Turkey seeks an escape from isolation

There is a welcome hint of pragmatism in efforts to mend fences

Bahrain crackdown fans the sectarian flames

Appeasement is no answer to the brutal suppression of civil liberties

Egyptian court halts transfer of islands

Rare victory for activists challenging president’s decisions

Bahrain revokes Shia cleric’s citizenship

Sheikh Isa Qassim accused of encouraging sectarianism and violence

Former defence chiefs hit at Netanyahu

Verbal attacks on Israeli PM mark shift in political landscape

Iran’s aspirant youth a challenge to regime

Police action reveals struggle to deal with modernising forces

Ya’alon says he will challenge Netanyahu

Israel’s ex-defence minister quit last month after clash with PM

Saudi prince promotes his reform plan in US

First solo official visit used to lure investment to Gulf state

America infuriates both Sunni and Shia

Saudi Arabia and Iran are convinced the US has tilted against them in the wake of nuclear deal

Bahraini court suspends opposition group

Bahraini opposition suspension sparks concerns of crackdown

Europe opens up to its neighbourhood

Brussels is framing a collective response to the migration crisis

Saudis consider income tax for expats

Cash-strapped kingdom seeks to raise non-oil revenues to fund $72bn plan to diversify economy

Military might alone will not defeat Isis

Regardless of battlefield success, the politics are unpromising

Netanyahu under fire over $40,000 gift

Arnaud Mimran, who is on trial for fraud in France, made the gift in 2001

Syrian advance raises fear of race for Raqqa

Isis ‘capital’ threatened by Assad regime and US-backed militias

UN under pressure to start Syria aid airdrops

Alternative to blocked convoys to besieged areas faces problems

Germany helps refugees bridge language gap

Budget for courses has doubled but demand still outstrips supply

US-backed Syrian force targets Isis area

Move will test Washington’s relationship with Ankara

Iran boycotts Hajj in row with Saudis

Annual pilgrimage falls victim to regional rivalries

The party and the mosque in Tunisia

Nahda has shown the way to compromise by scrapping Islamism