Palestinian prime minister Rami Hamdallah is appointed by Palestinian Authority president Mahmoud Abbas yesterday. Photograph: Reuters/Thaer Ghanaim/ Palestinian President Office

The two main Palestinian factions, Fatah and the Islamist movement Hamas, appear on the verge of forming a historic unity government as president Mahm(...)

Palestinian university art students work on a mural depicting late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat in the West Bank city of Nablus. Photograph: Abed Omar Qusini/Reuters

Yasser Arafat’s widow said today the Palestinian leadership must seek justice for her husband after Swiss scientists found evidence suggesting he was(...)

A protester waves a Palestinian flag in front of the Jewish settlement of Ofra during clashes near the West Bank village of Deir Jarir near Ramallah. Israeli soldiers fired tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse about 500 Palestinian villagers marching toward a Jewish settlement outpost in the occupied West Bank yesterday. Photograph: Mohamed Torokman/Reuters

A Catholic monastery and convent in a secluded valley outside Bethlehem has lost a seven-year legal battle against the building of Israel’s se(...)