Israeli leader vows to annex West Bank settlement enclave

Israeli leader vows to annex West Bank settlement enclave

Critics say his pledges would eliminate any remaining Palestinian hope of establishing a separate state.

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More than two million Muslims in Mecca for start of annual hajj pilgrimage

More than two million Muslims in Mecca for start of annual hajj pilgrimage

More than two million Muslim pilgrims have gathered in the holy city of Mecca in Saudi Arabia to perform the initial rites of the hajj.

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Fundraising campaign set up for British man arrested at Oman airport ‘for swearing’

Fundraising campaign set up for British man arrested at Oman airport ‘for swearing’

A fundraising page has been set up to help a British man who has been detained for swearing in an airport in Oman.

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The Middle East does not need another war

The Middle East does not need another war

Whether four oil tankers in the Gulf were attacked by Iran or whether the incident was orchestrated by the US, both should desist for the sake of peace, says John Andrews.

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Israeli PM vows to annex West Bank settlements if re-elected

Israeli PM vows to annex West Bank settlements if re-elected

Benjamin Netanyahu has promoted Jewish settlement expansion in his four terms as prime minister.

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Three young Palestinians killed as tens of thousands join Gaza Strip protest

Three young Palestinians killed as tens of thousands join Gaza Strip protest

A third young Palestinian has died as tens of thousands of protesters gathered near the Israeli border to mark the first anniversary of weekly demos in the Gaza Strip.

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Israel strikes 100 Hamas targets in Gaza after Tel Aviv rocket attack

Israel strikes 100 Hamas targets in Gaza after Tel Aviv rocket attack

The army said targets included an office complex used to plan and command Hamas militant activities and an underground rocket-manufacturing site.

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Israeli PM Netanyahu rejects corruption allegations in live address

Israeli PM Netanyahu rejects corruption allegations in live address

Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu has used a prime-time address to again dismiss a series of corruption allegations against him.

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Israeli parliament clears way for elections on April 9

Israeli parliament clears way for elections on April 9

The Knesset has been dissolved, kicking off the campaign.

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Israel launches operation to thwart Hezbollah border tunnels

Israel launches operation to thwart Hezbollah border tunnels

The tunnels stretch from Lebanon into northern Israel.

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Israel threatens Airbnb tax move after ban on West Bank listings

Israel threatens Airbnb tax move after ban on West Bank listings

The threats of sanctions ramp up Israel’s fight against a global movement advocating for boycotts over the country’s treatment of the Palestinians.

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Netanyahu in last ditch bid to save Israeli coalition

Netanyahu in last ditch bid to save Israeli coalition

Benjamin Netanyahu is trying to convince finance minister Moshe Kahlon and his centrist Kulanu party to stay in the coalition.

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Israel and Hamas trade heavy fire after botched military raid in Gaza

Israel and Hamas trade heavy fire after botched military raid in Gaza

Palestinian officials said at least three people, including two militants, were killed by Israeli fire.

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Egypt’s newly discovered tombs contain cat mummies

Egypt’s newly discovered tombs contain cat mummies

Other statues depicted a lion, a cow and a falcon.

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Jordan opens shelter as flash flood death toll climbs to 11

Jordan opens shelter as flash flood death toll climbs to 11

The torrents came two weeks after 21 people, most of them children, were killed in flash floods near the Dead Sea.

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US downgrades its Jerusalem mission to Palestinians

US downgrades its Jerusalem mission to Palestinians

It has now been placed under the authority of the US Embassy to Israel, which was moved to the holy city by Donald Trump.

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Israeli military strikes back after Gaza rocket strikes house

Israeli military strikes back after Gaza rocket strikes house

A militant was killed in an air strike following the rocket attack on Beersheba.

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Israel threatens ‘painful’ strike against Hamas in Gaza

Israel threatens ‘painful’ strike against Hamas in Gaza

Benjamin Netanyahu said that Israel is very close to waging a ‘different kind of activity’ against the Islamic militants.

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West Bank woman dies after settlers throw stones at car

West Bank woman dies after settlers throw stones at car

Israeli police say they are investigating.

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EgyptAir stands by bizarre Drew Barrymore ‘interview’

EgyptAir stands by bizarre Drew Barrymore ‘interview’

The article in its in-flight magazine led with a description of the American actress as ‘being unstable in her relationships’.

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Twenty-five years after the Oslo Accords, the prospect of peace in the Middle East remains bleak

Twenty-five years after the Oslo Accords, the prospect of peace in the Middle East remains bleak

Looking back on events 25 years ago, when the Oslo Accords were struck on the White House lawn, it is hard to avoid a painful memory.

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Palestinians condemn US for ending refugee funding

Palestinians condemn US for ending refugee funding

The US had supplied nearly 30% of the total budget of the UN Relief and Works Agency.

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US cuts aid to Palestinians by more than $200 million

US cuts aid to Palestinians by more than $200 million

The State Department notified Congress of the decision today, according to the officials and aides.

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Three Palestinians, including girl aged 1, killed in Israeli air strikes in Gaza Strip

Three Palestinians, including girl aged 1, killed in Israeli air strikes in Gaza Strip

A pregnant woman, her one-year-old daughter and a Hamas fighter have been killed in Israeli air strikes in the Gaza Strip.

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UN peacekeepers ‘return to Golan Heights patrol’

UN peacekeepers ‘return to Golan Heights patrol’

The peacekeeping mission was halted in 2014 amid the violence in Syrian’s civil war over security concerns.

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Several hurt after passenger train derails in Egypt

Several hurt after passenger train derails in Egypt

Three carriages came off the tracks near Badrashin station.

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Cairo chemical factory explosion leaves several injured

Cairo chemical factory explosion leaves several injured

The incident took place at a storage facility near the Egyptian capital’s main airport.

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Tánaiste: Expelling Israeli Ambassador 'would be totally counter-productive'

Tánaiste: Expelling Israeli Ambassador 'would be totally counter-productive'

The Tánaiste Simon Coveney says cutting diplomatic ties with Israel would not be helpful for Palestinians or Israelis.

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Seized nuclear archive could deter Iran, Israeli Minister says

Seized nuclear archive could deter Iran, Israeli Minister says

An Israeli Cabinet minister has said his country's dramatic seizure of what it purports to be Iran's nuclear programme archive could help deter the Islamic Republic from trying to strike Israel.

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Fire engulfs World Food Programme warehouse in Yemen

Fire engulfs World Food Programme warehouse in Yemen

A fire has broken out at storage facilities for the World Food Programme in the Red Sea port city of Hodeida in Yemen.

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Israeli strikes on Iranian sites in Syria 'should send clear message'

Israeli strikes on Iranian sites in Syria 'should send clear message'

An Israeli minister has said that by striking key Iranian sites in Syria it sent a clear message that it will not tolerate an Iranian military foothold on its doorstep.

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Israeli strikes on Iranian sites in Syria 'should send clear message'

Israeli strikes on Iranian sites in Syria 'should send clear message'

An Israeli minister has said that by striking key Iranian sites in Syria it sent a clear message that it will not tolerate an Iranian military foothold on its doorstep.

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British extremists dubbed 'Beatles' captured on Iraq/Syria border, reports

British extremists dubbed 'Beatles' captured on Iraq/Syria border, reports

Two British extremists believed to have been members of Islamic State's brutal executions group dubbed "The Beatles" have reportedly been captured.

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Pence says US still committed to ’two state’ solution; King of Jordan calls on US to ’rebuild trust’

Pence says US still committed to ’two state’ solution; King of Jordan calls on US to ’rebuild trust’

Jordan’s king has appealed to US Vice President Mike Pence to "rebuild trust and confidence" in the possibility of a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

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Simon Coveney to visit Israel and Palestine to meet senior executives

Simon Coveney to visit Israel and Palestine to meet senior executives

The Foreign Affairs Minister will visit Israel and Palestine over the next two days, where he will meet with senior representatives.

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Israeli minister wants proposed rail tunnel under Jerusalem’s old city to end at ’Donald Trump’ station

Israeli minister wants proposed rail tunnel under Jerusalem’s old city to end at ’Donald Trump’ station

Israel’s transport minister is pushing ahead with a plan to dig a railway tunnel under Jerusalem’s Old City, which will end at the Western Wall with a station named after US President Donald Trump.

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Mahmoud Abbas refuses to work with US on Middle East peace efforts

Mahmoud Abbas refuses to work with US on Middle East peace efforts

Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas will no longer accept any US plans for peace in the Middle East because of the Trump administration's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

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Palestinian president warns US against recognising Jerusalem as Israel's capital

Palestinian president warns US against recognising Jerusalem as Israel's capital

The Palestinian president has warned that US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital would jeopardise the White House's nascent Mideast peace efforts.

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Palestinian assailant shot dead by Israeli security forces

Palestinian assailant shot dead by Israeli security forces

Israeli security forces have shot dead a Palestinian assailant behind a pair of recent shooting attacks.

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Israeli cabinet approves new settlement after outpost demolished

Israeli cabinet approves new settlement after outpost demolished

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's security cabinet has approved Israel's first new settlement in two decades to compensate for the demolition of a settler outpost.

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Israeli soldier convicted of manslaughter over shooting of Palestinian attacker

Israeli soldier convicted of manslaughter over shooting of Palestinian attacker

An Israeli military court has convicted a soldier of manslaughter over the fatal shooting of an incapacitated Palestinian attacker.

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‘Two-state solution is not dead, but it is on life-support’

‘Two-state solution is not dead, but it is on life-support’

“Tear gas has been used, live bullets, stun bombs, there have been incursions and arrests, people have been shot, houses ransacked. We are scared of Israeli soldiers, we want it to stop.”

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Health of former Israeli president Shimon Peres 'deteriorating'

Health of former Israeli president Shimon Peres 'deteriorating'

Shimon Peres' condition has deteriorated two weeks after he suffered a major stroke, a person close to the former Israeli president said.

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Israeli troops accidentally shoot  fellow soldier dead

Israeli troops accidentally shoot fellow soldier dead

Israeli troops have accidentally shot and killed a fellow soldier as they tried to thwart a Palestinian stabbing attack at a busy West Bank junction, the military said.

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Video: Several wounded as gunman opens fire inside Tel Aviv bar

Video: Several wounded as gunman opens fire inside Tel Aviv bar

A gunman has opened fire at a bar in central Tel Aviv, wounding several people.

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Palestinian shot dead  in Jerusalem after stabbing Israeli officer

Palestinian shot dead in Jerusalem after stabbing Israeli officer

A Palestinian man has been shot dead by security forcesafter he stabbed a police officer in Jerusalem.

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Israel bans Islamist party for 'inciting violence'

Israel bans Islamist party for 'inciting violence'

Israel's government has banned an Islamist party, saying it has been inciting violence among Israeli Arabs over the past two months.

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Israel suspends meetings with EU over West Bank settlement labelling

Israel suspends meetings with EU over West Bank settlement labelling

Israel will suspend a series of ongoing meetings with the European Union to protest against the EU’s decision to begin labelling exports from West Bank settlements.

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Men who boarded bus 'began shooting and stabbing passengers'

Men who boarded bus 'began shooting and stabbing passengers'

A pair of Palestinian men boarded a bus in Jerusalem and began shooting and stabbing passengers, officials in Israel said.

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Israel bars Palestinians from Jerusalem's Old City after stabbings

Israel bars Palestinians from Jerusalem's Old City after stabbings

Israeli police have taken the unprecedented step of preventing Palestinian residents of Jerusalem from entering the walled Old City after two Palestinian stabbing attacks against Israelis.

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Two Israeli citizens 'held in Gaza'

Two Israeli citizens 'held in Gaza'

Two Israeli citizens are being held in the Gaza Strip, at least one of them by the Hamas militant group, Israeli authorities said.

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Blair 'quits as Middle East envoy'

Blair 'quits as Middle East envoy'

Tony Blair has resigned as the Quartet’s Middle East peace envoy after nearly eight years in the role, officials in Jerusalem have said.

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Court jails ex-Israeli PM Olmert

Court jails ex-Israeli PM Olmert

Former Israeli prime minister Ehud Olmert has been sentenced to eight months in prison for unlawfully accepting money from a US supporter.

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Netanyahu softens Palestine stance

Netanyahu softens Palestine stance

Days after winning Israel’s election, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu appears to be backtracking from hardline statements that ruled out the establishment of a Palestinian state.

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Netanyahu: Iran developing capability to make 'lots of nuclear weapons'

Netanyahu: Iran developing capability to make 'lots of nuclear weapons'

Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu is poised to deliver a stern message to the US Congress about the danger Iran poses to his nation's survival.

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West Bank settlers attack US officials

West Bank settlers attack US officials

Jewish settlers have attacked US consular officials during a visit to the West Bank to investigate claims of damage to Palestinian agricultural property, Israeli police said.

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Three Americans and one Briton killed in Jerusalem synagogue attack

Three Americans and one Briton killed in Jerusalem synagogue attack

The people killed in a Jerusalem synagogue attack are three American citizens and a Briton, Israeli police say.

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Politicians condemn synagogue attack

Politicians condemn synagogue attack

Israel has said it will “respond harshly” to an attack on a Jerusalem synagogue in which four people were killed.

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Sweden recognises Palestinian state

Sweden recognises Palestinian state

Sweden’s new government says it has recognised a Palestinian state, a move declared by the prime minister as a priority for the left-leaning minority coalition.

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Israeli police shoot dead assassination-attempt suspect

Israeli police shoot dead assassination-attempt suspect

Israeli police have shot and killed a Palestinian man suspected of trying to kill a hard-line Jewish activist in Jerusalem, an incident that threatened to further inflame the city's already high tensions.

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