Tunisia set for presidential race run-off

Beji Caid Sebsi likely to beat Moncef Marzouki on December 28

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

Islamist regime declares ‘war’ on rivals

Attack on Libyan capital’s functioning airport triggers escalation

Iran talks extended for seven months

World powers and Islamic republic fail to reach agreement

Tourists return to Egypt

Visitor arrival numbers rise despite continued political tensions

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

Nuclear talks deadlocked as deadline looms

Discussions shift to international observation and inspection

Tunisia votes in first free presidential poll

Sebsi is frontrunner in poll capping turbulent democratic transition

US and Turkey still divided on Syria path

‘Safe zones’ for rebels could be established near border

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