An Israeli undercover policeman arrests a Palestinian protester in the West Bank town of Ramallah during a protest against the US decision to recognise Jerusalem as capital of Israel. Photograph: Shadi Hatem

President Mahmoud Abbas has taken the step Palestinians have advocated since their state failed to emerge in 2000 by accusing Washington of “bias in f(...)

Rohingya refugees from Myanmar’s Rakhine state wait for aid in the Bangladeshi town of Teknaf. Photograph: AFP/ Getty Images

Pressure mounted on Myanmar on Tuesday to end violence that has sent about 370,000 Rohingya Muslims fleeing to Bangladesh, with the United States call(...)

Saudi’s defence minister Mohammed bin Salman attending a military parade by Saudi security forces ahead of the annual Hajj pilgrimage in the holy city of Mecca. Photograph:  Bandar Al-Jaloud/AFP/Getty Images

The rift that has divided the Middle East between Sunnis and Shias and fuelled proxy wars in Syria and Yemen appears to have eased, enabling 86,000 Ir(...)

Palestinian children living in Lebanon  express solidarity with the Palestinian children living in Gaza, in Maroun Al Ras village in southern Lebanon, near the border between Lebanon and Israel, yesterday. Photograph: Reuters/Ali Hashisho

Palestinian negotiators said yesterday the expiry of the second three-day ceasefire at midnight tonight is the deadline for a long-term deal on Gaz(...)

Supporters of Turkey’s prime minister Recep  Tayyip Erdogan  in front of an election centre in Istanbul today. Mr Erdogan said  the Turkish people had “shown their will” in a presidential election which local media and allies said he had won, but stopped short of formally declaring victory, saying he would make a full statement later. Photograph: Osman Orsal/Reuters

An unofficial vote count indicates prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan is set to win Turkey’s first ever presidential election in the first round, acc(...)

UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon beside UN Arab League envoy for Syria Lakhdar Brahimi after yesterday’s “Geneva II” talks in Montreux. Photograph: Arnd Wiegmann/Reuters

Ill-tempered exchanges dominated the Syrian peace conference convened yesterday in the Swiss resort of Montreux. While Syrian foreign minister (...)

Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz al-Saud. The hereditary monarchy ruled by him is the site of the Muslim world’s two most sacred cities, Mecca and Medina. Photograph: Brendan Smialowski/Reuters

Founded by Abdel Aziz Ibn Saud in 1932, the deeply conservative tribal kingdom of oil-rich Saudi Arabia occupies most of the Arabian peninsula and dom(...)