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US Secretary of State John Kerry meets Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in  Ramallah. Israeli forces pounded Gaza on Wednesday, meeting stiff resistance from Hamas Islamists and sending thousands of residents fleeing, as US Secretary of State John Kerry said on a visit to Israel ceasefire talks had made some progress. Photograph: Charles Dharapak/Reuters

As diplomatic shuttling intensified yesterday in an effort to secure a ceasefire to end the two-week conflict in Gaza, there was a public closing of r(...)

A Jewish worshipper takes part in a special prayer at the Western Wall in Jerusalem’s Old City for the well-being of Israeli soldiers in Gaza today. Photograph: Siegfried Modola/ Reuters

Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal said he was ready to accept a humanitarian truce in Gaza where the Islamist group is fighting an Israeli military offensiv(...)

Relatives of Palestinian youth Yousef Abu Zagha watch the teenager’s funeral at the Jenin refugee camp, West Bank yesterday. Photograph: Alaa Badarneh/EPA

Outrage and grief are not wise counsels, so it is perhaps encouraging that Binyamin Netanyahu’s cabinet was divided over how to respond to the murder (...)

Vanessa Nee: sister of the late Pte Hugh Doherty who was killed in Lebanon in 1981. Photograph: Declan Doherty

Vanessa Nee was just two years old when her brother Private Hugh Doherty was shot and killed in Lebanon in 1981. “I just grew up with a dead br(...)

Mark Thomas: ‘After you die do you really want people to say: he paid his mortgage on time and, by golly, he advertised bread?’

One morning recently at 5am, Mark Thomas and his friend Tracy were pasting posters over the top of estate agents’ signs. “The posters just said(...)

US secretary of state John Kerry with Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat after a meeting in Ramallah earlier this month. Photograph: Reuters

The Palestine Liberation Organisation, representing the Palestinians, has engaged deeply and with goodwill in a process that has been going on for 20 (...)

Somewhere under the River Lee in a secret spur off the Jack Lynch tunnel lies a velvet-lined sound-proofed room. After DNA testing, fingerprint and a(...)

No smoking gun

Cui bono? Who benefited from the 2004 death of Yasser Arafat ? With the publication of the report of a group of Swiss scientists which “moderately sup(...)

US secretary of state John Kerry   with Palestinian Authority president Mahmoud Abbas in Amman yesterday. Photograph: Jason Reed/Reuters

US secretary of state John Kerry has issued a stark warning of more violence and deepening isolation in store for Israel if Israeli and Palestinian ne(...)

US secretary of state John Kerry: some Palestinian officials claimed the meeting participants were leaning towards accepting Mr Kerry’s formula for restarting peace talks with Israel. Photograph: Mandel Ngan/Pool via The New York Times

Palestinian leaders have delayed a decision about restarting peace talks with Israel, and will reconvene today in Ramallah.Conflicting reports emerge(...)

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