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Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas: has dismissed the Trump administration’s plan as the “slap of the century” and declared he will not commit “treason” by discussing it. Photograph: Mohamad Torokman

More than 80 per cent of Palestinians in the Israeli-occupied territories oppose the Trump administration’s “deal of the century” meant to bring peace(...)

US president Donald Trump holds a chart of military hardware sales as he welcomes Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in Washington in  March 2018. Photograph: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman has said the kingdom will not accept any regional peace plan that fails to address the status of Arab territory occupied by(...)

Palestinian activist  Ahed Tamimi (17) speaks during a press conference on the outskirts of the West Bank village of Nabi Saleh on Sunday upon her release from prison after an eight-month sentence. Photograph: Abbas Momani/AFP/Getty Images

A Palestinian teenager released by Israel on Sunday after completing a prison term for kicking and slapping a soldier has said the struggle against Is(...)

A Palestinian Unrwa  employee at a protest against job cuts at its headquarters in Gaza City, July 25th, 2018. Photograph: Mohammed Salem

Palestinians in Gaza are expected to step up protests on Friday against service and job cuts by Unrwa, the UN agency providing for five million Palest(...)

Demonstrators attend a rally to protest against the Jewish nation state Bill in Tel Aviv. Photograph: Jack Guez/AFP/Getty Images

Arab governments have condemned the “nation state” law adopted by Israel’s parliament last week as racist, discriminatory and an obstacle to peace. Th(...)

Israelis hold signs reading “How much No can we hear?” at a demonstration for gay rights in front in Tel Aviv on July 14th, 2018. Photograph: Abir Sultan

Scores of Israeli companies have rallied in solidarity with the country’s gay community, which has called a strike on Sunday to protest against the ex(...)

Rev Trevor Johnston, a member of the committee that set up the highly conservative Global Anglican Future Conference Ireland group. Photograph: ASCBelfast.com

The Republic of Ireland is the least Christian part of the English-speaking world and a place where “God is now seen as redundant and unnecessary”, a (...)

Verdelli castle on the Via Francigena, Tuscany. Photograph: DeAgostini/Getty Images

The museum guide in Lucca suggests that I pick up the loaded rucksack from the bucket, carry it to the other end of the room and put it back in the bu(...)

Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu: says Bill strikes a proper balance between Israel’s Jewish character and its democratic principles. Photograph: Abir Sultan/AFP/Getty Images

The EU’s ambassador to Israel was summoned to the foreign ministry in Jerusalem on Friday for a diplomatic dressing-down after he reportedly told Knes(...)

Israeli defence minister Avigdor Lieberman said Israel should immediately close the embassy in Dublin.  Photograph: EPA/ Atef Safadi

Israel’s defence minister has called on his country to close its embassy in Dublin in response to the Seanad backing a Bill banning the import of good(...)

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