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Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas: has dismissed the Trump administration’s plan as the “slap of the century” and declared he will not commit “treason” by discussing it. Photograph: Mohamad Torokman

More than 80 per cent of Palestinians in the Israeli-occupied territories oppose the Trump administration’s “deal of the century” meant to bring peace(...)

Damages after a suicide bomb attack  in Sweida. Photograph: Sana/Handout via Reuters

Islamic State attacks on Wednesday on the south-western city of Sweida and nearby villages demonstrated the jihadists remain a serious a threat to Syr(...)

Demonstrators attend a rally to protest against the Jewish nation state Bill in Tel Aviv. Photograph: Jack Guez/AFP/Getty Images

Arab governments have condemned the “nation state” law adopted by Israel’s parliament last week as racist, discriminatory and an obstacle to peace. Th(...)

White Helmet members remove a victim from the rubble of a house following a reported air strike by government forces on a rebel-held area in Daraa. File photograph: Mohamad Abazeed/AFP/Getty Images

The Israeli military has extracted more than 400 members of Syria’s White Helmets civil defence group and their families, evacuating them to Jordan fr(...)

US president Donald Trump and Russian president Vladimir Putin shake hands during their joint press conference. Photograph: Chris McGrath/Getty Images

Donald Trump met one-on-one with Russia’s Vladimir Putin behind closed doors in Helsinki on Monday. The following are highlights of the press conferen(...)

Many fruits and vegetables such as grapes, oranges, dates, herbs, avocados, peppers and potatoes come from Israeli settlement areas. Photograph: iStock

It will be difficult for Irish consumers to follow proposals making it an offence to purchase goods and services from Israeli settlements given contin(...)

A woman holds a Syrian flag in Deraa, where the uprising against Bashar al-Assad’s regime began in 2011. Photograph: Omar Sanadiki/Reuters

The fall to the Syrian army of rebel-held quarters of Deraa city is a famous victory for Damascus. While not equivalent to the army’s capture of insur(...)

Displaced Syrians at a Jordanian military medical outpost, near Nasib border crossing between Jordan and Syria. Photograph: Ahmad Abdo/EPA

Jordan is no longer willing to be a dumping ground for refugees fleeing the region’s many conflicts. In 2012 the kingdom began to restrict the entry o(...)

A Syrian child rides his bike after Syrian government forces recently recaptured the village of Ghariyah ash Sharqiyah from the rebels, in the province of Deraa. Photograph:  AFP/ Youssef Karwashan/ Getty Images

Syrian official media on Monday reported that the country’s air defences had destroyed several Israeli missiles and hit a warplane attacking an airbas(...)

Internally displaced people from Deraa province arrive near the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights in Quneitra, Syria, on June 29th. Photograph:  Alaa Al-Faqir/Reuters

Fears are mounting about the safety of more than 270,000 civilians who have fled recent fighting in southern Syria, with aid groups and local doctors (...)

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