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

Vladimir Putin has offered to send Russian troops to act as peacekeepers in the Golan Heights after Austria said it would withdraw its forces following violent clashes in the area earlier this week.

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.

Sorry Yair Lapid, charm and good looks alone won't get you very far in Israeli politics

Less than two months after taking office and after passing a controversial budget, the the career prospects of this telegenic finance minister are looking at lot less rosy

'Gay rights activist' arrested over Tel Aviv gay youth centre attack that left two dead

Action comes just a day before city's annual gay pride festival

The head of Al-Qa'ida, Ayman al-Zawahr

Al-Qa'ida head Ayman al-Zawahri posts video call for Syrians to topple President Assad after fall of border town Qusayr

'America, its agents and allies want you to bring down the criminal Baathist regime, and then set up a government loyal to them'

Iranian women hold portraits of Ayatollah Jalaleddin Taheri during his funeral i

Video: Iran funeral for dissident Ayatollah Jalaluddin Taheri turns into anti-government protest - only 10 days ahead of Iran's presidential elections

Crowds chant 'death to the dictator' in reference to supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius

Britain joins France in confirming deadly nerve agent sarin has been used in Syria

UN report claims chemical weapons have been used by both sides in civil war

William Hague argued that the move would boost the democratic accountability of the national parliaments in the EU’s 27 member states

Britain unsure whether to arm Syrian rebels, says William Hague

Britain is unsure about whether to arm the rebel groups in Syria and will only decide after a peace conference, which the international community is hoping to host in Geneva in the coming weeks.

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

Israel prepares as war clouds gather: Russia's determination to supply S-300 missiles to Assad's Syrian regime raises fears of arming Hezbollah

Russia’s insistence that it will supply Syria with S300 missiles has heightened fears that they could fall into the hands of Hezbollah

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In grandfather's footsteps

5 News's political editor Andy Bell only knows his grandfather from the compelling diary he kept during WWI. But when he returned to the killing fields where Edwin Vaughan suffered so much, his ancestor came to life
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The lifestyle guru used the drone to get a bird's eye view her 153-acre farm in Bedford, New York
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Eye on the prize

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The day America’s love of backyard tigers led to a horrific bloodbath

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How Samuel Beckett became a French Resistance spy

As this year's Samuel Beckett festival opens in Enniskillen, James Knowlson, recalls how the Irish writer risked his life for liberty and narrowly escaped capture by the Gestapo
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Relatives still honour those who fought in the Great War
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