Gulf to reform domestic workers’ contracts

Employment terms to uphold 8-hour working days and guarantee day off

Islamist regime declares ‘war’ on rivals

Attack on Libyan capital’s functioning airport triggers escalation

Tunisia set for presidential race run-off

Beji Caid Sebsi likely to beat Moncef Marzouki on December 28

Tourists return to Egypt

Visitor arrival numbers rise despite continued political tensions

Israeli use of skunk water fuels anger

Palestinians decry collective punishment in East Jerusalem

Conflict threatens $15bn Jordan gas deal

Country recalls its ambassador from Israel

Octogenarian tipped to lead Tunisia

Sebsi seen as presidential favourite to stop Islamist Nahda party

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

Algeria deploys diplomacy to fight terror

Algiers re-engages with regional affairs as security threats grow

Turkey’s age-old grievances re-emerge

Ankara’s rhetoric has become more anti-western

Gulf states send envoys back to Qatar

Big step in resolving dispute with Saudi, UAE and Bahrain over Islamist support

US confirms Isis has killed US hostage

Kassig death is the fifth such murder of a westerner

Diabetes rates soar in Middle East

Overeating and low levels of exercise undermine control of disease

Cameron reveals crackdown on UK jihadis

PM plans exclusion orders and passport cancellation

Women in the Middle East battleground

We cannot rely on authoritarian male leaders to advance our rights

Egypt issues tender against oil revenues

To avert energy shortages, $2bn in funding guaranteed by sales of crude oil for five years

Isis declares its own currency

Leader releases audio message after death claims

Lampedusa still at apex of migrant flow

EU patrols face tough task trying to stem tide of boats from Africa

Suicide bombers strike Libya

Two explosions are the latest in escalating terrorist violence