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Syrian refugees wait for treatment at a Doctors of the World medical centre at the Al Zaatri refugee camp in the Jordanian city of Mafraq, near the border with Syria. Photograph: Reuters.

Rockets yesterday struck the Lebanese hill village of Hermel, a Hizbullah bastion near the border with Syria, killing one civilian and damaging severa(...)

Google Inc has bought Waze, an Israeli mobile satellite navigation application. Photograph: Reuters

Google bought Israeli mapping startup Waze today for an undisclosed sum, acquiring an online real-time mapping service to safeguard its own lead in on(...)

Smoke rises as a fire burns near the Kuneitra border crossing, as seen from the Israeli occupied Golan Heights, close to the ceasefire line between Israel and Syria. Photograph: Ammar Awad/Reuters

Syrian troops have amid heavy fighting retaken a UN-manned crossing between the country and Iraeli-occupied territory that the rebels had taken earlie(...)

In a 22-minute recording posted on Islamist websites today to mark 65 years since Israel’s founding, al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri  said the only way to solve the Palestinian problem was through jihad, or Islamic holy war.
Photograph: Reuters

Al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri urged Syrians to unite to bring down President Bashar al-Assad and thwart what he said were US plans to set up a cli(...)

The Orcam device clips on to the wearer’s glasses and is designed to both recognise and speak “text in the wild”, a term used to describe newspaper articles as well as bus numbers, and objects as diverse as landmarks, traffic lights and the faces of friends. Photograph: Orcam via The New York Times

Liat Negrin, an Israeli who has been visually impaired since childhood, walked into a grocery store here recently, picked up a can of vegetables and e(...)

The recent revelations that certain Irish- registered Apple subsidiaries are not paying any tax to any jurisdiction, apparently without breaking any laws in any jurisdiction, must cause at least some chief executives of other Irish-registered multinational subsidiaries to ask why they, too, cannot avail of similar structures.

There is something exquisitely wry about a Republican-dominated US Congress now questioning the global taxation policies of US controlled multinationa(...)

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(...)

Syria has already received the first shipment of an advanced Russian air defence system and will soon get the rest of the S-300 missiles, president Bashar al-Assad was quoted as saying today. Photograph: Khaled al-Hariri/Reuters.

Syria has already received the first shipment of an advanced Russian air defence system and will soon get the rest of the S-300 missiles, president Ba(...)

Mourners carry the body of a 17-year-old boy, in Hermel, Lebanon, on Tuesday. The boy was killed in a rocket attack on the village, which is near the Syrian border. Photograph: Bryan Denton/The New York Times

The increasingly bitter warfare within Syria is a proxy for regional and international rivalries. Thus far, the EU and its Nato member states have pro(...)

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(...)

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