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UN high commissioner for human rights Michelle Bachelet on-screen yesterday during a special session of the UN Human Rights Council to discuss the situation in the Occupied Palestinian Territory.  Photograph: Martial Trezzini/EPA

Israel has reacted angrily to the decision by the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) to launch an investigation against it for alleged war cr(...)

UN high commissioner for human rights Michelle Bachelet speaking on a sceen at  the European headquarters of the United Nations in Geneva on Thursday. Photograph:  Martial Trezzini/EPA

The United Nations Human Rights Council agreed on Thursday to launch an international investigation into alleged crimes committed during the 11-day co(...)

 Belarusian president Alexander Lukashenko: Due to meet Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin on Friday. Photograph:  Siarhei Leskiec/AFP via Getty Images

The European Union and other western powers have pledged to ramp up pressure on Belarus after it forced a Ryanair plane to land so that an opposition (...)

A Palestinian woman walks past a destroyed building in the al-Rimal commercial district in Gaza City on May 22nd.  Photograph: Emmanuel Dunand/AFP via Getty Images

Hamas’s political chief Yahya Sinwar has pledged a “transparent and impartial” distribution of aid in Gaza and said his administration will not touch (...)

Egyptian president Abdel Fattah al-Sisi (centre) meeting with US secretary of state Anthony Blinken (second left) in Cairo on Wednesday. Photograph: Egyptian presidency/EPA

It took a war in Gaza for Joe Biden to make his first phone call to Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, the president of Egypt. The US president had snubbed Sisi (...)

Palestinians sit around a fire between their families’ destroyed houses in Beit Hanoun town, northern Gaza Strip, on Wednesday. Photograph: Mohammed Saber/EPA

Ireland has become the first EU member state to declare the building of Israeli settlements in Palestinian territories as de facto annexation, after t(...)

Belarusian president Alexander Lukashenko addresses the parliament in Minsk on Wednesday. Photograph: Maxi Guckek/EPA

Belarusian president Alexander Lukashenko has accused the West of waging “hybrid war” against him and of using a row over the diversion of a Ryanair f(...)

This screengrab taken from an undated video made available by anonymously-sourced Telegram channel Nevolf and shared on social media and the Belarus State TV, Belarusian activist Roman Protasevich (26)  in the detention House Numero 1 in Minsk. Photograph: Telegram channel Nevolf/AFP via Getty

European airliners have started bypassing Belarus as the EU moved to isolate the country after it forced a Ryanair flight to land at Minsk airport so (...)

US secretary of state Antony Blinken is greeted by Israeli foreign minister Gabi Ashkenazi as he steps off the plane at Tel Aviv airport on Tuesday. Photograph: Alex Brandon/Pool/AP

US secretary of state Antony Blinken has pledged to reopen the country’s consulate in Jerusalem – the diplomatic mission that engages with the Palesti(...)

Taoiseach Micheal Martin at EU summit at the European Council building in Brussels. Photograph: Olivier Hoslet, Pool via AP

The scrambling of a Belarusian Mig-29 fighter jet to escort a Ryanair aircraft to Minsk put the regime of “Europe’s last dictator”, Alexander Lukashen(...)

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