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US secretary of state John Kerry  flew by helicopter to the West Bank from Jordan to meet with Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas in a final push to get a peace bid back on track. Photograph: Pool/Getty Images

Israel and the Palestinians have laid the groundwork for a resumption of peace talks after an almost three-year stalemate, US secretary of state John(...)

A Syrian child holds her sibling at a camp in Baalbek, Lebanon, for Syrians who have fled the fighting in their country. Photograph: Spencer Platt/Getty Images

The number of people fleeing the conflict in Syria has escalated to an average of 6,000 a day during 2013 – a rate not seen since the genocide in Rwan(...)

Students who are studying in Syria walk towards the Quneitra border crossing between Israel and Syria. Photograph: Baz Ratner/Reuters

Dublin’s decision to deploy a 114-strong mechanised infantry unit to the Golan buffer zone will boost at a crucial time the UN Disengagement Observer (...)

Riot police walk to take position at a protest in Cairo. A Transparency International survey in Egypt  found that 78 per cent of respondents believed the police were corrupt or extremely corrupt. Photograph: Amr Abdallah Dalsh/Reuters.

Corruption has worsened in most Arab countries since their 2011 revolutions, even though anger with corrupt officials was a major reason for the upris(...)

A handout photo issued by the Ministry of Defence of Abu Qatada  at RAF Northolt in West London boarding a private flight bound for Jordan. Photograph: PA

Radical cleric Abu Qatada has been deported from Britain to Jordan to stand trial on terrorism charge.In a statement on the British government website(...)

Islamist protesters, one with a picture of ousted president Mohamed Morsi, show bloodied hands after troops opened fire in Nasr city, Cairo. Photograph: AP

What is the Muslim Brotherhood? Known as al-Ikhwan al-Muslimun in Arabic, the Muslim Brotherhood is a movement that blends political activism with cha(...)

‘What is happening in Egypt is the fall of what is known as political Islam,” Syrian president Bashar al-Assad pronounced confidently on Wednesday. As(...)

US secretary of state John Kerry gestures as he meets Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem yesterday. After seeing Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas in Jordan, Kerry travelled to Jerusalem for evening talks with Netanyahu – a meeting that had been originally expected today. Photograph: Reuters/Jacquelyn Martin

US secretary of state John Kerry is to meet Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu tonight for the third time in consecutive days as he pushes his (...)

Mark Dempsey believes in getting value for money. Five years ago, he chose armed British security guards working for a small security company in Ba(...)

A Syrian child gathers water in the Za’atari refugee camp in Mafraq, Jordan. Record numbers of refugees are fleeing the violence and bombings in Syria to cross the borders to safety in northern Jordan and overwhelming the camp. Photograph: Getty Images

The crisis in Syria is getting worse every day. Over 1.6 million people have fled to neighbouring countries, and more than 4 million are displaced wit(...)

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