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Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu: rejected an offer from Benny  Gantz to publicly pledge he would not seek parliamentary immunity from prosecution. Photograph: Ronen Zvulun

The Likud and Blue and White parties have agreed to hold Israel’s next general election on March 2nd should the Knesset parliament fail to agree by a (...)

 Minister for Foreign Affairs  Simon Coveney  after meeting Palestinian officials on December 3th, 2019, at the Palestinian Authority headquarters in the West Bank city of Ramallah. Photograph:  Abbas Momani/AFP via Getty Images

EU foreign ministers have endorsed a Dutch initiative to prepare legislation giving the union the ability to punish human rights abusers around the wo(...)

Joshua Kaleb Watson and Airman Mohammed Sameh Haitham were two of three people killed at US navy base in Florida. Photograph: Handout/US navy/AFP via Getty Images

The FBI is working under the presumption that a fatal shooting at a Florida naval base carried out by an aviation student from Saudi Arabia was an act(...)

Students and professors of the University of Palestine carry placards at  a demonstration against the US policy shift on Israeli settlements. Photograph:  Said Khatib/AFP

EU foreign ministers will be asked on Monday to consider formal recognition of the state of Palestine. Meeting in Brussels the foreign ministers are(...)

Christmas cheer:  Micheál Martin, Finian McGrath, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, Mary Lou McDonald, Róisín Shortall and Shane Ross at the Oireachtas Christmas tree lights switching-on ceremony at Leinster House.  Photograph: Alan Betson

The numbers alternated slightly on the board that hangs in Seán Kyne’s office, but the Government Chief Whip’s calculations always pointed to a Govern(...)

Scores of Jewish graves were found desecrated in a cemetery in eastern France, police said, hours before lawmakers adopted a resolution equating anti-Zionism with anti-Semitism. Photograph: Patrick Hertzog/AFP via Getty Images

Scores of Jewish graves were found desecrated in a cemetery in eastern France, police said, hours before lawmakers adopted a resolution equating anti-(...)

Minister for Housing: The Dáil vote on the motion of no confidence in him is expected at around 10pm. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy seems set to survive a Dáil motion of no confidence on Tuesday evening, although a number of Independent TDs whose (...)

Israeli visitors enter an old market building in the flashpoint city of Hebron: construction will add “insult to injury”.  Photograph: Hazem Bader

Palestinians have reacted angrily to Israel’s decision to build a new neighbourhood in Hebron, a move that could double the number of settlers in the (...)

Tánaiste Simon Coveney is set to visit Israel and Palestine. Photograph: John Thys/AFP via Getty Images

Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney is to visit Palestine and Israel today, his fourth such visit in his current role. Mr Coveney(...)

 Two Lebanese women walk along the Beirut Corniche late in the afternoon in September, 2010. Photograph: iStock

Arriving in Beirut, it is immediately clear why the city was such a magnet for the jet-setting elite for much of the 20th century, until civil war eru(...)

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