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 Benjamin Netanyahu: “Jerusalem is being connected and constructed. We are connecting all parts of Jerusalem; I have lifted all restrictions.” Photograph: Debbie Hill/Reuters

Palestinians have reacted angrily to the Israeli decision to build more homes in east Jerusalem, linking it directly to US president Donald Trump’s Mi(...)

Colum McCann in his office at Hunter College in New York. Photograph: Jillian Freyer/New York Times

“I’m a bit of a magpie,” Colum McCann said, sheepishly gesturing around his office at Hunter College. He has taught creative writing there for 13 year(...)

The Western Wall in Jerusalem. A new train station – it is  planned to name it  after US president Donald Trump – will be 50m underground, and will be connected by escalators to the esplanade of the  wall

Plans by Israel to extend the Tel Aviv-Jerusalem fast train to the Western Wall in Jerusalem’s Old City have drawn criticism from planners, archaeolog(...)

An Israeli gate in Hebron in the Israeli-occupied West Bank: blacklist includes Motorola, Airbnb, Trip Advisor, Expedia and Booking.com as well as Israeli businesses. Photograph: Mussa Qawasma

Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu pledged to “fight this with all our might” after the United Nations published a list of 112 companies that d(...)

Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas holds a document while speaking during the UN Security Council meeting. Photograph: Shannon Stapleton/Reuters

Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas has suffered an unexpected defeat in the United Nations Security Council after the Trump administration exerted st(...)

US ambassador to Israel David Friedman cautioned Israel against ‘unilateral action’ in annexing West Bank settlements. File photograph: Jose Luis Magana/AP

The US ambassador to Israel has cautioned the country against “unilateral action” in annexing West Bank settlements, warning such a move could endange(...)

Grand Canal, Portobello, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

What’s so good about it? Not for nothing is Portobello regarded as one of the most desirable (and priciest) city neighbourhoods in Dublin. “Hipsteria(...)

Israeli troops in the Israeli-occupied West Bank during a Palestinian protest against the US peace plan for the Middle East. Photograph: Reuters

Palestinian officials have blamed the US Middle East peace plan which was unveiled last week for a surge in violence in the West Bank and Jerusalem. (...)

Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas (3rd left) and Palestine Liberation Organisation  secretary-general Saeb Erekat (2nd left) look on as Arab League secretary-general Ahmed Aboul Gheit (left) reads a statement during an Arab League emergency meeting, at the league headquarters in Cairo, Egypt. Photograph: Khaled Dersouki/AFP via Getty Images

The Palestinian Authority has cut all ties with the US and Israel, including those relating to security, after rejecting a Middle East peace plan pres(...)

Demonstrators hold pictures of Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas during a protest against Donald Trump’s Middle East peace plan, in Ramallah, in the Israeli-occupied West Bank. Photograph: Mohamad Torokman/Reuters

Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas is desperate to enlist allies in a diplomatic offensive against the Trump administration’s deal to resolve the Pal(...)

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