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A Free Syrian Army  fighter  provides cover while his comrade inspects  a body in Aleppo this week. Photograph: Reuters

We are in August, which rather than TS Eliot’s April, seems to be the cruellest month. This time next year will mark the centenary of the outbreak of (...)

A Free Syrian Army (FSA) fighter (left) provides cover for his fellow fighter inspecting a body, which according to the FSA was one of the forces loyal to Syria’s president Bashar al-Assad, during an offensive to seize Aleppo’s town of Khanasir. Photograph: Ammar Abdullah/Reuters

Western powers could attack Syria within days, envoys from the United States and its allies have told rebels fighting president Bashar al-Assad, accor(...)

A Palestinian boy watches the funerals of Robin Zayed, Younis Jahjouh and Jihad Aslan at Qalandiya Refugee Camp near the West Bank city of Ramallah yesterday. Photograph: Mohamad Torokman/Reuters

Palestinian negotiators called off a planned round of peace talks with Israel yesterday to protest the killing of three Palestinians in clashes wit(...)

Israeli troops shot dead three Palestinians during an early morning raid to arrest a suspected militant in the West Bank today, hours before negotiato(...)

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas (right) shakes hands with France’s foreign minister Laurent Fabius following their meeting in Ramallah at the weekend. The latest violence came as Israel and the Palestinians are holding rounds of peace talks in the first such meetings in five years since serious negotiations collapsed. Photograph: Mohamad Torokman/Reuters

Israeli soldiers have killed three Palestinians in clashes during a raid in the West Bank in the deadliest incident in the area in years.The violence(...)

Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu (centre) attending a weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem yesterday. Mr Netanyahu said yesterday chemical weapons use in Syria could not be tolerated. Photograph: Dan Balilty/Reuters

Demand for gas masks soared in Israel yesterday amid fears that Syria or its regional allies, such as Hizbullah in Lebanon, may target Israel in respo(...)

UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon and Israel’s justice minister Tzipi Livni  in Jerusalem on August 16th. Ms Livni, Israel’s chief negotiator in peace talks with Palestinian leaders, has refused to provide details on the state of the discussions. “We are arguing, but we are arguing inside the room,” she said. Photograph: Sebastian Scheiner/Reuters

With attention in the Middle East focused this week on the dramatic events in Egypt and Syria, Israeli and Palestinian negotiators in Jerusalem discre(...)

Lebanese soldiers stand near the area where rockets were launched from southern Lebanon into Israel, at Housh, Tyre, yesterday. Photograph: Ali Hashisho/Reuters

Israel’s air force bombed a militant target in Lebanon early today in retaliation for a cross-border rocket salvo yesterday, a spokesman said.An Israe(...)

Former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak waves to supporters from inside a cage in a courtroom at the police academy in Cairo, in this file picture taken in April this year. Photograph: Reuters

Egypt’s former president Hosni Mubarak is expected to be released from jail within days after prosecutors cleared him in a corruption case, his lawyer(...)

Supporters of ousted former president Mohamed Morsi gather in Cairo yesterday. Photograph: Reuters

The intervention by the Egyptian military to remove from office the first elected president in the country’s long history, and the brutal crackdown on(...)

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