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Fergal Smith: “The priority is to introduce people to good, fresh, local food and to explain the work that goes into growing it.” Photograph: matt smith

Possibly the most unlikely candidate in the 2016 general election was professional surfer Fergal Smith, who ran for the Green Party as “a surfer who h(...)

Israel’s defence minister Avigdor Lieberman wants to hold talks with West Bank Palestinian figures without  the approval of the  Palestinian Authority. Photograph: Sergei Karpukhin/Reuters

In a clear attempt to bypass the Palestinian leadership, Israeli defence minister Avigdor Lieberman wants to hold talks with West Bank Palestinian fig(...)

Palestinian boys pass a Saudi Arabian-funded housing project built by the United Nations Development Programme in the  Gaza Strip. Photograph:   Said Khatib/AFP

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) says it is “greatly concerned” by Israeli allegations that one of its staffers helped Hamas in Gaza, p(...)

Pope Francis walks through Auschwitz’s notorious gate with the sign Arbeit Macht Frei during his visit to the former Nazi death camp near Krakow. Photograph: Reuters/Filippo Monteforte/Pool

Pope Francis wrote another important page in his dramatic pontificate when he made a solemn and silent visit to the former Nazi concentration camp of (...)

Israeli soldier Sgt Elor Azaria, who was caught on video shooting a wounded Palestinian assailant in the head as he lay on the ground, is comforted by his mother during a hearing at a military court in Tel Aviv. Photograph:  Jack Guez/AFP/Getty Images

The Israeli soldier on trial for manslaughter for killing a wounded Palestinian assailant in the West Bank city of Hebron has defended his shooting as(...)

Ruth Gilligan: has written a number of successful romance novels, among them ‘Forget’

With a new exhibition on the representation of Jews in Irish literature now on at the RHA’s Dawson Street Academy, Ruth Gilligan’s new novel has a ti(...)

Israeli troops in Hebron near where a Palestinian woman was shot dead after police said she brandished a knife near a contentious holy site. Photograph: Abed Al Hashlamoun/EPA

One or more gunmen opened fire on Friday on an Israeli family travelling in a car near Hebron, killing the father and seriously wounding the mother, a(...)

Israel’s prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu with his Italian counterpart Matteo Renzi at Chigi Palace in Rome, where Mr Netanyahu announced a restoration of Israel’s full diplomatic relations with Turkey. Photograph: EPA/Tibero Barichelli/Palazzo Chigi press office

Israel and Turkey have reached an agreement to fully restore diplomatic relations, ending their six-year rift after Israeli naval commandos raided a G(...)

 An Israeli-controlled checkpoint at the entrance to Highway 443 in the West Bank: Soldiers in the area  opened fire on a Palestinian vehicle on an adjacent road  after petrol bombs and rocks were thrown at Israeli vehicles. Photograph: Ahmad Gharabli/AFP/Getty

Israeli and Palestinian officials have blamed each other for the death of a Palestinian youth who was shot and killed by Israeli troops on Tuesday af(...)

Palestinians and Israeli soldiers at a checkpoint as the army announced a closed military zone in Yatta. Photograph: Abed al Hashlamoun/EPA

Israel has imposed a series of restrictions on West Bank Palestinians in response to Wednesday night’s shooting in a Tel Aviv restaurant, but fell sh(...)

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