In Brief: Hamas and Fatah teams meet in Cairo to agree elections deal

Representatives of Hamas and Fatah met in Cairo this week to begin talks aimed at securing an agreement which will allow Palestinians to vote in their first elections in 15 years. Mahmoud Abbas (pictured) last month signed a decree authorising elections to the Palestinian parliament and for the presidency this summer. Alongside representatives of 14[…]

In Brief: Iran threatens to push for nuclear weapon as Biden vows tough approach 

Iran’s intelligence minister has threatened that the Islamic republic will push for a nuclear weapon if international sanctions aren’t lifted soon. Mahmoud Alavi’s warning – reported by state television today – came as Joe Biden told Tehran the US wouldn’t ease sanctions until Iran complies with the terms of the 2015 nuclear deal. The intelligence[…]

In Brief: Netanyahu enters not guilty plea as corruption case resumes

Benjamin Netanyahu appeared in Jerusalem’s District Court to formally enter a plea of not guilty as his trial on corruption charges resumed this week. The prime minister is accused of bribery, fraud and breach of trust in three separate cases. He is the first serving Israeli prime minister to go on trial. Netanyahu, who was greeted[…]