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Iranian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Marzieh Afkham said America has ignored problems in its own county

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Israeli firm’s oil spill shifts from Evrona Nature Reserve to threaten coral reefs in the Gulf of Aqaba

Heavy rain which could lead to flash floods to convey the pollution to the Gulf of Aqaba

British 'Vicar of Baghdad' claims Isis beheaded four children for refusing to convert to Islam

Canon Andrew White claims Isis have been ‘chopping children in half’ in their campaign against Christianity

Pierre Korkie, left and Luke Somers were both killed during a failed attempt to rescue them in southern Yemen

Pierre Korkie and Luke Somers killings analysis: More failures than successes in hostage rescue attempts

Pierre Korkie was about to be released. His wife was preparing to fly out to greet him. But the bungled rescue bid, by soldiers who did not even know he was being held, cost him his life – and that of Luke Somers

Several opinion polls have shown that an overwhelming majority of Israelis do not want Mr Netanyahu to be PM after the election

Israel elections: Vultures circle as Benjamin Netanyahu prepares to fight for his political life

Israel’s parliament, the Knesset, is expected to vote tomorrow to dissolve itself, paving the way for new elections in March. And the next three months promise to be a struggle by the Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, for his political survival.

Iraqis at the Khazair camp for those caught up in the fighting around Mosul chase a Red Crescent truck delivering supplies

The most dangerous truck route in the world? A Mad Max-style endurance race from the Jordan border through the heart of Isis territory

‘It’s dangerous ... but where there is fear, there is money to be made,’ say truck drivers transporting food and antibiotics to Iraqi civilians living under siege

Can Lebanon's vineyards – a symbol of the country's cosmopolitan, diverse culture – survive the spillover from Syria's civil war?

'The day that we are not allowed to make wine in Batrounis the day Lebanon is finished as a country'

File image of an Israeli jet: Syria has accused Israel of carrying out air strikes near the capital Damascus

Israel accused of launching air strikes near Damascus in act of 'aggression against Syria'

Defence officials decline to comment as explosions ring out near Assad’s capital

Jason Rezaian smiles as he attends a presidential campaign of President Hassan Rouhani on 11 April 2013 in Tehran, Iran

Jason Rezaian Iran arrest condemned by John Kerry as Washington Post reporter charged with unspecified crimes

Fully accredited journalist 'poses no threat to the Iranian government or to Iran’s national security'

Bahrainis on an anti-government protest in May

Building a British naval base in Bahrain is a 'symbolic choice' – for no clear reason

World View: The authoritarian kingdom where doctors are tortured is a strange place for this £15m investment

British military base in Bahrain is a 'reward' for UK's silence on human rights, say campaigners

The £15m base will be able to host destroyers and the Royal Navy's powerful new Queen Elizabeth aircraft carriers

A person wearing a t-shirt calling for Pierre Korkie's release

Pierre Korkie: South African hostage killed during Luke Somers rescue mission was 'due to be freed'

Pierre Korkie was killed by al-Qaeda militants in Yemen during the operation

Luke Somers, a 33-year-old British born US journalist, abducted by Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula

Luke Somers killed: Barack Obama condemns the 'barbaric murder' of British-born photojournalist by al-Qaeda

A second hostage, Pierre Korkie from South Africa, also died during the raid

Employees of the Trans-Israel Pipeline clean up the large deposits of crude oil that gushed out of a breached pipeline near the southern Israeli village of Beer Ora, north of Eilat, Friday,

Israel oil spill: Damage to nature reserve 'could take years' to fix

Millions of litres spilled into the Evrona reserve

Mohammed Nahin Ahmed and Yusuf Zubair Sarwar admitted spending eight months with an al-Qaeda-linked group

British jihadists who travelled to Syria jailed for 13 years

Judge: Mohammed Ahmed and Yusuf Sarwar, both 22, are “deeply committed to violent extremism”

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Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

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