“I felt beyond privileged to be experiencing something I didn’t even know existed.” Elena Narinskaya in Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Being able to speak Russian only was never enough for Elena Narinskaya. Even after learning English at school, the Russian academic felt a desire to (...)

 Vera Baboun, Mayor of Bethlehem: “As long as Bethlehem . . . the city of peace is walled, peace is walled. How can the world live in peace as long as the origin of peace is walled?” Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Vera Baboun is the first woman mayor of Bethlehem. She is also Catholic. It is the case in the Palestinian Territories that those cities deemed Christ(...)

Former Israeli prime minister Ehud Olmert enters Maasiyahu prison near Ramle, south of Tel Aviv, on Monday. He is the first former head of government in Israel to go to prison. Photograph: Nir Elias/Reuters

Former Israeli prime minister Ehud Olmert released a video statement insisting on his innocence on Monday, before arriving at prison in a motorcade t(...)

Police stand near the body of a Palestinian man who was shot dead after he opened fire on Israeli security forces just outside Jerusalem’s Old City on Sunday. Photograph: Ammar Awad/Reuters

Israeli police officers fatally shot two Palestinians who opened fire on them outside Jerusalem’s walled Old City on Sunday on a day when officials sa(...)

Sirhan Sirhan reacts during a parole hearing on Wednesday  in San Diego: he was denied parole  after   telling a board  he could not remember shooting Robert F Kennedy  and was therefore unable to confess. Photograph: Gregory Bull/AP Photo

The convicted killer of senator Robert F Kennedy has been denied parole for the 15th time after telling a board that he could not remember shooting Jo(...)

Reinhold Hanning, a 94-year-old former guard at Auschwitz arrives to the courtroom for his trial in Detmold, Germany. Mr Hanning began serving as a guard at Auschwitz when he was 22 years old. Photograph: Bernd Thissen/Reuters

A former Nazi SS guard is due to go on trial in Germany over the murder of at least 170,000 people in Auschwitz. Reinhold Hanning (94) was 20- years-(...)

The mother (centre), friends and relatives of Omar Maddi, at  al-Mizan hospital in the West Bank city of Hebron. Photograph: Hazem Bader/AFP/Getty Images

Israeli troops shot and killed a Palestinian boy who the army said had been throwing stones at Israeli vehicles on a road in the West Bank on Wednesda(...)

Israeli-Arab members of the Knesset Hanin Zoabi, Jamal Zahalka and Basel Ghattas: The three have been temporarily suspended from the Israeli parliament  over a meeting they held last week with the families of Palestinians killed while attacking Israelis. Photograph: Atef Safadi/EPA

The ethics committee of Israel’s Knesset has temporarily suspended three Israeli-Arab politicians from parliament after determining that a meeting th(...)

Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu: said the three Arab Knesset members were not fit to serve as lawmakers. Photograph: Amir Cohen/Reuters

Prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu wants to ban three Arab legislators from Israel’s Knesset parliament after they met this week with relatives of Pale(...)

Israeli border policemen stand guard as Palestinian on-passers look on following an attack at Damascus Gate. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Three Palestinians armed with guns, knives and explosives killed an Israeli border policewoman and seriously wounded another before being shot dead by(...)