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Ola Dweek, a child psychologist in Gaza. Photograph: John McColgan

“I went with a very open mind, to try to meet people on the ground and understand how people were affected,” says John McColgan of his visit to Gaza a(...)

Shimon Peres: Born: August 1st, 1923Died: September 28th, 2016 – Died in Tel Aviv two weeks after having a stroke. Photograph: Khalil Mazraawi/AFP/Getty Images

Ever since the state of Israel was created in 1948, Shimon Peres, who has died aged 93, was at or near the centre of action. A protege of David Ben-Gu(...)

Apartment buildings in Montreal, Canada by Moshe Safdie. Photograph: Stephane Groleau /Alamy

Finsbury Health Centre in London, De La Warr Pavilion at Bexhill-on-Sea, and the Royal Festival Hall on the Southbank were important urban developmen(...)

Coast Scene with Europa and the Bull (1634) by Claude Lorrain. Copyright National Gallery of Ireland

Eclectic Images: Recent Acquisitions 2011-2016 National Gallery of Ireland, Dublin ★★★★ Works from the Brian Lalor collection quite rightly domina(...)

Ultra-Orthodox Jewish men and Israeli settlers  visit the Jewish shrine of Atnaeil Ben Kinaz on August 14th  in a Palestinian neighbourhood of the divided West Bank city of Hebron. On August 14th, Orthodox Jews mark  the annual Tisha B’Av (Ninth of Av)  day, commemorating the destruction of ancient Jerusalem temples some 2,000 years ago. Photograph: Hazem Baderhazem/AFP/Getty Images

Just outside the old gold market in Hebron, now the rubbish market, a heavy man named Abd al Khaleq Sedr had invited us in for tea. He took us first (...)

A Palestinian man stands in the remains of his living room shortly after his home was hit by an Israeli airstrike in Gaza City in August 2014. Photograph: Oliver Weiken/EPA

1 Not an ancient conflict In the late 19th century, Palestine’s Jewish population stood at less than 5 per cent. Tensions between the region’s Jews(...)

The words “Israel” and “Jordan” are displayed on this Google Map, but not Palestine.

Google has been accused of deleting Palestine from Google Maps – but the truth is, it was never labelled by Google in the first place. When searching(...)

Jabhat al-Nusra fighters march towards the northern Syrian village of al-Aie in Aleppo province. The group is the most powerful fundamentalist faction in the country. Photograph: Al-Nusra Front via AP

The decision to cut ties between al-Qaeda central and its official Syrian branch, Jabhat al-Nusra, was a tactical ploy to convince the US to remove th(...)

Yesterday, July 22nd, 2016, was the first Feast day of St Mary Magdalene. Here I doff my cap to those betters on this page whose space I tread on. I d(...)

New British foreign secretary Boris Johnson has flourished until now in part because he has been underestimated. Photograph: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

Boris Johnson’s appointment as foreign secretary has brought forth a flood of reminders about just how undiplomatic Britain’s new top diplomat can be.(...)

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