Investigators are seen through the windows at the scene of a blast at the residence of Palestinian ambassador Jamal al-Jamal in Prague. Photograph: Filip Singer/EPA

The Czech Republic has been gripped by a mystery straight from the pages of a thriller: the tale of an exploding safe, a dead Palestinian ambassador a(...)

US secretary of state John Kerry and Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas talk before a meeting in the West Bank city of Ramallah yesterday. Several hundred Palestinians marched in Ramallah ahead of the meeting chanting “Kerry, you coward, there’s no place for you in Palestine”. Photograph: Brendan Smialowski/Reuters

A senior Palestinian official has indicated Ramallah will reject the framework agreement being drawn up by US secretary of state John Kerry in an effo(...)

A file image of Palestinian president Yasser Arafat in the Gaza Strip in 2001. The fFormer Palestinian leader died of natural causes, not radiation poisoning, the head of a Russian state forensics agency  said today. Photograph: Reuters

Russia said today former Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat died of natural causes, not radiation poisoning. A Palestinian official has called the find(...)

UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon and Israel’s justice minister Tzipi Livni  in Jerusalem on August 16th. Ms Livni, Israel’s chief negotiator in peace talks with Palestinian leaders, has refused to provide details on the state of the discussions. “We are arguing, but we are arguing inside the room,” she said. Photograph: Sebastian Scheiner/Reuters

With attention in the Middle East focused this week on the dramatic events in Egypt and Syria, Israeli and Palestinian negotiators in Jerusalem discre(...)

Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas is on a tight rein in these “talks about talks”,  with the blessing of Fatah but not Hamas. Photograph: Issam Rimawi/Reuters

Palestinians harbour few expectations of talks about talks with Israel that began last night over dinner in Washington and are to continue today. (...)

Palestinian chief negotiator Saeb Erekat  said Israel had “a systematic plan for destroying US secretary of state John Kerry’s efforts to revive Middle East peace talks. Photograph:  Reuters/Muhammad Hamed

Palestinian officials have warned that Israeli plans to build new homes in Jewish neighbourhoods of east Jerusalem could scupper efforts by US secret(...)

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