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Palestinian foreign minister Riyad al-Maliki: he claimed the Emirates and Bahrain had established “the foundations for an era of capitulation to the enemy”. Photograph: AFP via Getty Images

Palestine has decided to quit the rotating presidency of the Arab League council in response to the organisation’s refusal to condemn Emirati and Bahr(...)

Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu, US president Donald Trump, Bahrain foreign minister Abdullatif al-Zayani and UAE foreign minister Abdullah bin Zayed Al-Nahyan wave from the Truman Balcony at the White House after they participated in the signing of the Abraham Accords where the countries of Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates recognise Israel, in Washington on Tuesday.  Photograph: Saul Loeb/ AFP via Getty Images

It is difficult to see more than a US presidential election campaign stunt in Tuesday’s much-hyped White House signing of recognition deals between th(...)

Saudi foreign minister prince Faisal bin Farhan reiterated Saudi characterisations of Israel’s  settlement construction in the West Bank as ‘illegitimate’. Photograph: John MacDougall - Pool/Getty

Saudi Arabia has said it would not establish relations with Israel until after it reaches a peace accord with the Palestinians. The announcement amou(...)

 Benjamin Netanyahu:  “I believe there is a good chance we will soon see more Arab countries joining this expanding circle of peace”.  Photograph: Abir Sultan/AFP via Getty Images

Israel hopes that Thursday’s dramatic announcement that the United Arab Emirates would soon be establishing full diplomatic relations with Israel will(...)

A building after it was damaged by a fire at the Natanz uranium enrichment facility, some 322km south of Iran’s capital Tehran. Photograph: Atomic Energy Organization of Iran via AP

Iran has admitted an incident at one of its main nuclear sites last week caused major damage and could slow down the country’s production of advanced (...)

‘The fallout from the current pandemic might accidentally achieve more good for the environment in the next few years than climate-change activists have managed for decades.’

When Ireland began to shut down, I was 9,000kms away, visiting friends in Zimbabwe. Our long-planned catch up began to fissure into conversations abou(...)

Aoife Monaghan in the British Virgin Islands, where she works as a dentist.

After attending Thornhill College in Derry, the school made famous by the Derry Girls, Aoife Monaghan moved to Glasgow to study dentistry in 2011. “I(...)

Iran’s navy frigate Jamaran: Fired a missile at a training target released by a support ship, but hit the ship. Photograph: IRIB TV/AFP via Getty Images

One Iranian warship accidentally struck another with a missile during an exercise, killing 19 sailors and wounding 15 others, Iran’s navy said on Mond(...)

‘Anyone who has been to the affected regions in northern Italy in the last 14 days and has a cough, shortness of breath, breathing difficulties or fever should self-isolate and phone their GP immediately.’

The St Patrick’s Day festival and other public events may face restrictions as a result of public health measures likely to force postponement of the (...)

Pedestrians wearing protective face masks pass  shops in  Milan, Italy, on Tuesday. Photograph: Camilla Cerea/Bloomberg

Iran’s coronavirus death toll rose to 16 on Tuesday, the most outside China, increasing its international isolation as countries as far apart as Sout(...)

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