Tunisia votes in first free presidential poll

Sebsi is frontrunner in poll capping turbulent democratic transition

Big Read: Battle for Iraq

About 500 Shiite volunteers from Tal Afar attend a combat training session at a military camp in the Shiite shrine city of Karbala in central Iraq on September 25, 2014 to join the fight against jihadists of the Islamic State (IS) group which led a sweeping offensive in June that overran much of the country's Sunni Arab heartland. The militant organisation has taken control of important cities including Mosul, Saddam Hussein's hometown Tikrit and Tal Afar in northern Iraq, as well as Fallujah and part of Ramadi in the west. AFP PHOTO / MOHAMMED SAWAF (Photo credit should read MOHAMMED SAWAF/AFP/Getty Images) ©AFP
US decision to delay its attack on Isis opened door to Tehran in Iraq

US and Turkey still divided on Syria path

‘Safe zones’ for rebels could be established near border

Israel presses on with Jewish state law

Government move draws criticism from moderates and Palestinians

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Washington’s two foreign policies

The question is whether Iran will have enough trust in Obama’s ability to co-opt Congress

Iran nuclear talks still deadlocked

Discussions shift to international observation and inspection

Jerusalem is no place to play with fire

Netanyahu’s slow strangulation of Palestinian aspiration can only fan the flames of extremism

Al-Shabaab attack in Kenya kills 28

Islamist extremist group claims responsibility

Diplomats eye interim Iran agreement

Attempt to inject urgency before the deadline of midnight on Monday

Timeline: Iran’s nuclear negotiations

Diplomatic struggles over Tehran’s intentions since 2002

Israeli use of skunk water fuels anger

Palestinians decry collective punishment in East Jerusalem

Bahrain set for first poll since uprising

Opposition boycott dashes hopes vote could end political deadlock

West cannot afford Iran to turn to Russia

It is vital a comprehensive deal on Iran’s nuclear programme is reached

US and Iran prepare for the blame game

Tehran hopes to break out of sanctions even if last-ditch talks on its nuclear programme fail

Conflict threatens $15bn Jordan gas deal

Country takes unprecedented step of recalling its ambassador from Israel

Jerusalem violence ‘not an intifada’

Minister denies unrest amounts to an uprising

Octogenarian tipped to lead Tunisia

Sebsi seen as presidential favourite to stop Islamist Nahda party

Five killed in Jerusalem synagogue attack

Netanyahu pledges that Israel will respond with a ‘heavy hand’

Iraqi forces wrest oil refinery from Isis

Baiji victory seen as milestone in war against Islamist group

Iran hardliners ordered to support talks

Tories are told not to undermine nuclear negotiations

Syrian rebels unite in ‘battle of destiny’ for Aleppo

Rival factions join forces in struggle for symbolic stronghold