Bethlehem(ZA)

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Palestinian Muslim worshippers attend the second Friday prayers of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan at Jerusalem’s al-Aqsa mosque compound on June 9th, 2017. Photograph:  Ahmad Gharabli/aFP/Getty Images

Nablus Road is closed off with sections of blue metal fencing in preparation for the arrival of West Bank Ramadan pilgrims. The bus station is empty(...)

A shop vendor sells vegetables at a market in the old city of the West bank town of Hebron. The IMF reports the Palestinian economy has grown by 3 per cent annually over the last few years. Photograph: Abed al-Hashlamoun

Packs of pilgrims assembled on the plaza outside the fortress walls of the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem are being harangued with holy history b(...)

Israeli Jewish settlers Noam and Tehilla Cohen in the West Bank Jewish settlement of Neve Erez: “I didn’t come here because of ideology but it suits my ideology,” says Noam. Photograph: Heidi Levine

A few months after the end of the Six-Day War, the Israeli government of Levi Eshkol gave permission to a group of citizens to re-establish the commun(...)

US president Donald Trump speaks about the terrorist  attack in Manchester. Photograph:  Reuters

US president Donald Trump has condemned those responsible for the Manchester terrorist atrocity as “evil losers”. Mr Trump pledged America’s “absolu(...)

A statue of a chimpanzee bell-boy stands at the entrance of the Walled Off hotel, which was opened by street artist Banksy, in the West Bank city of Bethlehem. Photograph:  Ammar Awad/Reuters

The Walled Off hotel may sound utilitarian, even bleak. Its owner says it has “the worst view of any hotel in the world”, while its 10 rooms get just (...)

The Christmas decorations in our village here in Tasmania are barely visible under the glare of the Australian sun. And the synthetic white Christmas (...)

Illustration: Inna Bodrova/Getty Images

We are in the midst of the Christmas holiday season, a time when the magic of the unknown brings festivities to life for many children. It is a simila(...)

Babette’s Feast: a film about the  generosity and redemptive power of a young  woman in a 19th century rural community who   serves a sumptuous feast to the quarrelsome, religiously narrow-minded villagers

When Pope Francis recently arranged for a number of Rome’s homeless people to be given the best seats at his weekly Mass it was no doubt to remind us (...)

‘Through our experiences in Ireland, we know the frustration caused by a seemingly endless cycle of conflict and the ever-present temptation to despair. We want to bring you hope,’ Catholic primate Archbishop Eamon Martin said. File photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Catholic primate Archbishop Eamon Martin has spoken of attempts to discourage him and 177 other Irish people from visiting Bethlehem on their current(...)

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