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Egypt’s president Mohamed Morsi (right) with defence minister Abdel Fattah el-Sisi last October. Photograph: Reuters

Gen Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, architect of the military intervention in Egypt’s worsening political crisis, was little known outside the army when he was (...)

A crowd gathers to hear a televised speech by Egypyian president Mohamed Morsi on a screen in Cairo’s Tahrir Square. Photograph: Tara Todras-Whitehill/The New York Times

As Egyptians prepare to demonstrate for and against President Mohamed Morsi, who marks his first anniversary in office on Sunday, the army makes conti(...)

Palestinian prime minister Rami Hamdallah, who was appointed on June 2nd, has been asked to continue in office in a caretaker capacity until a new government is formed. Photograph: Mohamad Torokman/Reuters

Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas yesterday accepted the resignation of prime minister Rami Hamdallah, precipitating a fresh crisis in the Fatah-dom(...)

People walk past graffiti depicting Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi near Tahrir Square in Cairo today. Photograph: Amr Abdallah Dalsh/Reuters

Egypt’s army issued a sharp warning to rival political factions on Sunday that it may step in to impose order, as clashes ahead of major opposition ra(...)

Palestinian prime minister Rami Hamdallah, who has offered his resignation. Photograph: Mohamad Torokman/Reuters

Two weeks after being sworn in as Palestinian prime minister, Rami Hamdallah has offered his resignation to President Mahmoud Abbas. According to Pale(...)

Former Irish president Mary Robinson and former US president Jimmy Carter. Photograph: Jeff Moore/The Elders

It began with a conversation between British tycoon Richard Branson and musician Peter Gabriel as they flew home after a fundraising concert for a (...)

In a recent interview, the editor of the New York Review of Books , Robert Silvers, remember(...)

Palestinian policemen loyal to Hamas inspect the scene in Gaza after an Israeli airstrike  killed a Palestinian and wounded another in the Gaza Strip today. Photograph: Suhaib Salem/Reuters

An Israeli airstrike killed a Palestinian and wounded another in the Gaza Strip today, medics said, in the first targeted attack against milit(...)

Salam Fayyad (left) with Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas, who accepted his resignation this month as prime minister of the Palestinian Authority. Photograph: David Silverman/Getty Images

On April 13th, Palestinian Authority prime minister Salam Fayyad resigned. It was an easy development to miss, but not one to be ignored. It wa(...)

US Secretary of State John Kerry speaks during a news conference  in Istanbul. Photograph: Murad Sezer

US secretary of state John Kerry will hold talks with Israeli leaders in Jerusalem today, but efforts to revive the Middle Eas(...)

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