Trumpeter Avishai Cohen. Photograph: Caterine di Perri/ECM

Israeli trumpeter Avishai Cohen has responded to criticism of his forthcoming concert at the National Concert Hall, which is being supported by the I(...)

Labour peer Alf Dubs: critical of his own party’s low profile in the EU referendum campaign, he warns that if Britain votes to leave the EU, it will be Labour’s fault for failing to mobilise its supporters. Photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA

Britain’s unelected House of Lords has few champions these days but one man has done more to enhance its reputation in recent weeks than most of its m(...)

Former British prime minister Tony Blair takes part in a discussion on Britain in the World in central London earlier this week, where he admitted the West “underestimated” the problems in Iraq after the toppling of Saddam Hussein. Photograph: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

The atmosphere at Central Hall in Westminster this week was that of a well-heeled school reunion when Tony Blair took the stage to talk about “Britain(...)

Former London mayor Ken Livingstone, who faces calls for expulsion from the Britrish Labour party. Photograph: Peter Nicholls/Reuters

The recent calls to expel former London mayor Ken Livingstone from the British Labour Party have created a worrying alliance between those who use acc(...)

Ken Livingstone, who has been suspended from the Labour Party for comments made while defending Naz Shah – the suspended Labour MP – leaves Milbank Studios in London. Photograph: Rob Stothard/Getty Images

Labour has suspended former London mayor Ken Livingstone from the party after he said that Adolf Hitler had supported Zionism before he murdered six (...)

US Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter and US ambassador to France Jane Hartley, pay tribute to the victims of November 13th terror attacks in Paris, at the Place de la Republique. Photograph: Jacques Demarthon/AFP/Getty Images

The French writer and statesman André Malraux allegedly predicted that “the 21st century will be a century of religion or it will not be at all.” Th(...)

Tensions rose last year when an Israeli foreign ministry spokesman called Brazil a ’diplomatic dwarf’ after Brasilia recalled its ambassador from Israel to protest the  military offensive in Gaza in July 2014. File photograph:  AP Photo/Hatem Moussa

Brazil’s reluctance to accept an Israeli ambassador who is a West Bank settler has set off a diplomatic crisis and led to a standoff with the Israeli (...)

Gate to the Hareem el-Sharif, the Noble Sanctuary, or the Temple Mount to Jews, in Jerusalem’s Old City. Photograph: EPA/Jim Hollander

Within Jerusalem’s holiest site, known as the Temple Mount to Jews and the Noble Sanctuary to Muslims, lies an explosive historical question that c(...)

Human rights lawyer Raji Sourani says Gaza is trapped in a “criminal, illegal and inhuman siege” which is “suffocating its people socially and economically and sending Gaza back to the Middle Ages”.  Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Ireland must play a greater role “morally, politically and legally” in calling for an end to the siege and “crimes against humanity” on the Gaza Strip(...)

Israeli prime minister Binyamin  Netanyahu Russian president Vladimir Putin   at the Novo-Ogaryovo state residence outside Moscow, Russia: Israel and Russia have a “common interest in ensuring stability” in Syria, Mr Netanyahu said at the meeting.  Photograph: Ivan Sekretarev/Pool/Reuters

Russian president Vladimir Putin and Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu disagreed over the threat to Israel’s security from Syria as they began(...)

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