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 A billboard of Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu in an election campaign poster in Russian, in Jerusalem, on Friday. Israelis go to the polls in a general election next Tuesday.  Photograph: Jim Hollander?EPA

Like any successful politician, Binyamin Netanyahu recognises the value of being underestimated. For him, it’s been a recurring theme. In the 1980s, (...)

Retired Israeli general Benny Gantz, one of the leaders of the Blue and White (Kahol Lavan) political alliance, campaigning  in the Israeli city of Rehovot. Photograph: Thomas Coex/AFP

Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu is fighting to retain his position in a general election that remains too close to call. The last polls per(...)

Mom is right when she says to eat your peas. In one of the largest surveys of data on global dietary habits and longevity, researchers found that con(...)

Zachary Baumel’s remains were recently discovered by Israel after he was declared missing in action in 1982. Photograph: Government press office/Handout/Reuters

Israel has recovered the body of a US-born Israeli soldier missing since a 1982 tank battle against Syrian forces, a case that had long vexed the nati(...)

The latest CSO statistics  showed the number of fathers aged in their 20s in Ireland fell to 17 per cent in 2017, from 23 per cent a decade earlier. Photograph: iStock

People are becoming parents at ever-increasing ages, a trend that can have implications for the health of the pregnancy, the babies and the women who (...)

 Palestinian protesters run for cover after Israeli troops open fire during the clashes near the border between Israel and Gaza Strip. Photograph: EPA/Mohammed Saber

Israel and Hamas have taken the first steps to restore calm after four Gaza residents, including three teenagers, were killed during weekend protests(...)

Ukrainian comic actor and presidential candidate Volodymyr Zelenskiy casts his ballot at a polling station  in Kiev. Photograph: Reuters

Ukrainians are casting ballots in a presidential election that follows a campaign marred by vicious political infighting and allegations of bribing of(...)

Palestinians sit near  the Israeli-Gaza border fence, ahead of the first anniversary of border protests. Photograph:  Reuters/ Mohammed Salem

The Israeli army is on high alert along the Gaza border as Palestinians plan large demonstrations on Saturday to mark the one-year anniversary of the (...)

Although half of Islamic State’s foreign recruits may have been killed in action, survivors have dispersed and sprung up across the globe. Photograph: Delil Souleiman/AFP/Getty

The fall of the last pocket of Islamic State territory at the village of Baghouz in southeastern Syria does not signal the defeat of the terror group.(...)

A ball of fire billows above buildings in Gaza City during reported Israeli strikes on Monday. Photograph: Majdi Fathi/AFP/Getty Images

An uneasy calm held yesterday between Israel and Hamas, but the situation remains volatile and both sides risk finding themselves fighting a war that (...)

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