Avigdor Lieberman, as he resigned as Israel’s defence minister on Tuesday. “Were I to stay in office, I would not be able to look southern residents in the eye,” he said after rocket attacks from Gaza. Photograph: Menahem Kahana/AFP/Getty Images

Israeli defence minister Avigdor Lieberman resigned on Wednesday, denouncing a ceasefire agreement with Hamas to end two days of fighting as “surrende(...)

People look at an artwork depicting Qatar’s emir, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, in Doha. Since the imposition of a boycott of Qatar by other Gulf states, Tamim has become the object of a fervent personality cult. Photograph: Naseem Zeitoon/Reuters

For the emir of Qatar, there has been little that money can’t buy. As a teenager he dreamed of becoming the Boris Becker of the Arab world, so his par(...)

 Pope Francis  speaks to journalists aboard his flight to Italy at the end of his visit to South America on Monday. Photograph: EPA/Luca Zennaro

Pope Francis has apologised to victims of clerical sex abuse on Sunday, acknowledging he had “wounded many” in comments defending a Chilean bishop wh(...)

A Palestinian  sits outside his shop on Tuesday this week during the few hours of mains electricity the residents of the Gaza Strip enjoy every day. Photograph: Mahmud Hams/AFP/Getty Images

The UN warns conditions in Gaza are deteriorating more rapidly than forecast and the narrow coastal strip has reached the point of being unlivable thr(...)

Qatari woman walks in front of the city skyline in Doha, Qatar.  Qatar has called the charges baseless and says the demands are so severe that they seem intended to be rejected. Photograph: Kamran Jebreili/AP

Qatar has handed over its response to a list of extraordinary demands made by Saudi Arabia and three allies after they imposed an embargo on the Gul(...)

(Left to right) Qatar’s emir Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al-Thani,  Abu Dhabi crown prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan,  US president Donald Trump,  Saudi Arabia’s king Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and Jordan’s king Abdullah II pose for a photograph during Arab-Islamic-American Summit in Riyadh on  May 21st. Photograph: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

A joint investigation by the FBI and the UK’s National Crime Agency has concluded that Russian hackers were responsible for sending out fake messages (...)

Former IAAF president Lamine Diack is accused of accepting more than €1 million in return for covering up positive drug tests: His son, Papa Massata Diack,  is wanted by Interpol on charges of complicity in receiving bribes. Photograph: Paul Gilham/Getty

A company founded by a former senior figure at the IAAF, the governing body of world athletics, reportedly received two payments totalling $3.5 milli(...)

An artist’s impression of the Al-Wakrah stadium complex. Photograph: Getty Images

Meals for about 270 migrant workers, mostly from India and the Philippines, were cancelled by a catering and labour camp operator in Qatar because of (...)

Older African members of the Aspire Football Dreams program watch as younger players played the visiting FC Barcelona youth team, in Doha, Qatar, on January 27th, 2014. Photograph: Bryan Denton/The New York Times

A little more than a decade ago, Andreas Bleicher, then a director of one of Germany’s Olympic training centres, arrived in the tiny Persian Gulf nat(...)

Israeli flares float down over Gaza tonight  in Sderot, Israel. Photograph: Andrew Burton/Getty Images

Egypt is proposing a temporary ceasefire as a first step in ending the latest Israeli-Palestinian conflict that has left more than 175 people dead.The(...)

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