Palestinian demonstrators shout slogans as they hold posters with  crossed out  images of US president Donald Trump and vice-president Mike Pence during a protest against Mr Pence’s visit to Israel, in the West Bank city of Nablus, earlier this week. Photograph: Abed Omar Qusini/Reuters

The Palestinian leadership has reacted angrily to threats by US president Donald Trump to withhold aid if it refuses to negotiate with Israel. “This(...)

Russia’s foreign minister Sergei Lavrov with his Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu in Alanya, Turkey, on Thursday. Turkey is said to be brokering talks between Russia and Syrian rebels. Photograph: Reuters

Syrian rebels are in secret talks with Russia to end the fighting in Aleppo, according to opposition figures, a development that shows how the United (...)