Israeli security forces stand next to the remains of a rocket  fired from the Gaza Strip towards Israel on Friday. Photograph: Reuters

Israeli aircraft bombed a Hamas base in the Gaza Strip on Friday for the first time since the end of a war in the territory, in response to a rocket t(...)

Former model Mandy Rice-Davies has died after an illness at the age of 70. Rice-Davies was one of the main figures in the 1960s Profumo affair. Models and showgirls Mandy Rice-Davies, (centre, right), and Christine Keeler, (behind), surrounded by press photographers as they leave the Old Bailey during the trial of Dr Stephen Ward, a major figure in the Profumo Affair. Photograph: Evening Standard/Getty Images

Mandy Rice- Davies — one of the women at the centre of the Profumo affair which rocked Harold Macmillan’s Tory government in the 1960s and contributed(...)

Against the backdrop of Edward Snowden’s revelations of the UK’s GCHQ mass data-harvesting from cables linking Ireland to Britain and North America, t(...)

Israeli soldiers prepare to remove an armed Jewish settler as he tries to stop Palestinian farmers (unseen) from ploughing their fields near the West Bank village of Jaloud, near Nablus. Photograph: EPA/Alaa Badarneh

The European Parliament voted to recognise the statehood of Palestine “in principle” yesterday, despite the reservations of a large bloc of European (...)

The European Parliament agreed to recognise Palestinian statehood ‘in principle’, in a compromise that did not back immediate recognition of a Palestinian state. Photograph: Patrick Seeger/EPA

The European Parliament adopted a resolution supporting Palestinian statehood in principle, in a compromise motion that did not follow some European n(...)

Italy’s Prime Minister Matteo Renzi with Benjamin Netanyahu in Rome on Monday, where the Israeli president is due to meet with US secretary of state John Kerry. Photograph: Yara Nardi/Reuters.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said before talks on Monday with US secretary of state John Kerry he would defy any UN move to “dictate” (...)

Mosab Hassan Yousef: “I have lived under Islam and in the free world. And you come to realise that many people are looking at the wall watching a bunch of shadows”

I’m almost surprised to find Mosab Hassan Yousef sitting casually in a Mayfair bar. Yes, I knew he was coming. And yes, this is precisely where we (...)

Palestinian relatives mourn during the funeral of Palestinian Authority minister Ziad Abu Ein in the West Bank town of Ramallah yesterday.  Photograph: Atef Safadi/EPA

The Palestinian Authority has accused Israel of the murder of a minister who died in a scuffle with Israeli troops in the West Bank on Wednesday, but (...)

Yitzhak Herzog, leader of Israel’s Labour Party, and former Israeli justice minister Tzipi Livni have formed a joint election ticket that could pose a serious challenge to prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu. Photograph: Reuters

Israel’s election campaign has taken a dramatic turn with polls showing the new alliance of Labour and Tzipi Livni’s Hatnua party winning more seats t(...)

The Dáil agreed  to officially recognise
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 the state of Palestine and the right of the Palestinian people to self-determination. Photograph: Jim Hollander/EPA

A main signatory of the Israeli petition calling for the recognition of a Palestinian state said Europeans should consider admitting Palestine and Isr(...)