Pope Francis touches the wall that divides Israel from the West Bank, on his way to celebrate a mass in Manger Square next to the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem yesterday. Photograph: Reuters/Mheisen Amareen

On the second day of his visit to Israel and Palestine, Pope Francis brought the full weight of his moral authority to bear on the Israeli-Pal(...)

 Shimon Peres: the 80-year-old Israeli head of state said languages opened doors to opportunity and progress  during a session at the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum  in Davos yesterday. Photograph: Reuters

Teaching young people English is the best way to end world poverty, Israeli president Shimon Peres has told World Economic Forum in Davos.In a though(...)

From left: Israeli president Shimon Peres, US secretary of state John Kerry and president Mahmoud Abbas of the Palestinian Authority during the World Economic Forum at the Dead Sea in Jordan. Photograph: Jim Young/New York Times.

In an effort to revive the moribund peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians, US secretary of state John Kerry announced a plan to inve(...)