US vice-president Joe Biden: criticised by Jewish organisation over his use of words. Photograph:   Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

US vice-president Joe Biden has acknowledged that his use of the word “Shylocks” – a word considered anti-Semitic by some – in a speech on Tuesday was(...)

A day after President Obama phoned Israeli leader Binyamin Netanyahu demanding an “immediate, unconditional humanitarian ceasefire”, Netanyahu warned of “a lengthy campaign” against Hamas. Photograph: Joshua Roberts/Reuters

The photographs of American troops pushing helicopters over the side of a US warship in 1975 became iconic images immortalising the country’s messy wi(...)

US secretary of state John Kerry (right) listens as Egypt’s foreign minister Nabil Fahmy speaks to the media prior to a meeting at the US state department in Washington DC on yesterday. Photograph: Shawn Thew/EPA

A deadline set by the US last year for peace negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians passed without agreement or a framework for possible (...)

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