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Damaged shops and buildings in Deir al-Zor, Syria. Photograph: Khalil Ashawi

Syrian rebels yesterday accused the military of deploying chemical weapons in an attack on Otaiba town near Damascus as the government rejected(...)

Israeli president Shimon Peres, US president Barack Obama, Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu walk together prior to Mr Obama departing from Ben Gurion International Airport today, concluding his three day visit to Israel and the West Bank. Photograph: Lior Mizrahi/Getty Images

Israel i Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu apologized to Turkish leader Recep Erdogan for the deaths of nine Turks on an aid flotilla to Gaza i(...)

US president Barack Obama and Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu  view an Iron Dome missile defence battery at Ben Gurion International Airport in Tel Aviv today. Photograph: Jason Reed/Reuters

US president Barack Obama said at the start of his first official visit to Israel today that the US commitment to the security of the Jewish st(...)

Israeli schoolchildren rehearse holding  the Israeli and US flags as two women stand in for US president Barack Obama and Israeli counterpart Shimon Peres yesterday. Photograph: Baz Ratner/Reuters

US president Barack Obama will arrive in Jerusalem this afternoon at the start of a three-day Middle E(...)

Oman ? Do you mean Amman, Jordan ? That’s often the response when people mention the Sultanate of Oman, a country of 2.7 million people borderi(...)

Filipino United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) personnel drive to the UNDOF camp in the Golan Heights region. Photograph: Ilia Yefimovich/Getty Images

UN peacekeepers held by rebels for several days in southern Syria and freed at the weekend crossed into Israel from neighbouring Jordan last n(...)

The Filipino peacekeepers - part of the UN Disengagement Observer Force that  has been monitoring a ceasefire line between Syria and Israel in the Golan Heights since 1974 - were seized by the Martyrs of Yarmouk rebel brigade on Wednesday. Photograph: Muhammad Hamed/Reuters

The Philippines remains committed to deploying troops in UN peacekeeping hotspots despite the brief hostage-taking of 21 of its soldiers, m(...)

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