretary of state Rex Tillerson meets Turkisb president Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Ankara on Thursday. Photograph: Turkish presidential press service/AFP/Getty Images

Turkey said on Thursday it had demanded the United States expel a Kurdish militia from forces it backs in Syria, setting up the visiting US secretary(...)

Rebecca Dykes, a British embassy worker who was found dead in Beirut after a colleague’s leaving party. A man has been arrested in connection with her killing. Photograph: Family handout via British Foreign and Commonwealth Office/AFP

Lebanese police have arrested a man in connection with the killing of a British embassy worker in Beirut. Rebecca Dykes, believed to be 30, had been(...)

An anti-corruption drive started by Saudi Arabia’s defence minister Prince Mohamed bin Salman has led to more than  200  arrests.  Photograph: Getty

Palestinian billionaire Sabih al-Masri, who also holds Irish citizenship, has been released from detention in Saudi Arabia after being caught up in th(...)

 Rebecca Dykes, who was murdered in Beirut, Lebanon.  Photograph: PA Wire

A British diplomat who worked at the UK embassy in Beirut has been found dead. The body of Rebecca Dykes was reportedly found on the side of a motorwa(...)

Palestinian protesters gather beside  a heap of barbed wire and  burning tyres during clashes with Israeli forces near the Israel-Gaza border east of the southern Gaza strip city of Khan Younis.  Photograph: Mahmud Hams/AFP/Getty Images

A Palestinian stabbed an Israeli security guard at Jerusalem’s main bus station on Sunday, police said, and violence flared near the US embassy in Bei(...)

 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(...)

Saad Hariri (right), who announced his resignation as Lebanon’s prime minister from Saudi Arabia,  talks with Lebanese president Michel Aoun at a military parade to celebrate the 74th anniversary of Lebanon’s independence in  Beirut on Wednesday. Photograph: Mohamed Azakir/Reuters

The Lebanese prime minister, Saad Hariri, has said he is suspending the resignation that he announced two weeks ago from Saudi Arabia, easing a crisis(...)

Saad al-Hariri (right), who announced his resignation as Lebanon’s prime minister from Saudi Arabia, is seen at the grave of his father, assassinated former Lebanese prime minister Rafik al-Hariri, in downtown Beirut tonight. Photograph: Jamal Saidi/Reuters

Saad al-Hariri returned to Beirut this evening for the first time since he resigned as Lebanon’s prime minister in a broadcast from Saudi Arabia and p(...)

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