It's a day of celebration for Israelis but for Palestinians it's the Nakba, the catastrophe. The foundation of Israel on 14 May 1948 meant hundreds of thousands of them fled or were expelled from their homes.
Many long-established Arab rulers were toppled during the Arab Spring in 2011. But not all of them: the Sultan of Oman has been head of the Gulf state for forty years – and is as popular as ever. By Anne Allmeling