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A Palestinian artist painting a mural in Gaza City in support of Palestinian prisoners  in Israeli jails. Photograph: Suhaib Salem/Reuters

Israel has agreed to release Palestinian prisoners in order to resume peace talks, but will not yield to other demands the Palestinians say must be me(...)

US secretary of state John Kerry: some Palestinian officials claimed the meeting participants were leaning towards accepting Mr Kerry’s formula for restarting peace talks with Israel. Photograph: Mandel Ngan/Pool via The New York Times

Palestinian leaders have delayed a decision about restarting peace talks with Israel, and will reconvene today in Ramallah.Conflicting reports emerge(...)

Civilians and forces loyal to Syria’s president Bashar al-Assad celebrate in Qusayr after the forces took control of the town from rebel fighters. Photograph:  Rami Bleibel/Reuters

Syrian troops backed up by tanks and armoured vehicles yesterday recaptured the Quneitra crossing-point on the ceasefire line between Syria and the(...)

Lebanese Army soldiers patrol near the site of the army checkpoint where three Lebanese soldiers were killed near the town of Arsal, in the eastern Bekaa Valley. Gunmen killed three Lebanese soldiers at an army checkpoint today before fleeing towards the Syrian border, Lebanese officials said. Photograph: Ahmad Shalha/Reuters

Disputes between Russia and the West over arming warring sides in Syria today dimmed prospects for peace talks that were also clouded by disarray amon(...)

Former Irish president Mary Robinson and former US president Jimmy Carter. Photograph: Jeff Moore/The Elders

It began with a conversation between British tycoon Richard Branson and musician Peter Gabriel as they flew home after a fundraising concert for a (...)

Tammam Salam has been tasked with forming a government of national unity in Lebanon. Photograph: Mohamed Azakir/Reuters

Syrian president Bashar al-Assad has warned that the Middle East could be chaotic for decades if rebel forces topple his regim(...)

Syria's President Bashar al-Assad (c) meets members of a ministerial committee responsible for establishing a framework aimed at ending the two-year conflict with anti-government forces last week. Photograph: Reuters/Sana.

Syrian president Bashar al-Assad has warned that if rebel forces battling to overthrow him take power in Syria they could destabilise the Middl(...)

Syrian National Coalition leader Moaz Alkhatib (second from right) arrives at the opening of its embassy in Doha, Qatar, yesterday.  A Syrian opposition bloc recognised by the Arab League as the sole representative for Syria has opened its first embassy there.  Photograph: Mohammed Dabbous

A Syrian opposition bloc recognised by the Arab League as the sole representative for Syria opened its first embassy in Qatar yesterday in a di(...)

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