Alistair Dawber

Alistair Dawber is The Independent’s Jerusalem correspondent. The paper’s former foreign editor and deputy foreign editor, Alistair joined The Independent in 2008 as a business correspondent. He is a Liverpool fan, in exile

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John Kerry has immersed himself deeply in Middle Eastern matters

US Secretary of State John Kerry 'argued for air strikes on Syria chemical weapons'

But he lost case during White House meeting, it is claimed

Military forces participate in the

8,000 troops from 19 countries join Jordan 'war games' in readiness for spreading Syria conflict

The West may be flip-flopping over whether or not to send lethal arms to the Syria rebels, but that has not stopped a 12-day military exercise in Jordan, in which thousands of troops from a variety of countries are preparing for the possibility of fighting in Syria. The war games come to an end tomorrow.

Rockets fired from Gaza hit Israeli coast

Three grad rockets fired from the Gaza Strip hit the Israeli coastal town of Ashkelon this morning, according to media reports, the first time missiles from the Palestinian enclave have hit Israel for nearly two months.

Bashar al-Assad embraces Twitter but warns Europe that it will 'pay the price' if it arms Syrian rebels

Bashar al-Assad has warned Europe that it will live to regret arming rebel factions in the Syrian conflict, adding that the move would lead to the “export” of terrorism to the continent.

Israeli troops take part in a drill off the coast of Haifa

'Real men don't do poetry': Israeli army refuses to let IDF soldier read verses on the radio

Broadcast banned over fears it would 'ruin the image of the combat soldier'

Israeli president Shimon Peres, 90, says he expects peace with Palestinians within his lifetime

Elder statesman throws his weight behind John Kerry's Middle East peace initiative

Various rebel groups have long stated weapons is their most needed piece of equipment in fighting forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad

While the West deliberates, Saudi Arabia sends anti-aircraft missiles to arm anti-Assad rebels in Syria

Opposition fighters in Syria, preparing for a major onslaught by government forces in their northern strongholds around Aleppo, have been equipped for the first time with shoulder fired anti-aircraft missiles, it has emerged.

Hassan Rouhani has given his first news conference since being declared as Iran's new President-elect

No change on Iran's uranium enrichment and nuclear programme, says President-elect Hassan Rouhani

Hassan Rouhani has given his first news conference since being declared as Iran’s new President-elect, vowing to continue to enrich uranium and so putting him on a collision course with Western powers.

A rebel fighter in Aleppo, which could soon come under an assault from pro-Assad forces

Syria: Fears for Aleppo as Hezbollah fighters bolster Assad’s forces

Syrian rebels fought back against forces loyal to Bashar al-Assad in Aleppo on Sunday after losing territory to government forces in recent days. Having been driven out of the key town of Qusayr two weeks ago, rebel fighters have been flocking to Aleppo to shore up one of the few remaining opposition strongholds.

Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu has made Iran his priority since being returned to office in January

A 'victory for moderation' says new President of Iran, as supporters rejoice

Israel however is sceptical Rouhani will usher in change

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Scottish independence: How the Commonwealth Games could swing the vote

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Alexander Fury salutes the Eurovision Song Contest winner's latest triumph
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This year's most acrimonious sporting event took place in France, not Brazil. How did pétanque get so passionate?
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Whelks were the Victorian equivalent of the donor kebab and our stocks are abundant. So why do we now export them all to the Far East?
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No 10 is always centre of attention but Barça team-mate is just as crucial to finalists’ hopes
Siobhan-Marie O’Connor: Swimmer knows she needs Glasgow joy on road to Rio

Siobhan-Marie O’Connor: Swimmer needs Glasgow joy on road to Rio

18-year-old says this month’s Commonwealth Games are a key staging post in her career before time slips away
The true Gaza back-story that the Israelis aren’t telling this week

The true Gaza back-story that the Israelis aren’t telling this week

A future Palestine state will have no borders and be an enclave within Israel, surrounded on all sides by Israeli-held territory, says Robert Fisk
A History of the First World War in 100 Moments: The German people demand an end to the fighting

A History of the First World War in 100 Moments

The German people demand an end to the fighting
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New play reveals what Oscar Wilde said at trials

For a century, what Wilde actually said at his trials was a mystery. But the recent discovery of shorthand notes changed that. Now his grandson Merlin Holland has turned them into a play
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By the end of the century, the only living things left in our oceans could be plankton and jellyfish. Alex Renton meets the scientists who are trying to turn the tide
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Richard III review

Martin Freeman’s psychotic monarch is big on mockery but wanting in malice