French president François Hollande during  a news conference at the Elysee Palace in Paris where he outlined plans for the rest of his five-year term. Photograph: Christian Hartmann/Reuters

French president admits ‘other countries’ paid ransom for French hostages

French prime minister Manuel Valls addresses  the National Assembly in Paris yesterday. Photograph: Ian Langsdon/PA

Vote of confidence fails to dispel sense of crisis in French politics

A Kurdish Peshmerga fighter launches mortar shells towards Zummar, controlled by Islamic State, near Mosul in Iraq yesterday. Reuters/Ahmed Jadallah

Military aid promised to Iraq at Paris conference for conflict with jihadists

History repeating: Arabs surrender near Tel Aviv during the 1948 War of Independence. Photograph: Reuters

Israel still claims it has no choice but to continue the policies of ethnic cleansing, dispossession and extermination that starte(...)

Haaretz newspaper columnist Gideon Levy: “In the West Bank, you see the real face of the Israel Defence Forces, the so-called most moral army in the world.” Photograph: Gil Cohen Magen/AFP/Getty Images

Gideon Levy was the most outspoken critic of Israel’s war in Gaza

According to  fishermen in Gaza, the extension was all media hype.

Gazans who thought their fishing zone would be extended have been sorely disappointed

Gaza City’s harbour. Yasser Arafat included a deep-water commercial seaport for the fledgling Palestinian state in the 1993 Oslo accords. Photograph:  Roberto Schmidt/AFP/Getty Images

Agreed in the 1993 Oslo accords, Gaza’s deep-water seaport remains unrealised

Mohamed, Mussab and Omar Wahdan were among 30 people wounded when the house they were sheltering in was hit by Israeli rockets. Photograph: Lara Marlowe

Decomposing bodies remain unburied in rubble of destroyed building

Palestinians perform Friday prayers yesterday in the remains of a Gaza City mosque that witnesses said was hit by an Israeli air strike during the seven-week Israeli offensive. Photograph: Reuters/Ahmed Zakot

Doctors describe injuries inconsistent with previously used ammunition

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