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Ireland’s Cian O’Connor and Waterford Crystal celebrate winning the gold medal at the Athens Olympic Games in 2004. Photograph: Patrick Bolger/Inpho

On the morning of the individual showjumping competition at the 2012 Olympics, Cian O’Connor got out of bed at six o’clock and took his competition wh(...)

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(...)

Then US president George HW Bush talking to supporters in St Louis in October 1992. Photograph: Peter Newcomb/AFP/Getty Images

Arab rulers have expressed condolences over the death at 94 of former US president George HW Bush, who launched the 1991 war that liberated Kuwait fro(...)

Israeli soldiers taking cover near the Israel Gaza border on November  12th. The Israeli military said it had dispatched fighter jets to strike “terror targets” throughout Gaza. Photograph: APÊPhoto/Tsafrir Abayov

On Sunday evening a civilian car pulled up at a Hamas checkpoint set up among the warren of streets in Khan Younis, a town in the Gaza Strip close to (...)

Israei soldiers at the scene as a  bulldozer demolishes a Palestinian house in Yatta village, south of the city of Hebron, on October 17th.   Israeli adminstrative control bans Palestinians from erecting buildings and infrastructure in Area C of the West Bank. Photograph: Abed al-Hashlamoun/EPA

Distrusted by the Palestinian leadership and feared by the Israeli military, Jamal Tirawi has a unique view of the conflict from his office in Nablus,(...)

Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani is shown on a large screen as he addresses the 73rd session of the United Nations General Assembly at UN headquarters in New York, this week. Photograph: Carlo Allegri/Reuters

Tehran is the Trump administration’s choice for primary external target rather than North Korea, the 2017 favourite. During his address to the UN Gene(...)

On September 13th, 1993, US president Bill Clinton stands between PLO leader Yasser Arafat and Israeli prime minister Yitzahk Rabin as they shake hands. Photograph: J David Ake/AFP/Getty Images

Twenty-five years ago on Thursday, a portly Palestinian boy scout raised the Palestinian red, white, black and green flag from the balcony of Orient H(...)

Former minister for foreign affairs Dermot Ahern. He  told Cardinal  Sodano “on no account could I give such an undertaking and that it was a matter that would have to be decided by the government anyhow”. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Former minister for foreign affairs Dermot Ahern says a senior Vatican official sought an agreement in 2004 under which Ireland would indemnify the Ca(...)

Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas gestures as he chairs a Palestinian National Council meeting in Ramallah on April 30th. Photograph: Abbas Momani/AFP/Getty Images

Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu accused Mahmoud Abbas of anti-Semitism and Holocaust denial on Wednesday after the Palestinian leader sugge(...)

 Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas: has called for a review of all agreements reached by the PLO and Israel. Photograph: Alaa Badarneh

Decisions taken by Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas and the central council of the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) could reverse commitment(...)

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