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Palestinian protesters clash with Israeli security forces near an Israeli checkpoint in the West Bank town of Bethlehem on Friday. Photograph: Musa al Shaer/AFP/Getty Images

Thousands of Palestinians demonstrated, scores were hurt and at least one killed in clashes with Israeli troops on a “day of rage” on Friday against (...)

Tunisians take part in a protest in Tunis on Thursday against US president Donald  Trump’s decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. Photograph: Mohamed Messara/ EPA

For decades, the idea of a Palestinian state with Jerusalem as its capital served as a rare and powerful rallying cry that united the Arab world. King(...)

Egypt’s former prime minister Ahmed Shafik: “If he was deported he should have been able to go home by now, not just disappear. We consider him kidnapped,” says his daughter. Photograph Jumana el Heloueh

The family of former Egyptian prime minister Ahmed Shafik said on Sunday they have lost contact with him since they say he was deported from the Unite(...)

An Iraqi woman, carrying an infant, walks by the destroyed al-Nuri Mosque as she flees from the Old City of Mosul on July 5, 2017. Photograph: Ahmad Al-Rubaye/AFP/Getty

The defeat of the Islamic State’s self-proclaimed caliphate in Syria and Iraq has led to the smuggling of fighters into neighbouring countries from wh(...)

 Al Rawdah mosque, where a bomb exploded, in Bir Al-Abed, Egypt, November 25th, 2017. Photograph: Reuters/Mohamed Soliman

After militants massacred 305 people at a packed mosque on Friday in a stunning assault on a sacred place, President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi responded a(...)

 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 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(...)

 Russian president Vladimir Putin and Syrian president Bashar al-Assad hug at a meeting in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, Russia on Monday. Photograph: Mikhail Klimentyev, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP

A surprise meeting on Monday between Russian president Vladimir Putin and his Syrian counterpart Bashar al-Assad demonstrated both that Assad remains (...)

A malnourished Yemeni child receives treatment amid worsening malnutrition in the emergency ward of a hospital in Sana’a, Yemen, on Wednesday. Photograph: Yahya Arhab/EPA

Saudi Arabia has come under strong pressure from UN humanitarian agencies to immediately and unconditionally lift its blockade of Yemen where deprivat(...)

Egyptian singer Sherine Abdel Wahab: Issued an abject apology on Facebook for what she termed a “misplaced and badly worded” joke. But it was too late.  Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

As free speech has shrivelled in Egypt, its often zealous courts have jailed democracy activists, shuttered charities and pursued gay people who waved(...)

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