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Sven Kuhn von Burgsdorff, the European Union representative for the Palestinian Territories, is heckled as he visits the construction site for Givat Hamatos settlement in East Jerusalem. Photograph: Maya Alleruzzo

The head of the European Union’s mission to the West Bank and Gaza Strip, Sven Kuhn von Burgsdorff, was chased away from a politically sensitive Jerus(...)

A recent OECD report shows that Irish primary schools are second only to Israel in the amount of time spent on compulsory religious instruction. Photograph: iStock

Most schools are not complying with legal requirements which require them to detail arrangements for students who do not wish to attend religious inst(...)

  US vice president Joe Biden,  Israel’s prime minister Benyamin Netanyahu and his wife Sara and former British prime minister Tony Blair  at Israel’s parliament on January 13th, 2014 in Jerusalem. Photograph: Michael Gottschalk/Photothek via Getty Images

At one particularly strained point in US-Israel relations, Joe Biden publicly insisted the Israeli ambassador to Washington pass on a message: “You be(...)

US secretary of state Mike Pompeo walks to a motorcade vehicle after stepping off a plane at Paris Le Bourget Airport on Saturday, November 14th, 2020. Photograph: Patrick Semansky/AFP/Getty

US secretary of state Mike Pompeo has arrived in Paris at the start of a seven-country tour of Europe and the Middle East. Mr Pompeo’s travels are ce(...)

Firemen at the site of a huge bomb explosion that shook a bank building and US embassy in central Nairobi, Kenya, on  August 7th, 1998. File photograph: EPA

Al-Qaeda’s second-in-command, accused of helping to mastermind the 1998 bombings of two US embassies in Africa, was killed in Iran in August by Israel(...)

 Saeb Erekat pictured speaking to the media after a meeting in Washington, DC, US, in July 2008. Photograph: Alex Wong/Getty Images

Born: April 28th, 1955 Died: November 10th, 2020 Saeb Erekat, a senior Palestinian official and negotiator who passionately advocated for the establi(...)

Palestinian mourners and honour guard carry the coffin of late Palestinian chief negotiator Saeb Erekat during his funeral procession in the West Bank city of Jericho on Wednesday. Photograph: Ahmad Gharabli/  PPO / AFP via Getty Images

Saeb Erekat will be missed. The death of the 65-year-old Palestinian long-time chief negotiator, ally in turn of Yasser Arafat and Mahmoud Abbas, and (...)

President Donald Trump participates in a wreath laying at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier during a National Veterans Day Observance ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va. Photograph: Erin Schaff/The New York Times

US president Donald Trump doubled down on his refusal to accept the results of the presidential election on Wednesday, claiming that he will “win” the(...)

Palestinian UN doctors with patients waiting at the entrance of the Rimal health centre affiliated with the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian refugees (Unrwa)  in Gaza City on November Tuesday. Photograph: Mohammed Abed/AFP via Getty Images

The UN agency caring for Palestinian refugees will be unable to pay full November and December salaries unless it raises $70 million (€60 million) by (...)

US president-elect Joe Biden speaks  in Wilmington, Delaware, on Tuesday. Photograph: Carolyn Kaster/AP

The president of the US does a lot to set the tone of global politics. The themes and language used by the occupant of the Oval Office are usually swi(...)

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