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Russian billionaire and owner of Chelsea football club Roman Abramovich. Photograph: Olivia Harris/Reuters

Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich, the owner of Chelsea football club who has found himself without a visa to Britain, took Israeli citizenship on(...)

Sons of a Palestinian, who died of wounds sustained during a protest at the Israel-Gaza border, mourn at their father’s funeral in the central Gaza Strip. Photograph: Mohammed Salem

Gaza Strip residents protested along the border with Israel for the ninth weekend in a row on Friday, with Israelis on high alert as Muslims marked th(...)

Vladimir Putin and Emmanuel Macron in  in Versailles, May 2017:  at that press conference, Mr Macron said he would retaliate if Mr  Putin’s protege, Syrian president Bashar al-Assad, used chemical weapons. Photograph:  Stephane de Sakutin/AFP/Getty Images

French president Emmanuel Macron will travel to St Petersburg on Thursday for his third meeting with his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin.   (...)

A monument dedicated to the 47 Irish troops killed while keeping the peace near Tibnin in south Lebanon.

The eastern route through south Lebanon winds through green hills shrouded in damp, dusty mist. Brush, carob and olive trees climb the slopes, floweri(...)

Syrian government forces flash the sign for victory in front of the al-Bashir mosque at the entrance of the Palestinian camp of Yarmouk on the southern outskirts of Damascus. Photograph: Louai Beshara/AFP/Getty Images

The Syrian army has restored control over all areas surrounding the capital Damascus, it said on Monday, for the first time since early in the seven-(...)

EUPOL COPPS, the European Union’s police and justice mission, based in Ramallah, comprises more than 100 serving police officers from around Europe, including several from Ireland.  Photograph: EUPOL COPPS

The police jeep emerges from the traffic-choked streets of central Nablus and picks up speed as we climb towards the city limits. Squashed into the ve(...)

Palestinian ambassador to the United Nations Ibrahim Khraishi during a special session of the UN Human Rights Council to discuss “the deteriorating human rights situation” in the Palestinian Territories. Photograph: Martial Trezzini/EPA

Israel says it won’t co-operate with the inquiry called for by the United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC) on Friday into recent violence on the Is(...)

Gotti: Kelly Preston, John Travolta and John A Gotti in Cannes. Photograph: Loic Venance/AFP/Getty

Nobody had any great hopes for Gotti, the long-delayed John Travolta-headlined biopic of the Mafia kingpin. But Kevin Entourage Connolly’s portrait of(...)

The mother of Layla Ghandour, a Palestinian baby of eight months who died during Monday’s violence in Gaza, holds her at the morgue of al-Shifa hospital in Gaza City on Tuesday. Photograph: Mahmud Hams/AFP/Getty Images

Layla Ghandour, an eight-month-old girl with sparkling green eyes, was in the arms of her grandmother when a cloud of tear gas engulfed them at the pr(...)

Hamas leader Sheikh Ismaeil Haneiya flashes the victory sign during his visit near the border with Israel in the east of Gaza Strip. Photograph: Mohammed Saber/EPA

Israeli tanks destroyed a Hamas observation post in the northern Gaza Strip on Wednesday after the army said shots were fired at troops on the border.(...)

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