Bahrain’s foreign minister Abdullatif al-Zayani, Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu, US president Donald Trump and UAE foreign minister Abdullah bin Zayed Al-Nahyan  hold up documents after participating in the signing of the Abraham Accords at the White House. Photograph:    Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images

US president Donald Trump hailed a peace agreement between Israel, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates as “the dawn of a new Middle East”, as he welc(...)

 Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz: remains committed to the Saudi-authored peace plan adopted by the 2002 Beirut Arab summit.  Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Saudi Arabia has told the US that Israel must withdraw from conquered Arab territory and Palestinians must have their state before the kingdom will no(...)

Senior White House officials Jared Kushner, Steve Mnuchin and  Robert O’Brien listen as US president Donald Trump announces the agreement between Israel and the UAE at the White House on Thurday. Photograph: Brendan Smialowski/AFP via Getty Images

Israel and the United Arab Emirates have reached a historic peace deal that will normalise diplomatic relations between the Jewish state and Gulf powe(...)

A protester holds a placard supporting BDS (the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement) in Paris in 2015. Photograph:   Kenzo Tribouillard/AFP via Getty Images

Seven judges at the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg, presided over by Irishwoman Síofra O’Leary, have overturned a conviction by France’s(...)

Deserted streets near the banks of the river Seine in Paris as a lockdown is imposed to slow the rate of Covid-19. Photograph: Christian Hartmann/Reuters

War has become the favourite metaphor for the coronavirus epidemic. “We are at war”, Emmanuel Macron repeated a half dozen times when he announced the(...)

Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas holds a document while speaking during the UN Security Council meeting. Photograph: Shannon Stapleton/Reuters

Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas has suffered an unexpected defeat in the United Nations Security Council after the Trump administration exerted st(...)

Demonstrators hold pictures of Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas during a protest against Donald Trump’s Middle East peace plan, in Ramallah, in the Israeli-occupied West Bank. Photograph: Mohamad Torokman/Reuters

Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas is desperate to enlist allies in a diplomatic offensive against the Trump administration’s deal to resolve the Pal(...)

US president Donald Trump at a press conference with Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu in the White House on Tuesday. Photograph: Andrew Harrer/Blooomberg

Donald Trump unveiled his long-delayed Middle East peace plan on Tuesday, saying it would lay the foundations for “a realistic two-state solution” to (...)

French president Emmanuel Macron’s reluctance to get involved in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict contrasts with his energetic diplomacy on other issues. Photograph: Yoan Valat/Reuters

French president Emmanuel Macron is travelling to Jerusalem to participate in the commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi (...)

 Palestinian Christians take part in a Christmas parade in the West Bank city of Bethlehem. Photograph: Abed al-Hashlamoun/EPA

Catholic leaders in Israel have urged the state to allow Christians in Gaza to visit Bethlehem, in the West Bank, over the Christmas holiday. In a su(...)

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