Ultra Orthodox Jewish men pray at the synagogue, separated by plastic cells, in  the central Israeli city of Rehovot.  Photograph: Gil Cohen Magen/AFP/Getty

Israel begins a three-week lockdown on Friday, the eve of the Jewish new year, in an effort to curb the second coronavirus wave which has seen the cou(...)

Pedestrians in the centre of Jerusalem on Tuesday.  Photograph: Menahem Kahana/AFP via Getty Images

Infections are surging, the government has reinstated a partial lockdown and the country’s top health bureaucrat has quit in frustration – hopes that (...)

Passengers wearing protective masks travel on a bus in Mumbai, India, on Monday. Photograph: Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg

India has overtaken Russia with the world’s third-highest number of novel coronavirus cases, at nearly 700,000, according to the latest data, as the (...)

Police officers stop a vehicle at a checkpoint in the Segrià region of Catalonia, northeastern Spain on Saturday. Photograph: Ramon Gabriel/EPA

Spain has ringfenced more than 70,000 people in Galicia in the second local lockdown ordered in as many days, as one of Europe’s worst-affected countr(...)

 Israeli activists protest in front of the Knesset  in Jerusalem, amid an ongoing row over the election of a new speaker. Photograph: Abir Sultan/EPA

Israel is facing an unprecedented constitutional showdown after the high court of justice ruled that Knesset speaker Yuli Edelstein must allow the par(...)

Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu has been indicted on charges of trading political and regulatory favours for positive press coverage and accepting lavish gifts from wealthy supporters. Photograph: Gil Cohen-Magen/AFP via Getty Images

Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu has said he will seek immunity from corruption charges. The move is likely to delay any trial until after M(...)

Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu  during a meeting of the right-wing bloc at the Knesset (Israeli parliament) in Jerusalem on Wednesday. Photograph: Gali Tibbon/AFP via Getty Images)

Israel’s attorney general has charged prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu with fraud and breach of trust in three separate corruption cases, making him (...)