Migrants clamber on to a dinghy to sail for the Greek island of Chios from the western Turkish coastal town of Cesme on Wednesday. Greece and Bulgaria complain that Turkey does nothing to halt the flow into their countries of refugees. Photograph: Umit Bektas/Reuters

In celebration of the parliamentary election victory of the Justice and Development Party (AKP), Ankara arrested three dozen opposition figures and mo(...)

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas: to appeal to the UN General Assembly to exert pressure on Israel and the US. Photograph: Reuters/Mohamad Torokman

Following the Gaza conflict, Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas and Hamas chief Khaled Mishaal have committed to a three-point plan to secure a Pales(...)

Palestinians celebrate in the West Bank city of Ramallah last night following the announcement of the ceasefire agreement between Israel and the Palestinians. Photograph: Reuters/Mohamad Torokman

Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas yesterday announced a long-term truce between Gaza and Israel, ending the 50-day conflict that has taken 1,235 (...)

Palestinians inspect a destroyed car after Israeli air strikes in Gaza City yesterday. Photograph: EPA/Mohammed Saber

Islamic Jihad, Hamas and other Palestinian armed factions yesterday accepted a new Egyptian proposal for a ceasefire in Gaza with the aim of ending 50(...)

Palestinians take cover as smoke rises after Israeli warplanes targeted a house in the Al-Shatea refugee camp in the west of Gaza City yesterday. Photograph: EPA/Mohammed Saber

Israel’s killing of three Hamas commanders has neither halted rocket fire from Gaza nor prompted the organisation to sue for a ceasefire. Israel es(...)

French foreign minister Laurent Fabius meeting Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas in Cairo on Friday to seek end to violence in Gaza. Photograph: EPA/Ghanaim/Palestinian Authority

Regional rivalries sharpened yesterday when Qatar’s emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani hosted discussions between Palestinian president Mahmoud Abb(...)

Arab League secretary general Nabil al-Arabi (left)  with Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas in Cairo on Wednesday.  Abbas is widely criticised by Palestinians for not condemning Israel’s offensive in Gaza. Photograph: Khaled Elfiqi/EPA

Egyptian foreign minister Sameh Shoukri yesterday denounced Israel’s ground offensive in Gaza and demanded that Palestinians and Israelis accept Cairo(...)