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US assistant secretary of state Victoria Nuland apologised to EU colleagues over contents of hacked telephone call. Photograph: Gleb Garanich/Reuters

The top US diplomat in Europe has privately apologised for an obscene remark about the European Union, a comment the German chancellor Angela Merkel d(...)

 Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu chairing a weekly cabinet meeting today in Jerusalem, Israel. Photograph: Gali Tibbon/Getty Images

US secretary of state John Kerry is holding a gun to Israel’s head in peace talks with the Palestinians by warning it could face international isolat(...)

Protesters against the Syrian government demonstrate outside the UN building in Geneva as international mediator Lakhdar Brahimi holds talks today with a Syrian government delegation led by Syrian foreign minister Walid al-Moualem. Photograph: Jamal Saidi/Reuters

The Syrian government and its opponents will hold their first joint meeting tomorrow to launch peace talks aimed at resolving nearly three years of ci(...)

Smoke rises from a bus station hit by what activists said was an airstrike by forces loyal to Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad, as garbage fills the street in Jisr al-Hajj in Aleppo today. Photograph: Ammar Abdullah/Reuters

A report on the torture and killing of thousands of detainees in Syria are horrific and suggest systematic violations by the government of Syrian Pre(...)

The father and a younger sister of Devyani Khobragade, the indicted diplomat accused of exploiting her housekeeper in New York, are surrounded by media at an airport in Delhi, India. Ms Khobragade has been transferred to a post in India Photograph: Kuni Takahashi/New York Times

India has ordered an official at the US embassy to leave New Delhi in tit-for-tat expulsions in the diplomatic row between the countries after an Indi(...)

India’s deputy consul general in New York, Devyani Khobragade, attends a Rutgers University event at India’s Consulate General in New York in this file photo. Photograph: Mohammed Jaffer/Reuters

An Indian diplomat whose arrest and strip-search caused a major rift in US-Indian ties was effectively expelled from the United States as part of a de(...)

US citizens board a Marine Corps plane during a partial evacuation of the US embassy in Juba, South Sudan. Photograph: Staff Sgt Robert L Fisher III/ US Marines via The New York Times

An African official who is working to organise peace talks between warring parties in South Sudan said that direct talks between the sides have been d(...)

Freed Palestinian prisoner Rami Barbakh (C), who was convicted of killing an Israeli in 1994 , waves  upon his release in Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip today. Photograph: Ibraheem Abu Mustafa/Reuters

Israel freed 26 Palestinian prisoners today, days before US secretary of state John Kerry was due back in the Middle East to press the two sides to ag(...)

The Tipperary Peace Convention said Pope Francis had “been noted for his humility, his concern for the poor, and his commitment to dialogue as a way to build bridges between people of all backgrounds, beliefs, and faiths”. Photograph: Franco Origlia/Getty Images

Among the five nominees for the 2013 Tipperary Peace Prize, published today, is Pope Francis. He is already Time magazine Person of the Year, and The (...)

US diplomat Richard Haass with Harvard professor Meghan O’Sullivan, speaking to the media at Stormont Hotel in Belfast, where he is chairing negotiations dealing with contentious flags, parades and the region’s troubled past. Photograph: Paul Faith/PA Wire

Richard Haass and Meghan O’Sullivan have history on their side when it comes to breakthrough deals. “Outside” involvement has been central to any si(...)

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