Russia accuses US of Syria bomb attack

The air strikes targeted the Hajin, the last major stronghold of Islamic State in Syria

Donald Trump closure of PLO mission in Washington ‘another move to punish Palestinians’

The decision will be announced by Trump’s security advisor John Bolton in the Hague on Monday, where he plans to take on the ICC for investigating the US ...

Syria and Russia pound last rebel strongholds of Idlib

Some of the heaviest bombardment in weeks kill at least nine civilians, including a child

Turkey’s central bank promises action after inflation surges to 18%

Central bank warns of ‘significant risks’ to price stability

Israel applauds US funding halt to Palestinian refugees

‘It is finally beginning to resolve the problem,’ says Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

Iran is sticking with nuclear deal

UN agency says all sites inspected were compliant, but uncertainty over deal remains after US president reimposed sanctions

UN envoy ready to help civilians evacuate Idlib

His comments in Geneva come amid fears the Syrian government, backed by long-time ally Russia, is mobilising for a military offensive to retake Idlib

Iran calls for signatories to save nuclear deal after US exit

In a phone call to French President Emmanuel Macron, Rouhani said Iran wanted the Europeans to give guarantees on banking channels

Thomas Cook evacuating customers as UK couple dies in Egypt hotel

The couple’s daughter says no cause of death has been established as the hotel denies a rise in illnesses at the premises

Woman activist up for death penalty

It comes as the country takes an increasingly combative approach to international criticism

Millions of Muslims start hajj

Vast resources mobilised for six-day journey, with apps helping pilgrims with travel plans and medical care

Trump adviser arrives in Israel for talks on Syria and Iran

John Bolton’s trip will also take him to Ukraine and Geneva, where he will meet with his Russian counterpart, Nikolai Patrushev

Israel stops people crossing from Gaza

Move could prevent Gazans from travelling via the crossing for this week’s Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha

Saudi Arabia offer $100m to rebuild Syria’s shattered northeast

The government in Damascus criticised the contribution as ‘morally unacceptable’, in a statement carried by the official Sana news agency

Israeli police question Benjamin Netanyahu over alleged bribery at Bezeq Telecom

Authorities allege the prime minister awarded regulatory favours to Bezeq in return for more positive coverage of him and his wife on a news website it owned

After ban in July, Israel will allow supplies into Gaza to resume if calm holds

Egypt and the UN have been trying to mediate a broad truce to prevent another escalation in fighting

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