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 Piri Weepu of the All Blacks leads the Haka before the third Test match against France in June at Yarrow Stadium, New Plymouth in New Zealand. Photograph:  Anthony Au-Yeung/Getty Images

New Zealand coach Steve Hansen continued his gradual overhaul of the world champion All Blacks by yesterday dropping experienced scrumhalf Piri Weepu (...)

Iran’s state media has sought to  play down reports that incoming president Hassan Rouhani called Israel ‘a wound on the Muslim world’. Photograph: Reuters.

Two days before his inauguration as Iran’s new president, Hassan Rouhani said that Israeli occupation of Palestinian land had inflicted a “wound” on (...)

US embassies that would normally be open this Sunday will be closed that day because of unspecified security concerns, the US State Department said.

US embassies that would normally be open this Sunday - including those in Abu Dhabi, Baghdad and Cairo - will be closed that day because of unspecifie(...)

Supporters of deposed Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi take part in an anti-army rally in Cairo last night. Photograph: Asmaa Waguih/Reuters.

Egypt’s new rulers today said vigils by supporters of deposed president Mohamed Morsi threatened national security, and signalled that they would end(...)

Money could be invested in projects that would pay dividends for employment in the future.

There are always options at budget time, even when you are part of a financial bailout programme that has policy strings attached. The big question at(...)

US secretary of state John Kerry (C) announces further peace talks at a news conference with Israel’s justice minister Tzipi Livni (L) and chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat (R) at the State Department in Washington today. Photograph: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters.

Israel and Palestine will seek to reach a peace agreement within nine months and negotiators will meet again within two weeks after holding a “positiv(...)

Israeli justice minister Tzipi Livni (c) speaks to reporters in the lobby of the United Nations after her meeting with UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon (unseen) in New York on July 29th, 2013. Livni was en route to Washington for peace talks with the Palestinians. Photograph: Carlo Allegri/Reuters

It’s almost 20 years since then-Israeli prime minister Yitzhak Rabin and Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat signed an historic peace agreement on the Wh(...)

The mother of Palestinian Ateya Abu Moussa, who has been held prisoner by Israel for 20 years, reacts as she is hugged by her grandson after hearing news on the possible release of her son, in Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip today. Abu Moussa was expected to be among more than 100 Arab prisoners to be released as a step to renew stalled peace talks with the Palestinians ahead of plans to convene negotiators in Washington later this week. Photograph: Ibraheem Abu Mustafa/Reuters

Israel has approved the release of 104 Arab prisoners in a move intended to facilitate the restart of peace talks with the Palestinians and end nea(...)

A police officer aims a shotgun at supporters of deposed Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi during clashes in Nasr city area, east of Cairo, this morning. Photograph: Asmaa Waguih/Reuters

Egyptian security forces shot dead dozens of supporters of ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi today, witnesses said, days after the army chief ca(...)

Lebanon’s Hizbullah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah addresses supporters via a video conference during iftar, the breaking of fast meal, during the Islamic month of Ramadan in Beirut’s southern suburbs last week. Photograph: Sharif Karim/Reuters

The European Union has agreed to blacklist Hizbullah’s military wing, but pledged to maintain political dialogue with the group, amid concerns about(...)

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