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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Iranians go to the polls on Friday to elect a new president knowing that for the first time in eight years the country will be led by someone other than Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

Iran votes for new president to replace Mahmoud Ahmadinejad: Ayatollah Khamenei warns voters 'our enemies win if turnout is low'

Whether Iran’s new leader will herald a new era remains unclear

Pakistani soldiers standing guard in Karachi, ahead of last month's election

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Sole reformist candidate Mohammad Reza Aref withdraws from Iran elections to elect successor to Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

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People jubilating in the center of Qusayr as they celebrate the Syrian government's recapture of the town earlier in the week after nearly three weeks of heavy fighting

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Benjamin Netanyahu has warned that Israel could act to prevent the Syrian civil war from spilling into a buffer zone between the two countries

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Danny Danon has cast doubt on whether the country’s government is willing to accept a future Palestinian state

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Putin offers Russian troops as Golan Heights peacekeepers to replace Austrian forces

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Israel bolsters defences at Syrian border after regime forces take Golan

Meitur unit deployed along with infantry from other armored divisions

A picture taken on June 6, 2013 from the Israeli side along the Israel-Syria ceasefire line in the Golan Heights shows smoke billowing from a fire caused by clashes between Syrian rebels and forces loyal to the regime near the Quneitra crossing

Syria: Concern in Jerusalem as Austrian peacekeepers withdraw from regime-seized Golan Heights border crossing

A border crossing between Israel and Syria in the Golan Heights was the scene of heavy fighting yesterday, which eventually led to loyalist troops taking control of the position.

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