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(...)

Surfing in Gaza. “The object was to show the relentlessness involved in trying to eke out some normality. The surfers enjoy themselves while gunboats loom in the distance”

Early on in the making of Gaza, Garry Keane and Andrew McConnell’s excellent documentary on that troubled locale, Keane asked a resident how they got (...)

Bernard-Henri Lévy. Photograph: Mustafa Yalcin/Anadolu/Getty

Never afraid of a flourish, Bernard-Henri Lévy is as strong in his defence of the Israeli army, the EU and interventionism as he is critical o(...)

Simon Coveney: he has  argued against unilateral action by Ireland as both ineffective in bringing about change and likely to put Ireland out of step with its EU partners

There is not, it would seem, an issue that is not touched in some way by Brexit. Even the ongoing attempt by TDs, against Government wishes, to ban im(...)

 Ross Merriman and Conor White of UCD’s law society go through to the ‘Irish Times’ Debate final. Photograph: Cailean Coffey

The second semi-final of The Irish Times Debate 2018-19 was an intensely competitive affair, as UCD’S law society team won out on a night when student(...)

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