Then US vice-president Joe Biden and Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem in 2016. Photograph: Debbie Hill/POOL/AFP via Getty Images

US president Joe Biden is using telephone diplomacy to reset relations with Saudi Arabia and Israel and shifting from the personal and trans(...)

A fighter of the Southern Transitional Council  watches as a military vehicle belonging to Saudi-backed government forces burns during clashes in the southern Abyan province of Yemen. Photograph:  AFP via Getty Images

The Biden administration’s decision to end US support for Saudi Arabia’s offensive war in Yemen amounts to a decisive shift in US policy and heralds a(...)

Ethiopian migrants who fled intense fighting in their homeland of Tigray cooka meal in the border reception centre of Hamdiyet, Sudan, on Saturday. Photograph: Ebrahim Hamid/AFP via Getty Images

Some African and European nations pressed Ethiopia behind the scenes on Monday to allow mediation of a war in a northern region that has spilled in(...)

Saudi Arabia’s crown prince Mohammed bin Salman: Turkish authorities and the US Central Intelligence Agency have blamed him for the Khashoggi murder.   Photograph: Reuters/Ahmed Yosri

The verdict in the trialof the Saudis accused of the murder of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi will satisfy only senior figures in the kingdom wh(...)

Kim Jong-nam, the estranged half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, who was killed at Kuala Lumpur airport in February 2017. Photograph: Shizuo Kambayashi, Wong Maye-E/AP

Kim Jong-nam, the half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un who was killed in Malaysia in 2017, had been an informant for the US Central Intell(...)

RTÉ may cross-examine businessman Declan Ganley over deficiencies in his discovery of documents for his defamation action over a Prime Time programme broadcast in 2008. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times.

RTÉ may cross-examine businessman Declan Ganley over deficiencies in his discovery of documents for his defamation action over a Prime Time programme (...)

A banner depicting Syrian president Bashar al-Assad in Douma: Unless Syria recovers, millions of Syrian refugees will stay in host countries. Photograph: Marko Djurica

Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Egypt have begun to normalise relations with Syrian president Bashar al-Assad with the aim of reducing Iran(...)

US president Donald Trump and Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Salman at a meeting in Riyadh in May 2017. Photograph: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images

By deciding not to hold Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Salman responsible for the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, the Trump administratio(...)

US president Donald Trump, flanked by White House senior adviser Jared Kushner, meets Saudi Arabia’s Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia in May 2017. Photograph: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

Donald Trump has expressed his unstinting support for Saudi Arabia and questioned whether Mohammed bin Salman, the crown prince, knew about the murder(...)

A Syrian child rides his bike after Syrian government forces recently recaptured the village of Ghariyah ash Sharqiyah from the rebels, in the province of Deraa. Photograph:  AFP/ Youssef Karwashan/ Getty Images

Syrian official media on Monday reported that the country’s air defences had destroyed several Israeli missiles and hit a warplane attacking an airbas(...)

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