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The mother (R) of Palestinian Ateya Abu Moussa, who has been held prisoner by Israel for 20 years, reacts as she is hugged by her sister after hearing news on the possible release of her son. Abu Moussa was expected to be among more than 100 Arab prisoners to be released as a step to renew stalled peace talks with the Palestinians in Washington today. Photograph: Reuters

Israeli and Palestinian negotiators will resume peace talks today, the US State Department said in a statement. It will be the first time that the tw(...)

Supporters of deposed Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi run from tear gas fired by riot police during clashes on the Sixth of October Bridge over the Ramsis square area in central Cairo. Photograph: Amr Abdallah Dalsh/Reuters

A spokesman for Egypt’s interim president said today authorities expected Islamist movements to join in national reconciliation, including the Muslim (...)

A handout photograph released during a news conference by the Mexican government  of Miguel Angel Trevino. Trevino (40) known as Z-40, was captured early yesterday by Mexican army marines near the northern city of Nuevo Laredo on the US border, a government spokesman told reporters. Photograph: Secretaria de Gobernacion/Reuters

The Mexican government said last night it had captured the leader of the Zetas drug cartel, delivering a boost to president Enrique Pena Nieto in his (...)

Pro-Islamic Turks take part in a demonstration supporting deposed Egyptian president Mohamed Mursi in Istanbul. Photograph: Umit Bektas/Reuters

The first senior US official to visit Egypt since the army toppled the country’s elected president will hold high-level talks in Cairo today, where th(...)

Members of the Muslim Brotherhood and supporters of deposed Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi hold his pictures and wave Egyptian flags while gathering at the Rabaa Adawiya square in Cairo. Photograph: Mohamed Abd El Ghany/Reuters.

Egypt has announced a criminal investigation against deposed Islamist president Mohamed Morsi, with prosecutors saying they were examining complaints (...)

Senate foreign relations committee chairman Robert Menendez: “It would be a terrible error of judgment if the United States was to not engage now in the due diligence to protect our investment in this hard-won peace”

A high-ranking US senator has warned US secretary of state John Kerry that the release of the further Boston College interviews with former IRA member(...)

Fireworks lighting up the Empire State Building along the Manhattan skyline during Fourth of July celebrations. Photograph: John Minchillo/AP Photo

History was made in Coney Island, New York, on Thursday. Joey “Jaws” Chestnut won his seventh consecutive Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating championship when he(...)

We are not all that good at understanding how power works – we usually reduce it to a grossly simplified model whereby certain people are in power and(...)

Riot police use a water canon against a protester during an anti-government protest at Taksim Square in central Istanbul today. Turkish police fired tear gas and water cannon for a second day to prevent hundreds of protesters reaching the central Taksim Square, scene of violent protests in which hundreds were injured yesterday. Photograph: Murad Sezer/Reuters

Turkish prime minister Tayyip Erdogan today called for an immediate end to the fiercest anti-government demonstrations for years, as protesters clash(...)

The government of Cuban president Raul Castro has described the country’s inclusion on a US list of state sponsors of terrorism as shameful. Photograph: Prensa Latina/Reuters.

In what has become an annual ritual, the United States kept Cuba on its list of “state sponsors of terrorism” and Havana reacted angrily, calling it a(...)

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