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The White House has refused to enforce a 2002 law giving effect to the parents’ wishes so as to maintain the US government’s neutral position on Jerusalem as Israel’s capital because it interferes with the president’s authority to maintain foreign policy. Photograph: Spencer Platt/Getty Images

The inability of Americans born in Northern Ireland to claim “Ireland” as their birthplace on passports was raised during a US Supreme Court case invo(...)

Three Israeli seminary students (L-R) Naftali Fraenkel (16), Gil-Ad Shaer (16), and Eyal Yifrah (19) are seen in this combination picture of undated family handout photos. Israeli troops today  killed two Palestinians blamed for abducting and killing the three Israeli youths in the occupied West Bank in June. Photograph: Handout via Reuters.

Israeli troops today shot dead two Palestinians blamed for killing three Israeli youths in the occupied West Bank in June, the military said, an incid(...)

Palestinian relatives and friends of the Kawarea family carry one of seven bodies during their funeral at the Khan Yunis refugee camp in the southern Gaza Strip today. The father, an alleged member of militant Fatah movement and his six young sons were killed in an Israeli air strike that targeted their house. Photograph: EPA/MOHAMMED SABER

Israeli air strikes shook Gaza every few minutes today, and militants kept up rocket fire at Israel’s heartland in intensifying warfare that Palestini(...)

An Israeli border police aims his weapon at Palestinian stone throwers during clashes in the West Bank city of Ramallah this morning. Israeli troops killed a Palestinian in the occupied West Bank today, Palestinian medics said. Photograph: Mohamad Torokman/Reuters

Israeli troops killed two Palestinians, Palestinian medics and a militant group said, as Israel pressed on with its crackdown on Hamas, the Islamist (...)

Israeli soldiers take part in an operation to locate three Israeli teens near the West Bank City of Hebron today. Photograph: Reuters

Israeli forces searching for three teenagers believed to have been kidnapped swept into a second West Bank city today, touching off street confrontat(...)

Israeli defence minister Moshe Ya’alon

Ahead of today’s crucial White House talks between US president Barack Obama and Palesti(...)

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(...)

Former Palestinian president Yasser Arafat (c) enters a helicopter as he leaves his compound in the West Bank city of Ramallah, in October, 2004. Photograph: Ammar Awad/Files/Reuters.

French scientists investigating Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat’s death have ruled out poisoning by radioactive polonium, his widow said today.The re(...)

An Israeli policeman surveys the scene of a stabbing incident on a bus in the northern Israeli town of Afula. Photograph:  Avishag Shar-Yashuv/Reuters.

A Palestinian teenager has stabbed an Israeli soldier to death at a bus station in Israel in a rare nationalistic attack far from the usual West Bank (...)

Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu attends a special Knesset (Israeli parliament) session yesterday. Photograph: Uriel Sinai/Getty Images.

Israel’s prime minister has abruptly halted a plan to explore the potential construction of thousands of new homes in West Bank settlements.Benjamin N(...)

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