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  1. July 20, 2014

    Gaza ceasefire efforts hampered by Arab divisions over Hamas

    Qatar launched a round of diplomacy on Sunday in an attempt to lay the groundwork for a ceasefire in Gaza as the death toll...

  2. July 15, 2014

    Netanyahu misjudges the risks of his Gaza strategy

    Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel’s prime minister, has a Gaza problem but it is not what you might think. The siren alarms...

  1. July 11, 2014

    Kerry faces weekend of frantic diplomacy as crises multiply

    US secretary of state John Kerry has embarked on a frenetic long weekend of personal diplomacy to try to salvage two of the...

  2. July 8, 2014

    The dangers of another intifada

    Over the past three weeks tensions between Israel and the Palestinians have erupted into violence in the West Bank and Gaza....

  3. July 2, 2014

    Killing of Palestinian teenager prompts riots in East Jerusalem

    Clashes erupted in East Jerusalem on Wednesday after the charred body of an Arab teenager was found in a forest near a...

  4. June 30, 2014

    Hamas accused after bodies of missing Israeli teens found

    The bodies of three Israeli teenagers missing for more than two weeks in the West Bank were found on Monday, setting off a...

  5. June 15, 2014

    Netanyahu accuses Hamas over kidnapping of Israeli teenagers

    Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel’s prime minister, on Sunday blamed the Palestinian militant group Hamas for the kidnapping of...

  6. June 10, 2014

    Reuven Rivlin to succeed Shimon Peres as Israel’s president

    Israel’s Knesset on Tuesday elected Reuven Rivlin, a former speaker of parliament and longtime member of the ruling Likud...

  7. June 5, 2014

    Israel invites bids to build more settlement homes

    The government in Israel said on Thursday that it had invited bids for the construction of 1,500 homes in settlements in the...

  8. June 3, 2014

    US-Israel rift develops over Palestinian unity government

    The inauguration of a Palestinian unity government backed by the militant Islamist group Hamas has opened a public rift...

  9. June 2, 2014

    Abbas swears in Palestinian unity government

    Mahmoud Abbas, president of the Palestinian Authority, swore in a unity government on Monday as part of a reconciliation...

  10. June 1, 2014

    Netanyahu calls on world to reject unity government

    Benjamin Netanyahu urged foreign governments not to recognise a Palestinian unity government backed by the militant Islamist...

  11. May 27, 2014

    Palestinian accord risks whipping up Mideast storm

    With the pomp and distraction of this week’s visit by Pope Francis now behind them, Israelis and Palestinians are returning...

  12. May 25, 2014

    Pope Francis prays at Bethlehem wall

    Pope Francis spoke of the Vatican’s good relations with the “state of Palestine” and prayed at the wall separating Bethlehem...

  13. May 15, 2014

    Hamas and Fatah take tentative steps to cement reconciliation

    Tayseer Jubeh’s news-stand in downtown Ramallah this week began stocking titles unseen in the Palestinians’ provisional...

  14. April 27, 2014

    Abbas calls Holocaust ‘most heinous crime’ of modern era

    Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Sunday declared the Holocaust “the most heinous crime to have occurred against...

  15. April 23, 2014

    PLO and Hamas sign unity pact as peace talks falter

    The Palestine Liberation Organisation, headed by Palestinian Authority president Mahmoud Abbas, signed a unity pact on...

  16. April 6, 2014

    Israelis and Palestinians accuse each other of sabotaging talks

    The Israeli and Palestinian leaders accused each other on Sunday of acting unilaterally to sabotage peace talks, as a...

  17. April 3, 2014

    US plays the crooked lawyer in an Israeli-Palestinian drama

    Washington’s attempts to shepherd Israelis and Palestinians into a so-called framework deal – yet another road map towards...

  18. April 2, 2014

    Kerry battles to keep alive Israel-Palestine talks

    Israelis and Palestinians accused each other on Wednesday of bad faith and of breaking agreements as US secretary of state...

  19. April 2, 2014

    Middle East peace efforts hit hurdle

    The fate of the Middle East peace process was thrown into doubt on Tuesday evening after US secretary of state John Kerry...

  20. March 12, 2014

    David Cameron opposes boycotts in pro-Israel speech

    David Cameron said Britain opposed boycotts and would fight the “delegitimisation” of the Jewish state in a resoundingly...

  21. March 2, 2014

    John Kerry to set out ‘framework’ for future Middle East talks

    After spending the past six months shuttling around the Middle East in an effort to revive the peace process between Israel...

  22. February 28, 2014

    Palestinians weigh calls for successor to Mahmoud Abbas

    As US-sponsored peace talks with Israel proceed, Palestinians are broaching the sensitive topic of who will succeed Mahmoud...

  23. The World

    January 13, 2014

    A clever tactician who was too clever by half.

    Ariel Sharon (right), then Israel's prime minister, shakes hands with Palestinian prime minister Mahmud Abbas as US...

  24. January 5, 2014

    John Kerry offers support for Iraq but no US troops on the ground

    US secretary of state John Kerry on Sunday pledged Washington’s support – but no ground troops – to help Iraq reestablish...

  25. December 31, 2013

    Israel frees 26 Palestinian prisoners

    RAMALLAH, West Bank, Dec 31 – Israel freed 26 Palestinian prisoners on Tuesday, days before John Kerry, US secretary of...

  26. November 12, 2013

    Israel’s plan for new settler homes angers Palestinians

    Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas threatened to quit peace talks with Israel and the US government said it was “deeply...

  27. October 28, 2013

    Palestinians fire rockets at Israeli port

    Palestinians in the Gaza Strip fired two rockets at a southern Israeli port city on Monday and Israel’s Iron Dome...

  28. The World

    October 3, 2013

    Obama pivots away from Asia

    Barack Obama with Mahmoud Abbas at the UN (JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Image) “Let there be no doubt: in the Asia-Pacific of the...

  29. August 13, 2013

    Palestinians celebrate prisoner releases ahead of peace talks

    Israel released 26 long-serving Palestinians overnight on Tuesday, a gesture aimed at promoting peace talks due to begin in...

  30. July 29, 2013

    Kerry faces scepticism over Israeli-Palestinian talks

    When John Kerry boarded his aeroplane in Jordan 10 days ago after announcing the resumption of talks between Israel and the...

  31. July 29, 2013

    Israeli and Palestinian envoys to meet

    Israeli and Palestinian negotiators are due to meet in Washington on Monday for preliminary talks aimed at reigniting a...

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    July 28, 2013

    Week ahead, Jul 28 - Aug 2

    The week ahead in emerging markets: elections in Zimbabwe, Mali and Pakistan. Company results from P&G, Reckitt Benckiser...

  33. July 17, 2013

    Israel slams EU plans to cut funding for settlement companies

    Israel’s government hit back at the EU on Wednesday, urging European leaders to freeze new guidelines that prohibit funding...

  34. June 30, 2013

    John Kerry cites enough progress to promise to return to Israel

    John Kerry, US secretary of state, ended a shuttle diplomacy mission on Sunday without an agreement on resuming...

  35. June 26, 2013

    Kerry resumes efforts to restart Mideast peace talks

    US secretary of state John Kerry said on Wednesday that any potential new opening for Israeli-Palestinian peace talks could...

  36. June 25, 2013

    Qatar shows how to manage a modern monarchy

    The Emir of Qatar’s decision to abdicate voluntarily in favour of his 33-year-old son may well be a first in Arab dynastic...

  37. June 20, 2013

    Palestinian PM resigns only two weeks after taking office

    Rami Hamdallah, the Palestinian prime minister, has submitted his resignation to President Mahmoud Abbas, sources in the...

  38. June 2, 2013

    Hamdallah to be new Palestinian PM

    Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has asked Rami Hamdallah, a British-educated academic, to serve as prime minister and...

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