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In the 25 years since the signing of the Oslo accords, the prospects for an enduring peace deal between Israelis and Palestinians have arguably never (...)

Women in the family area of a public stadium at a match between local rivals Al-Ahli and Al-Batin in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, on Friday. Photograph: Tasneem Alsultan

When the first goal was scored during the soccer game in Saudi Arabia on Friday, a new noise joined the ruckus in the stands: the sound of women cheer(...)

Emmanuel Macron and Chinese president Xi Jinping stand to inaugurate the first meeting of the French-Chinese business council, in Beijing this week. Photograph: Ludovic Marin/Reuters

One of the thorniest questions facing French president Emmanuel Macron is how to deal with dictatorships and what the French sociologist Edgar Morin (...)

Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani: economic siege has pushed Gulf state closer to Iran and has ensured he is probably the most secure ruler in the region. Photograph: Fayez Nureldine/AFP/Getty Images

If a cult of personality is essential for absolute rulers to maintain power then Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, the emir of Qatar, has nothing to fe(...)

Riyadh in Saudi Arabia. File photograph: Faisal al-Nasser/Reuters

Saudi authorities have detained 11 princes after they gathered at a royal palace in Riyadh to protest against austerity measures that included suspend(...)

Over the past decade, 356,600 Irish-born people have emigrated. Photograph: iStock

Michael Noonan’s quip in 2012 about emigration being a “free choice of lifestyle” for young people must be one of the most defining quotes of the rece(...)

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Opec’s crude production held steady in December as the group approached a fresh year of output curbs in full compliance with its supply deal. The 14 (...)

Iranian Supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, sitting under a portrait of the late Iranian revolutionary founder Ayatollah Khomeini, as he speaks during a meeting with family members of Iranian martyrs, in Tehran yesterday. Photograph: EPA

The widespread protest movement in Iran over the last six days raises fundamental questions about the structure of power and on whether reformists or (...)

President Donald Trump, flanked by interior secretary Ryan Zinke, secretary of state Rex Tillerson, and defence secretary James Mattis. Photograph: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

Would the presidency give Donald Trump free rein to act on his wilder impulses and see through his rabble-rousing agenda – in other words, would the w(...)

A Yemeni student inspects the site of alleged Saudi-led air strikes at a memorial of Egyptian soldiers, in Sana’a, Yemen. Photograph: Yahya Arhab/EPA

Yemen faces “apocalypse now” unless the war devastating the country and punishing its citizens is halted. After 1,000 days of Saudi-coalition air stri(...)

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