Palestinian medics tend to a man whom they said was wounded in an Israeli air strike, at a hospital in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip on March 13th, 2014. Photograph: Ibraheem Abu Mustafa/Reuters

A fragile ceasefire came into effect on Thursday after the most serious flare-up in violence along the Gaza border since the second Gaza war in 201(...)

This land is our land: Dr Paisley at an Independent Orange Order demonstration at Ballycastle, Co Antrim in 1985. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Ariel Sharon and Ian Paisley shared more than bulkiness and belligerence. Each based his ideology on books of the Bible – the fundamental reason ne(...)

Members of the Knesset guard carry the flag draped coffin of former Israeli prime minister Ariel Sharon before a memorial ceremony today. Photograph: Ronen Zvulun/Reuters

Israel buried former prime minister Ariel Sharon at his family farm today, celebrating the military achievements of a man seen as a war hero at home b(...)

Israelis pay their respects as they walk past the flag-draped coffin of former Israeli prime minister Ariel Sharon lying in state at the Knesset, Israel’s parliament, in Jerusalem yesterday. Photograph: Reuters/Ronen Zvulun

Former Israeli prime minister Ariel Sharon, who had been in a coma since 2006, died in a Tel Aviv hospital on Saturday after suffering from a malfunct(...)

Members of the Knesset guard stand around the flag-draped coffin of former Israeli prime minister Ariel Sharon as he lies in state at the Knesset, Israel’s parliament, in Jerusalem yesterday. Photograph: Ronen Zvulun/Reuters

It may be a measure of the dimming of hopes for a resolution of the conflict between Israelis and Palestinians that Ariel Sharon’s death has evoked in(...)

Israeli prime minister Ariel Sharon speaks to the media during a news conference in Tel Aviv in 2005. File Photograph: Gil Cohen Magen/Reuters

A maverick in war and politics, Israel’s Ariel Sharon reshaped the Middle East in a career marked by adventurism and disgrace, dramatic reversals and (...)

Ariel Sharon: died today  after eight years in a coma. Photograph: Reuters

Thousands of Israelis bade farewell today to former prime minister Ariel Sharon, the controversial politician and former military leader whose action(...)

US secretary of state John Kerry and Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas talk before a meeting in the West Bank city of Ramallah yesterday. Several hundred Palestinians marched in Ramallah ahead of the meeting chanting “Kerry, you coward, there’s no place for you in Palestine”. Photograph: Brendan Smialowski/Reuters

A senior Palestinian official has indicated Ramallah will reject the framework agreement being drawn up by US secretary of state John Kerry in an effo(...)

Ariel Sharon in 2006: he was one of Israel’s most controversial figures. Photograph: Eliana Aponte-Pool/Getty Images

Former Israeli prime minister Ariel Sharon, who has been in a coma since 2006, is suffering from vital organ failure and is fighting for his life.Clos(...)

 File photograph of then-Israeli prime minister Ariel Sharon attending a meeting of his Likud party  in Jerusalem  in  2004. Photograph: Jim Hollander/EPA

Former Israeli prime minister Ariel Sharon, comatose since a 2006 stroke, is in a critical, life-threatening condition from which he is unlikely to ra(...)