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Israel’s prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu suspended peace talks with the Palestinians yesterday in response to president Mahmoud Abbas’s unity agreement with Hamas Islamists. Photograph: Gali Tibbon/Reuters

The United States said today the Israeli-Palestinian peace process had come to a standstill, all but acknowledging US secretary of state John K(...)

Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attends a cabinet meeting in Jerusalem in this file picture. Israel suspended peace talks with the Palestinians today in response to President Mahmoud Abbas’s unity agreement with Hamas. Photograph: Reuters

Israel has suspended US-sponsored peace talks with the Palestinians in response to President Mahmoud Abbas’s unexpected unity pact with the riv(...)

Palestinians warm themselves during a rainy day at Shati refugee camp in Gaza City. Blackouts are expected in the Gaza Strip after the area’s main power plant ran out of fuel.  Photograph: Mohammed Salem/Reuters

The Gaza Strip’s sole power station stopped generating electricity today, causing blackouts throughout the territory after it ran out of fuel, (...)

Palestinian medics tend to a man whom they said was wounded in an Israeli air strike, at a hospital in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip on March 13th, 2014. Photograph: Ibraheem Abu Mustafa/Reuters

A fragile ceasefire came into effect on Thursday after the most serious flare-up in violence along the Gaza border since the second Gaza war in 201(...)

 A handout image made available by the Israeli government press office showing Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu  speaking to  British prime minister David Cameron at his office in Jerusalem today. Photograph: Kobi Gideon/EPA

British prime minister David Cameron has urged Israel to pursue a peace deal with Palestinians that could mean “an end of all conflict” in th(...)

Hitting the Wall yet? Runners compete in the Great Wall marathon at Huangyaguan (Yellow Cliff Pass) Great Wall of China in Tianjin. The race is regarded as one of the most challenging marathons in the world. Photograph: STR/AFP/Getty Images

Had you so wished, you could have run a marathon through the Gaza Strip which, at 41km long, is almost perfectly marathon-proportioned. That wa(...)

Israeli soldiers arrest a Palestinian during clashes with Israeli troops at a protest against the Jewish settlement of Ofra, in the West Bank village of Silwad, near Ramallah, yesterday. Photograph: Mohamad Torokman/Reuters

The Middle East peace talks are in crisis.When Israel and the Palestinians agreed, under intense pressure from Washington, to relaunch direct bilatera(...)

Supporters of Muslim Brotherhood and ousted Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi clash with riot police at Nasr City district in Cairo last week. Photograph: Mohamed Abd El Ghany/Reuters

Former Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi’s second day in court was held up today when bad weather delayed his flight to the Cairo police academy where(...)

Freed Palestinian prisoner Rami Barbakh (C), who was convicted of killing an Israeli in 1994 , waves  upon his release in Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip today. Photograph: Ibraheem Abu Mustafa/Reuters

Israel freed 26 Palestinian prisoners today, days before US secretary of state John Kerry was due back in the Middle East to press the two sides to ag(...)

Mustafa Barghouthi:“It’s not about Ireland becoming isolated as Ireland becoming the avant-garde. Many other countries would follow.” Photograph: Alan Betson

Mustafa Barghouti emerges from Kilmainham Gaol vowing to read more on Robert Emmett, executed for his failed rising in 1803.The leader of the non-viol(...)

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