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US secretary of state John Kerry: some Palestinian officials claimed the meeting participants were leaning towards accepting Mr Kerry’s formula for restarting peace talks with Israel. Photograph: Mandel Ngan/Pool via The New York Times

Palestinian leaders have delayed a decision about restarting peace talks with Israel, and will reconvene today in Ramallah.Conflicting reports emerge(...)

Israeli soldiers sit atop a tank as they patrol near the Quneitra border crossing between Israel and Syria, on the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights. Photograph Reuter/Baz Ratner

The decision to deploy an Irish Defence Forces mechanised infantry company to the Golan Heights as part of the United Nations Disengagement Observer F(...)

US secretary of state John Kerry with Jordan’s foreign minister Nasser Judeh in Amman yesterday. Mr Kerry sounded optimistic that a breakthrough in the stalled peace process was close. Photograph:  Muhammad Hamed/Reuters

Israel is pushing ahead with West Bank settlement construction plans despite the fact US secretary of state John Kerry is in the region in an effort t(...)

Students who are studying in Syria walk towards the Quneitra border crossing between Israel and Syria. Photograph: Baz Ratner/Reuters

Dublin’s decision to deploy a 114-strong mechanised infantry unit to the Golan buffer zone will boost at a crucial time the UN Disengagement Observer (...)

Samantha Power, the nominee to be the US representative to the United Nations, testifies before the Senate foreign relations committee  in Washington, DC yesterday. Power has received broad bipartisan support for her nomination. Photograph: Win McNamee/Getty Images

Dublin-born Samantha Power, President Obama’s nominee to be the next US ambassador to the United Nations, criticised the world body’s inaction over Sy(...)

Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu. Photograph: Abir Sultan/Reuters

Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu has reacted angrily to a new European Union decree which conditions all future co-operation agreements with (...)

An Israeli soldier sleeps as ultra-Orthodox Jewish youths pray on Tisha B’Av at the Western Wall in Jerusalem. Photograph: Baz Ratner/Reuters

A senior Israeli official has condemned the European Union’s new directive banning EU dealings with settlements as “worrying” and counterproductive(...)

Supporters of deposed Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi run from tear gas fired by riot police during clashes on the Sixth of October Bridge over the Ramsis square area in central Cairo. Photograph: Amr Abdallah Dalsh/Reuters

A spokesman for Egypt’s interim president said today authorities expected Islamist movements to join in national reconciliation, including the Muslim (...)

Pro-Islamic Turks take part in a demonstration supporting deposed Egyptian president Mohamed Mursi in Istanbul. Photograph: Umit Bektas/Reuters

The first senior US official to visit Egypt since the army toppled the country’s elected president will hold high-level talks in Cairo today, where th(...)

Isreal Ilunga of Westmeath in action against Kildare in the Leinster final yesterday. Photograph: Inpho

Westmeath’s first appearance in a Leinster minor final in 13 years is unlikely to live long in the memory of the county’s supporters. The team were so(...)

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