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US secretary of state John Kerry greets workers as he visits a restaurant in the West Bank city of Ramallah yesterday. Photograph: Jim Young/Reuters

United States secretary of state John Kerry is pushing ahead with efforts to resume Middle East peace talks despite no signs of a diplomatic br(...)

Christof Heyns, UN special rapporteur on executions, said there is reason to believe states will ‘seek to use lethal autonomous robotics for targeted killing’.

A United Nations human rights investigator has called for all states to declare a moratorium to prevent so-called “killer robots” being deploye(...)

Digby Ioane has undergone a knee operation. Photograph: Getty Images

Wallabies winger Digby Ioane is a doubt for the first test against the British and Irish Lions after undergoing a knee operation today. (...)

The Egyptian  army sent reinforcements to Sinai this week as part of its efforts to secure the release of the men - six policemen and one soldier - who were kidnapped last Thursday as they travelled between the North Sinai towns of El-Arish and Rafah. Photograph: Stringer/Reuters

Seven members of the Egyptian security forces kidnapped by Islamist militants in Sinai last week have been released today, ending a crisis that(...)

Israeli soldiers of the Golani brigade take part in an exercise near the border with Syria at the Israeli-annexed Golan Heights. Photograph: Uriel Sinai/Getty Images

The tense relations between Israel and Syria deteriorated further yesterday with a cross-bord(...)

Israeli troops shot at a target across the Syrian frontier today in response to gunfire that struck its forces in the Golan Heights, the Israel(...)

Germans lamented their unexpectedly poor showing at the Eurovision Song Contest, blaming chancellor Angela Merkel’s tough stance in the euro zo(...)

Diaspora matters

Diaspora, a term once associated only with the exile of the Jews from Israel more than two millennia ago, has moved to the centre of the global(...)

Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu: “The Israeli government is acting in a responsible and measured way”.  Reuters/Ronen Zvulun

Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu has made it clear that additional strikes on Syria are a distinct possibility, despite warnings from (...)

 Ultra-Orthodox demonstrators pack the streets in Jerusalem to protest against government plans to force students at yeshiva religious seminaries to enlist in the Israeli army. Photograph: Uriel Sinai/Getty Images

Tens of thousands of ultra-Orthodox Jews have rallied in Jerusalem against government plans to force students at yeshiva religious seminaries t(...)

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