Ultra-Orthodox mourners during the funeral of Daniel Ambon from Argentina who died in the stampede in Mount Meron. Photograph: Abir Sultan/EPA

As Israel buried the last of the dead from the Mount Meron religious festival stampede, prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu is resisting pressure to se(...)

Ultra-Orthodox Jewish men take part in a funeral ceremony in Jerusalem for a victim of a stampede during a religious gathering in northern Israel.  Photograph: Gil Cohen-Magen/AFP via Getty Images

Israel observed a day of mourning on Sunday for 45 people who died in a crush at a Jewish religious festival. In accordance with Jewish tradition, fu(...)

Ultra-Orthodox Jewish men mourn during a funeral ceremony in Jerusalem. Photograph: Menahem Kahana/AFP/Getty Images

Signs of the night’s tragedy were scattered everywhere. Crushed plastic bottles lined the narrow sloped path, barely 3 or 4 metres across. A metal han(...)

Emergency personnel assist people after after 45 people were killed and hundreds injured at an overcrowded religious bonfire festival in Israel on Friday. Photograph: United Hatzalah/AFP via Getty

At least 45 Jewish worshippers were crushed to death and hundreds hurt during celebrations marking the festival of Lag B’Omer at the foot of Mount Mer(...)

Iranian president Hassan Rouhani delivers a speech on Iran’s National Nuclear Technology Day, as Tehran launched new advanced uranium enrichment centrifuges at the Natanz nuclear site. Photograph: Iranian Presidency/AFP via Getty

An incident at Iran’s Natanz nuclear facility on Sunday was caused by an act of “nuclear terrorism”, the country’s nuclear chief Ali Akbar Salehi said(...)

Binyamin Netanyahu has been invited by Israel’s president, Reuven Rivlin, to try to form a government after the country’s fourth inconclusive election in two years. Photograph: Abir Sultan/AFP via Getty Images

Israeli president Reuven Rivlin has assigned Binyamin Netanyahu the task of forming the next government but he faces an uphill task to cobble together(...)

Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu leaves the courtroom in Jerusalem on Monday. Photograph: Abir Sultan/Pool/AFP via Getty

Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s corruption trial has resumed, with a key witness painting a picture of an image-obsessed leader forcing a (...)

Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu: Bringing his far-right coalition partners on board may be his biggest challenge to date. Photograph: Abir Sultan/EPA

An Israeli election has again turned into into a cliffhanger, and it will probably take weeks before it becomes clear if prime minister Binyamin Netan(...)

 Yair Lapid: His Yesh Atid party has promised to lower the cost of living and reduce the power of religious authorities. Photograph: Atef Safadi

Israel is due to hold its fourth round of elections on Tuesday, although the result could simply extend a two-year-long political stalemate and possib(...)

Vaccines from Chinese pharmaceutical company Sinopharm being unloaded in Budapest, Hungary. Photograph: Zsolt Szigetvary/EPA

Czech and Hungarian leaders have visited Israel to discuss joint efforts to fight Covid-19 and learn from its successful inoculation programme, as a s(...)

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