A Palestinian youth practices his parkour jumping skills in Gaza City in houses destroyed during the 50-day war last summer. Photograph: Reuters/Mohammed Salem

A new World Bank report has warned that the Gaza Strip’s economy is on the “verge of collapse”, saying the unemployment rate there is now the highest (...)

Palestinian workers disembark from an Israeli bus at the Eyal crossing near the West Bank town of Qalqilya on Wednesday. Photograph: AFP Photo/Menahem Kahana

Israel has shelved a plan for separate buses for Jewish settlers and Palestinians in the West Bank following criticism that compared the scheme to a(...)

Labourers disembark a Palestinians-only bus before crossing to the West Bank through Israel’s Eyal checkpoint. Israel’s prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu has cancelled  a plan to segregate Palestinians from Israelis on West Bank buses. Photograph: Baz Ratner/Reuters

Israel’s prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu has called off a proposed plan to segregate Palestinians from Israelis on West Bank buses, overruling his o(...)

Pope Francis greets  Mahmoud Abbas during a canonisation ceremony in St Peter’s Square, Vatican City, yesterday. Photograph: Angelo Carconi/EPA

In a ceremony rich in both political and religious symbolism, Pope Francis yesterday canonised two 19th-century Palestinian nuns. The elevation to s(...)

Pope Francis had a busy week at the  Vatican, from meeting Cuban president Raúl Castro to grappling with the Israeli-Palestinian question. Photograph: AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino

As he came out of the Paul VIth hall and made his way back to his quarters in the Domus Santa Marta, Pope Francis appeared to be engaged in serious co(...)

Pope Francis exchanges gifts with Palestinian authority President Mahmoud Abbas during a private audience at the Vatican. Photograph: Alberto Pizzoli/EPA

Pope Francis this morning called Palestinian leader, Mahmoud Abbas, an “angel of peace”. The Pope made his remarks at the end of a 20 minute long meet(...)

Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu: government has a majority of only one in the 120-member Knesset. Photograph: Gali Tibbongali/AFP/Getty Images

Israel’s new government was sworn in last night but only after a two-hour delay in the Knesset vote as prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu scrambled t(...)

Syrian refugee children at the souk in Al- Azraq camp for Syrian refugees in Jordan.  Photograph: Jordan Pix/Getty Images

Before the conflict in Syria emptied hundreds of thousands of refugees into Jordan, the kingdom’s government had made projections of population growth(...)

Israeli prime minister Binymin Netanyahu and religious nationalist Jewish Home party leader Naftali Bennett announce their new coalition. Photograph: GALI TIBBON/AFP/Getty Images

The Palestinian leadership has predicted that Israel’s new right-wing religious coalition will be belligerent and will work against peace.Former chie(...)

Israel’s prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu addresses the plenum at Israel’s parliament in Jerusalem. Photograph: Ronen Zvulun/Reuters

Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu is struggling to form a stable coalition before Wednesday’s deadline after the surprise decision of a former(...)