Palestinians ride a donkey cart yesterday past the ruins of houses that witnesses said were destroyed during the Israeli offensive in Johr El-Deek village near the central Gaza Strip. Photograph: Reuters/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa

Talks between Palestinian and Israeli negotiators got off to a rocky start yesterday with sharp exchanges between Israel and Hamas as both sides striv(...)

A Palestinian woman cries next to rubble of a destroyed house in Al-Zanna neighbourhood in the south of Khanyounis town, southern Gaza. EPA/Mohammed Saber

Proximity talks involving Israeli and Palestinian delegations, mediated by Egypt, are expected to get under way today or tomorrow in Cairo, aimed at (...)

A Palestinian child who was injured in the Gazan conflict is prepared to be moved by ambulance from a hospital in north Sinai to Cairo after crossing the Gaza-Egypt border. About 100 wounded Palestinians have been allowed enter Egypt from Gaza for hospital treatment. Photograph: Muhamed Sabry/AP

Israel’s onslaught on Gaza finds Egypt between a rock and a hard place. The foreign ministry has condemned Israel’s “excessive” and “unjustified” use (...)

Pope Francis delivers his Sunday Angelus prayer from the window of the Apostolic Palace in Saint Peter’s Square at the Vatican today. Photograph: Alessandro Bianchi/Reuters

Recalling that tomorrow marks the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the first World War, Pope Francis has issued another impassioned appeal for pe(...)

A relative of Palestinian man Mohammed al-Araj, whom medics said was killed by Israeli troops, mourns during his funeral at Qalandia refugee camp near the West Bank city of Ramallah yesterday. Photograph: Reuters/Mohamad Torokman

Palestinian factions in the West Bank declared a “day of rage” yesterday after three demonstrators were killed in some of the worst clashes between Pa(...)

A Palestinian child wounded in an Israeli strike on a compound housing a UN school in Beit Hanoun, in the Gaza Strip, cries in Kamal Adwan hospital in Beit Lahiya yesterday. Photograph: Lefteris Pitarakis/AP

In his window-frame workshop off a narrow alleyway in Al-Amari, one of Ramallah’s sprawling refugee camps, Assad Shahran is bent over a work table, di(...)

US Secretary of State John Kerry meets Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in  Ramallah. Israeli forces pounded Gaza on Wednesday, meeting stiff resistance from Hamas Islamists and sending thousands of residents fleeing, as US Secretary of State John Kerry said on a visit to Israel ceasefire talks had made some progress. Photograph: Charles Dharapak/Reuters

As diplomatic shuttling intensified yesterday in an effort to secure a ceasefire to end the two-week conflict in Gaza, there was a public closing of r(...)

Israelis react after a rocket, fired by Palestinian militants in Gaza, landed in the southern city of Ashkelon. Photograph: Reuters/Amir Cohen

Just a few kilometres separate Ashkelon and Gaza city, but in many ways the two cities are worlds apart. The enclave to the south, where plumes of bla(...)

Palestinians mourners pray over the lifeless bodies of nine Palestinians killed in an early morning Israeli missile strike, at Bilal mosque during their funeral in the Khan Younis refugee camp in the southern Gaza Strip. Photograph: AP Photo/Khalil Hamra 1:48

As hundreds of mourners ascend the mounds of mud leading to another newly dug grave, a loud whooshing sound rises just beyond the cemetery. From be(...)

Arab League secretary general Nabil al-Arabi (left)  with Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas in Cairo on Wednesday.  Abbas is widely criticised by Palestinians for not condemning Israel’s offensive in Gaza. Photograph: Khaled Elfiqi/EPA

Egyptian foreign minister Sameh Shoukri yesterday denounced Israel’s ground offensive in Gaza and demanded that Palestinians and Israelis accept Cairo(...)