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Elderly men talk to each other in downtown Amman. Photograph: Muhammad Hamed/Reuters

The taxi nuzzles gently into dense rush-hour traffic as car headlamps flicker over the walls of white stone villas and residential and office blocks. (...)

Syrian refugees after crossing into Jordan territory with their families in 2015. Photograph: Muhammad Hamed/File Photo/Reuters

Jordan faces “a severe debt crisis due to low economic growth as a result of closed borders, reduced international assistance and low economic product(...)

 Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas stated: ‘Palestine was – and shall remain – on the side of Saudi Arabia.’ Photograph:  Abbas Momani / AFP

Arab governments have, belatedly, rallied round Riyadh over the disappearance and presumed murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi while visiting t(...)

A Syrian rebel fighter from the National Liberation Front. Photograph: Aaref Watad/AFP/Getty Images

The agreement reached by Russia and Turkey for the creation of a demilitarised buffer zone surrounding the Syrian province of Idlib appeared to falter(...)

Girls perform a dance at the Unrwa-funded school in Nuzha, Jordan. Photograph: Michael Jansen

Girls in motley PE clothing exercise in the wide-walled compound of Nuzha secondary school on the edge of Amman, the Jordanian capital. Formed in a r(...)

A celebratory welcome for Khlifa bin Jassim al-Kuwari, director of the Qatar Fund for Development, which donated €43m to finance schools such as the Baqa’a elementary school in Jordan

After we lose our way in narrow, steep alleyways strewn with broken stones and walled by windowless two-storey homes, two little lads offer to guide u(...)

Just as Bergman once gave arthouse cinemagoers an image of Stockholm and Ozu gave the same punters a notion of Tokyo, the many great Iranian film-make(...)

President Mahmoud Abbas of the Palestinian National Authority addresses the 73rd United Nations General Assembly at UN headquarters in New York. Photograph: Chang W Lee/The New York Times

The opening of the UN general assembly in New York provided a platform for Arab critics of Trump administration policies toward the regional peace pro(...)

Hassan Rouhani, Iran’s president, pauses while speaking during the UN general assembly meeting in New York on Tuesday. Photograph: Jeenah Moon/Bloomberg

US president Donald Trump and Iranian president Hassan Rouhani exchanged taunts at the United Nations general assembly on Tuesday with Mr Trump vowin(...)

Pope Francis shaking hands with Br Kevin Crowley at the Capuchin Day Centre on Bow Street in Dublin, as part of his visit to Ireland last month. Photograph: Maxwell Photography/PA Wire

My father died when I was five. Yet I found myself thinking of him often during the visit of Pope Francis. He once told me: “Those who like you from t(...)

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