Israeli prime minister Benyamin Netanyahu and German chancellor Angela Merkel shake hands after a short press statement in Jerusalem, Israel, on Monday. The governments are meeting for the fifth German-Israeli government consultations on February 24th and 25th. Photograph: Rainer Jensen/EPA

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has taken her cabinet on a two-day trip to Israel to boost German-Israeli relations that are increasingly burde(...)

Swiss soldiers outside the Kongress Zentrum, the venue for the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, this week. photograph: gianluca colla/bloomberg

The corridors of Kongress Zentrum, the venue for the World Economic Forum in Davos this week, will be packed with potential new business partners and (...)

Members of the Knesset guard carry the flag draped coffin of former Israeli prime minister Ariel Sharon before a memorial ceremony today. Photograph: Ronen Zvulun/Reuters

Israel buried former prime minister Ariel Sharon at his family farm today, celebrating the military achievements of a man seen as a war hero at home b(...)

A settler is lead away by an Israeli soldier after confrontations with Palestinians in the village of Qusra, near the West Bank City of Nablus. Photograph: Alaa Badarneh/EPA

Israel today published tenders for 1,400 new homes in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem, days after US secretary of state John Kerry visited t(...)

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(...)

Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu said Hizbullah was “putting thousands of missiles and rockets in homes, in the heart of the civilian population”. Photograph: Dan Balilty/Reuters

Israeli artillery pounded south Lebanon yesterday after two rockets landed in northern Israel, and an additional two projectiles landed short, falling(...)

Spring turns to winter
  • World
  • December 29, 2013, 12:32

If there are common threads running through the world turmoil of 2013, notably of its most unstable region, the Middle East, they are perhaps the indi(...)

US secretary of state John Kerry will visit Jerusalem and Ramallah late next week for more talks with Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas, an official said.  Photograph: Brian Snyder/Reuters

US secretary of state John Kerry will return to Israel and the Palestinian territories for peace talks next week, a senior US government official said(...)

Ultra-Orthodox Jews walk near the Western Wall in Jerusalem’s Old City during a snowstorm. Photograph: Darren Whiteside/Reuters

A snowstorm of rare intensity blanketed the Jerusalem area and parts of the occupied West Bank today, choking off the city and stranding hundreds in v(...)

A man places flowers in tribute to former South African president Nelson Mandela outside his house in Johannesburg  today. Photograph: Reuters

Peter Murtagh and Bill Corcoran in JohannesburgPresident Higgins and Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore have arrived in Johannesburg to attend tomorrow’s State Me(...)

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