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Construction in the Israeli settlement of Brushin in the West Bank, in March  2015. A plan that the Saudi crown prince was said to be foisting on the Palestinians would offer them limited sovereignty and deny them Jerusalem as the capital. Photograph: Tomas Munita/New York Times

In a mysterious trip last month, Mahmoud Abbas, the Palestinian president, travelled to Saudi Arabia’s capital for consultations with the hard-chargin(...)

 Lebanese prime minister Saad Hariri speaks to his supporters at his home at downtown Beirut, Lebanon, after returning from Saudi Arabia. Hariri, who had recently announced his resignation, said he would temporarily refrain from stepping down from office at the behest of the country’s president. Photograph: Wael Hamzeh/EPA

Lebanese prime minister Saad Hariri’s return to Beirut on independence day is ironic as current external interventions in the country’s affairs have d(...)

Saad Hariri (right), who announced his resignation as Lebanon’s prime minister from Saudi Arabia,  talks with Lebanese president Michel Aoun at a military parade to celebrate the 74th anniversary of Lebanon’s independence in  Beirut on Wednesday. Photograph: Mohamed Azakir/Reuters

The Lebanese prime minister, Saad Hariri, has said he is suspending the resignation that he announced two weeks ago from Saudi Arabia, easing a crisis(...)

Saad al-Hariri (right), who announced his resignation as Lebanon’s prime minister from Saudi Arabia, is seen at the grave of his father, assassinated former Lebanese prime minister Rafik al-Hariri, in downtown Beirut tonight. Photograph: Jamal Saidi/Reuters

Saad al-Hariri returned to Beirut this evening for the first time since he resigned as Lebanon’s prime minister in a broadcast from Saudi Arabia and p(...)

Lebanese prime minister Saad Hariri shaking hands with French president Emmanuel Macron back in September 2017, before claims about his detainment in Saudi Arabia. Photograph: Ludovic Marin/AFP/Getty

France said on Wednesday that Lebanese prime minister Saad al-Hariri, who Lebanon’s president says is being held hostage by Saudi Arabia, will visit F(...)

Lebanon’s foreign minister, Gebran Bassil, giving a press conference in Paris on Tuesday. He said prime minister Saad Hariri needed to return to Lebanon to prove he was free. Photograph: Lionel Bonaventure/AFP/Getty Images

Saad Hariri will return to Lebanon from Saudi Arabia within two days, he said on Tuesday, 10 days after his shock resignation as prime minister in a b(...)

Patrons of a coffee shop in Beirut watch the television interview on Sunday with prime minister Saad Hariri, which took place in Saudi Arabia. Speculation is rampant that he is being held hostage there. Photograph: Jamal Saidi/Reuters

The Sunday evening interview with Lebanon’s prime minister was meant to put to rest the rampant speculation that he was being held hostage in Saudi Ar(...)

Pro-government Syrian troops taking up positions during fighting with insurgents near Boukamal, on the Iraq-Syria border, November 8th, 2017. Videograb: Syrian Central Military Media/AP

The rout on Thursday by the Syrian army of Islamic State fighters from the eastern border town of Abu Kemal – their last stronghold in Syria – heralds(...)

Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Salman: The abrupt clampdown on corruption could exacerbate criticism of other risky policies he has adopted. Photograph:  Presidency Press Service/Pool Photo via AP

Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Salman has shaken the kingdom to its foundations by detaining senior princes, ministers and wealthy businessmen and fi(...)

Smoke billows from the eastern Syrian city of Deir al-Zor  during an operation by   Syrian government forces against Islamic State on Thursday. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Islamic State’s self-proclaimed caliphate was all but reduced on Friday to a pair of border towns at the Iraq-Syria frontier, where thousands of fight(...)

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