Fatah’s Azzam al-Ahmad (right), head of the Fatah delegation, and Fatah colleague Rawhi Fattouh (second right),  after signing a Fatah-Hamas reconciliation deal in Cairo today after the two rival Palestinian movements ended their decade-long split following negotiations overseen by Egypt. Photograph: Khaled Desouki/AFP/Getty Images

The Egyptian-brokered Fatah-Hamas accord, portrayed as a breakthrough after a decade of bitter division, is partial rather than comprehensive – with t(...)

Hamas’s overall leader Ismail Haniya waves as he arrives for a meeting with Palestinian officials in Gaza City. Photograph: Said Khatib/AFP/Getty Images

Fatah and Hamas delegations are set to meet in Cairo next week to discuss the implementation of a deal to end the rift between the rival Palestinian m(...)

The letter points to the political and financial support which successive Irish governments have given the Palestinian people. Photograph: Yannis Behrakis/Reuters

Almost 90 leading artists, academics and former ambassadors have signed a letter to Taoiseach Enda Kenny urging the Government to formally recognise t(...)

An Israeli soldier stands guard next to the Iron Dome anti-missile system deployed next to the southern town of Sderot on Monday. Photograph: Atef Safadi/EPA

Israel has made clear that it is not seeking an escalation in Gaza even though it carried out more than 50 air strikes on Sunday night in what may be (...)

A Palestinian protester uses a sling to hurl stones at Israeli troops: At least two Palestinians were killed and almost 100 wounded in clashes with Israeli troops along the Gaza border fence as Palestinians marked a “Day of Rage”. Photograph:  Ibraheem Abu Mustafa/Reuters

At least two Palestinians were killed and almost 100 wounded in clashes with Israeli troops along the Gaza border fence as Palestinians marked a “Da(...)

A wounded Palestinian protester is carried by fellows after he was shot by Israeli troops. Photograph: Mussa Qawasma/Reuters

Israeli security forces on Saturday shot dead two Palestinians aged 12 and 15 in protests along Gaza's border fence, Palestinian medics said, and Isra(...)

Israeli security forces stand behind burning tires during clashes with Palestinians in Beit El, near the West Bank city of Ramallah on Friday. In the Israeli city of Dimona, a Jewish attacker stabbed two Palestinians and two Arab Israelis. Photograph: Abbas Momani/AFP/Getty Images

Hamas’s leader in Gaza has declared the current unrest in Jerusalem and the West Bank an intifada, as six Palestinians were shot dead protesting at (...)

Palestinians inspect a car after it was blown up in Gaza City. Photograph: Suhaib Salem/Reuters

At least four explosions have rocked Gaza City, targeting cars belonging to officials from Islamic factions including the territory’s Hamas rulers. Sp(...)

Hamas militants grab Palestinians suspected of collaborating with Israel, before executing them in Gaza City on August 22nd, 2014. Amnesty International condemned the extra-judicial killings in a report issued on Wednesday,. Photograph: Reuters

The militant group Hamas used last summer’s war with Israel in the Gaza Strip to carry out extrajudicial killings of at least 23 Palestinians accused (...)

Apopo deminer Victor Boquico gives a banana treat to ‘Mocadas 53’, who has just found TNT in the soil at the landmine clearance site at Dombe in Manica province, Mozambique. Photograph: Mary Boland

Mourinho is late for work. A torrential downpour, typical at this time of year in western Mozambique’s mountainous Manica province, has set him back a(...)