Middle East

Israel says no more visas for 'biased' HRW staff

Israeli authorities reject Human Rights Watch request for work permit, accusing it of having a 'pro-Palestinian' agenda.

Inside Story

Can the latest round of talks end the Syrian conflict?

Syrian government and opposition representatives are in Geneva for a new round of UN-sponsored negotiations.

Humanitarian crises

$4.4bn urgently needed to prevent 'famine catastrophe'

UN chief Antonio Guterres says more than 20 million people face starvation in South Sudan, Nigeria, Somalia and Yemen.

Middle East

Turkey-backed rebels in 'near full control' of Al Bab

Turkey's defence minister says key town almost fully captured, but other reports say street battles still ongoing.

Battle for Mosul

Iraqi forces take control of Mosul Airport

Security forces storm ISIL-held Mosul International Airport as they continue offensive on western half of the city.

Middle East

Syria rebels seek 'direct negotiations' with government

Instead of negotiating in separate rooms, opposition wants face-to-face meetings with officials at Geneva talks.

Palestine

Palestinian diaspora gathers for 'a common vision'

The meeting in Istanbul comes at a crucial time for the Palestinian national struggle.

Israeli–Palestinian conflict

Don't blame Trump for tiring of the two-state solution

A two-state solution for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict was in dire straits long before Trump's presidency.

by Geoffrey Aronson

Battle for Mosul

Iraqi special forces advance towards Mosul airport

Iraqi troops launch a new assault on the Ghazlani military base near Mosul's airport against ISIL.

Middle East

Syria talks to resume with low expectations

UN's Staffan de Mistura plays down expectations for progress as government and opposition officials gather in Geneva.

Palestine

UN decries Israel's West Bank demolition order

An estimated 140 structures in a Palestinian Bedouin village ordered demolished by the Israeli government.

Middle East

Turkey allows female army officers to wear headscarf

In break from strict secular past, defence ministry allows female officers to cover their heads with plain headscarves.

ISIS

Time to tackle ISIL's millions of sympathisers?

It is necessary to improve the underlying conditions that transformed ordinary citizens into desperate ISIL supporters.

by Rami G Khouri

Syria's Civil War

After six years of war, low hopes for Syria peace talks

As officials and rebels gather in Geneva for more meetings, prospect of war ending fades with ceasefire falling apart.

Israeli–Palestinian conflict

Elor Azaria verdict: 'No justice for Palestinians'

Soldier who executed a wounded Palestinian has been sentenced to 18 months in jail and a demotion.