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Syrian refugee children walk to  school during rainy weather at  Al Zaatari refugee camp in  Jordanian city of Mafraq, near  border with Syria. Photograph:  Muhammad Hamed/Reuters

“The future is dark, but in our architectural department, we’re already working on designs for rebuilding Syria some day,” says Raed (26), an architec(...)

 In his speech in Washington US secretary of state John Kerry  spoke of the need for a two-state solution and defended the Obama administration’s approach to Israel. Photograph: Zach Gibson/Getty Images

Across the Arab world, US secretary of state John Kerry’s harsh words for Israel on Wednesday were met with a collective shrug, coming at the end of (...)

A woman lays flowers outside the Oxfordshire home of singer George Michael, who was found dead at home on Christmas Day. Photograph: Jack Taylor/Getty

A couple who spent years clueless about who gave them £15,000 (€17,600) to fund their fertility treatment have thanked George Michael after it was cla(...)

Glencree Centre for Peace and Reconciliation: hosted ‘Milestones on a Journey of Hope’. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Leaders of the various faiths in Ireland have issued a joint plea for an end to violence in the Middle East. At a meeting this week in the Glencree (...)

 Amona, the largest West Bank outpost of Jewish settlers:     The community, which is home to 40 families, was left out of the Bill and is to be demolished on Christmas Day. Photograph: Menahem Kahana/AFP/Getty Images

The Israeli Knesset is expected on Wednesday to pass the first and second readings of a controversial Bill that will retroactively legalise thousands(...)

France’s minister for foreign affairs Jean-Marc Ayrault and Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan: Mr Ayrault has thanked Mr Flanagan for making contacts with Israelis and Palestinians.

A “French initiative” to revive the Israeli-Palestinian peace process is not dead, the foreign ministers of France and Ireland said at a joint press c(...)

 Eileen Gray’s modernist  home, E-1027, at Roquebrune-Cap-Martin in the South of France, which features murals by Le Corbusier

While the Irish have a reputation for travelling the world, so too does our culture. Beyond the ubiquitous Irish pub, with its varying degrees of aut(...)

A Palestinian farmer and his son watch Israeli troops making their way through Palestinian farms during a military exercise near Jeftlik  in the Jordan valley. Photograph: Alaa Badarneh/EPA

Wednesday marked the 99th anniversary of the Balfour declaration, the British government pledge of support for establishing a Jewish homeland in the (...)

The Dome of the Rock, in the compound known to Muslims as al-Haram al-Sharif (Noble Sanctuary) and to Jews as Temple Mount, in Jerusalem’s old city. Photograph: Menahem Kahana/AFP/Getty Images

Israel has condemned a resolution criticising its treatment of the holy sites in Jerusalem. After the resolution was adopted on Wednesday by the Worl(...)

The Dáil last week debated the drastically deteriorating situation in Aleppo. Photograph: Reuters/Abdalrhman Ismail

Unlike some of the phoney battles that have been fought over the Budget, an unexpected row that broke out in the Dáil last week gave far more insight (...)

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