Kurds take tough line in government talks

Premier-designate Abadi races to form cabinet


An Egyptian girl shouts slogans against the military in Cairo's Tahrir Square on December 23, 2011 as people gathered for a mass rally against the ruling military, which sparked outrage when its soldiers were taped beating women protesters. AFP PHOTO / FILIPPO MONTEFORTE (Photo credit should read FILIPPO MONTEFORTE/AFP/Getty Images) ©AFP
Three years after they captured global attention during protests in Tahrir Square that forced Hosni Mubarak out of office, many young Egyptians feel their revolution has been lost.
– Heba Saleh

Isis claims to behead captive US journalist

White House yet to verify video showing James Foley

Rockets prompt Israel to end Gaza talks

Negotiators leave truce talks as conflict resumes

Iraqi forces fail to retake Tikrit

Fighting comes as pontiff calls for UN action to stop Isis

Yemen’s Shia rebels threaten transition

Surge in sectarian violence could spoil unity moves

Kurds retake Mosul dam from Isis

US air strikes pave way for morale boosting victory

Britain’s options to fight Isis

PM signals more muscular interventionist stance against Isis

Dubai and S Korea sign investments deal

Emirate expands commercial hub role as Asian state eyes Africa

New Iraq leader will fail without support

It seems political chiefs installed by the US never want to leave office, writes Ahmed Rashid

Kurdish forces encircle Mosul dam

Poorly maintained dam is viewed as an important target

UK report into Muslim Brotherhood delayed

Ministers and officials arguing over findings of investigation

End of ceasefire looms for Israel and Hamas

Parties trade taunts as fears grow of resumption of fighting

Isis continues to make gains in Syria

Assad and rival rebels face daunting task to rein in Islamists

China’s dilemma in the Middle East

In Iraq, one of the countries at risk of losing the most is standing aside

PKK ‘terrorists’ crucial to Iraq’s Isis fight

Shia cleric endorses Abadi as Iraq premier

Ayatollah Ali Sistani urges speedy creation of strong government

Anti-Semitic attacks rise in France

Prime minister calls latest incidents ‘intolerable’

Fears grow over Jerusalem unrest

Palestinian resentment boils over in protests

Maliki steps down as Iraqi PM

Concession in favour of ‘brother’ Abadi welcomed by US

Iran business backs Rouhani reforms

President a popular figure despite nuclear uncertainty