Paul McGeough Barack Obama's bizarre speech left me wondering if his allies, particularly those in the Middle East, were too embarrassed to be mentioned.
Paul McGeough It's entirely sensible, but is it too much to ask for the Arab and Muslim worlds to speak loudly and clearly, and to act, as they should against the obscene acts of violence being perpetrated in the...
Adam Schreck and Zeina Karam What danger does the Islamic State militant group immediately pose?
Maher Mughrabi What are the forces at work in Iraq and Syria that have brought us to the current conflict?
Matthew Clayfield In an old tissue paper factory near the Syrian-Turkish border live people who are refugees twice over.
Israel declared a Gaza ceasefire over on Friday, saying Hamas militants breached the truce soon after it took effect and apparently captured an Israeli officer while killing two other soldiers.
Ahmed Rasheed and Raheem Salman Insurgents have captured two northern Iraqi towns and an oil field in their first major victory over Kurdish fighters, witnesses said on Sunday.
David Blair The US and Saudi Arabia are now at loggerheads over every burning issue in the Middle East.
Michael Shear President Vladimir Putin of Russia called President Barack Obama on Friday to discuss a proposal by Obama for a diplomatic resolution to the crisis in Ukraine, and the two leaders agreed that their...
Kathleen Hennessey and Christi Parsons President Barack Obama is weighing whether to allow shoulder-launched anti-aircraft missiles to be shipped to moderate factions of the Syrian opposition, possibly with help from the Saudi government,...
Henry Meyer Russian President Vladimir Putin, condemned by NATO for annexing Crimea, is now defying the US in Syria by sending more and deadlier arms to help Bashar al-Assad, experts say.
Peter Baker A dour Vladimir Putin glares ever so frostily, full of menace, free of mirth, ready to annex any passer-by unwise enough to get too close.
A court in Saudi Arabia has sentenced the editor of an internet forum he founded to discuss the role of religion in the conservative Islamic kingdom to 10 years in jail and 1000 lashes, Saudi media...
Ruth Pollard As a team of cleaners in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre worked on their hands and knees, Vatican flags were being hung outside Jerusalem’s Old City.
Pope Francis called for urgent steps to end Syria's three-year-old civil war as he arrived in neighbouring Jordan on Saturday during his first trip to the Holy Land as pope.
Former army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi was sworn in as president of Egypt on Sunday in a ceremony with low-key attendance by Western allies concerned by the country's crackdown on dissent since he...
Jeffrey Heller Israel's prime minister has increased the amount of occupied territory he wants to keep after any peace deal with the Palestinians, Israeli radio reported on Thursday, a move that could complicate U.
Alaa Shahine The absolute monarchies of the Gulf are betting that their money can help build a stable Egypt run by generals.
Angus McDowall After serving for years as the main conduit for weapons and cash to rebels battling Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, Saudi Arabia is shifting its policy to contain the spread of Islamist militancy...
Britain's Prince Charles, dressed in a traditional Saudi robe and a chequered red and white keffiyeh, joined members of Saudi Arabia's royal family in performing the "Ardah" sword dance near Riyadh.