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 Families of some of the 218 people who died in August of 2020 after  a    stockpile of ammonium nitrate exploded at a port storage facility protest in Beirut. Photograph:  Nabil Mounzer/EPA

Powerful politicians in Iraq and Lebanon who have refused to accept accountability for their actions are prolonging instability in both countries. In(...)

Syria’s president, Bashar al-Assad, with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin in the Kremlin last month. Photograph: Mikhail Klimentyev/Sputnik/AFP via Getty Images

For a man who has spent the last decade battling armed rebels, being shunned in international forums and watching a brutal civil war dismantle his eco(...)

Anti-government activists and families of Beirut blast victims take part in a protest, in front the Justice Palace in Beirut, Lebanon on September 24th. Photograph: Nabil Mounzer/EPA

The Beirut port blast inquiry has been suspended for a second time after two ex-ministers mounted legal action to remove investigating judge Tarek Bit(...)

A man pushes his Mercedes past a closed petrol station in Dora, Lebanon, outside Beirut in  July. Photograph:   Bryan Denton/The New York Times

After more than a year without a fully functioning government, Lebanon’s bickering politicians on Friday agreed to form a 24-member cabinet. Lebanon’(...)

Israeli howitzers fire towards Lebanon from close to the northern town of Kiryat Shmona. Photograph: Jalaa Marey/AFP

Israel says it not seeking escalation after a cross-border exchange of fire on Friday with the Iranian-backed Lebanese Hizbullah militia. The Shia mi(...)

More than 200 people were killed and in excess of 6,000 injured in the Beirut blast that devastated the port area on August 4th, 2020. Photograph: EPA

A year after a massive blast devastated Beirut’s port and nearby neighbourhoods, Lebanese await a government to deal with the tragic results of the ex(...)

 Prime minister-designate Najib Mikati may be able to stand up to president Michel Aoun, who has stalled government formation for nine months. Photograph: Wael Hamzeh/EPA

The confirmation of Najib Mikati as Lebanon’s third prime minister-designate in a year was no surprise in his homeland. He had been touted as a repla(...)

 Iran’s newly-elected president   Ebrahim Raisi: Said during his campaign that his government would continue the nuclear talks. Photograph:  Atta KenarE/AFP via Getty Images

Western powers vowed over the weekend to forge ahead with efforts aimed at reviving the Iran nuclear deal as capitals scrambled to unpick the implicat(...)

Israel’s newly sworn in prime minister Naftali Bennett gives an address before the new cabinet at the Knesset in Jerusalem on Sunday. Photograph: Gil Cohen-Magen/AFP/Getty

Naftali Bennett, who has been sworn in as Israel’s new prime minister, embodies many of the contradictions that define the 73-year-old nation. He is (...)

 Anti-government protesters carry Lebanese flags as they shout slogans during a protest under the slogan ‘Beirut will not die’  in Beirut on Monday. Photograph; Wael Hamzeh/EPA

Lebanon’s financial and economic collapse is likely in the top 10, and possibly even the top three, global crises since 1850, the World Bank has repor(...)

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