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 A general view of Gevaot settlement in the Gush Etzion settelment bloc near the West Bank city of Bethlehem. Yesterday   Israel announced that it plans to expropriate 400 hectares of land near Bethlehem in the Israeli-occupied West Bank. The Palestinian owners of the land have 45 days to contest the decision to Israel’s Military Appeals Committee, a government spokesman said in Tel Aviv. Photograph: Reuters

The decision by Israel to appropriate land in the West Bank has been condemned by Palestinians and criticised by the US, British and Irish governme(...)

The beheading of American journalist James Foley is only the latest in a catalogue of atrocities perpetrated by the Sunni militants of the Islamic Sta(...)

Iranian president Hassan Rouhani (centre) visiting Iran’s defence capabilities exhibition in Tehran, Iran, today. Photograph: EPA/Iranian presidential official website

Iran today said it had shot down an Israeli spy drone that was heading for its Natanz nuclear enrichment site.“The downed aircraft was of the stealth,(...)

A man holds up a sign in memory of US journalist James Foley during a protest against the Assad regime in Syria in Times Square in New York. Photograph: Carlo Allegri/Reuters

Britain is close to identifying a suspected British national shown beheading American journalist James Foley in a video released by Islamic State mil(...)

US secretary of defence Chuck Hagel and chairman of the joint chiefs of staff Gen Martin Dempsey, who said Islamic State would remain a danger until it could no longer count on safe havens in Syria. Photograph: Mark Wilson/Getty Images

Iraqi Shia militiamen machine gunned minority Sunni Muslims in a village mosque today, killing dozens just as Baghdad is trying to build a cross-co(...)

Peshmerga fighters are seen in vehicles with Kurdish flags as they guard Mosul Dam in northern Iraq . Photograph: Youssef Boudlal/Reuters

Iraqi Shia militiamen opened fire on minority Sunni Muslims in a mosque today, killing dozens of people just as Baghdad is trying to build a cross-com(...)

 An undated handout photograph provided by GlobalPost oshows American journalist James Foley who was kidnapped by unidentified gunmen in  Syria. The Islamic State (IS) militia released a video on 20 August 2014 purporting to show the decapitation of Foley. Photograph:  Nicole Tung / Courtesy of Global/EPA

US president Barack Obama has said the beheading of American journalist James Foley by Islamic State militants “shocked the conscience of the entire w(...)

As part of the agreement with New York’s Department of Financial Services, StanChart will suspend clearing activity for high-risk Hong Kong business clients and exit certain client relationships at its branches in the United Arab Emirates.  Photograph: Bloomberg

Standard Chartered will be barred from processing transactions for some high-risk clients as part of a $300 million (€225 million) settlement with New(...)

A refugee camp for Yazidis near the town of Zakho, Iraq. The United Nations refugee agency today said it was launching a major aid operation to get supplies to more than half a million people displaced by fighting in northern Iraq. Photograph: EPA.

Iraqi forces launched an offensive today to drive Islamic State fighters out of Tikrit, home town of executed dictator Saddam Hussein, while the milit(...)

Embroiled: President Obama ordered air strikes in Iraq this week; missiles were loaded on fighter jets aboard a US aircraft carrier in the Persian Gulf. Photograph: Hamad I Mohammed/Reuters

In October 2002, while still a state senator in Illinois, Barack Obama delivered a speech in which he opposed any US invasion of Iraq, declaring, “(...)

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