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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Hassan Rohani is the most reform-minded candidate

Iran censors newspaper ahead of July’s presidential poll

Newspaper close to Ahmadinejad suspended while supporters of moderate rounded up

Syria: Opposition set to boycott peace talks, saying Hezbollah's involvement makes dialogue 'impossible'

Comments come as a blow to international community, which has been at loggerheads over how to end the conflict

Mahmoud Abbas and Peres who posed for a three-way handshake with US Secretary of State John Kerry

Handshake to further peace talks: John Kerry oversees breakthrough handshake between Shimon Peres and Mahmoud Abbas

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Syria must become a 'resistance nation like Hezbollah' says President Bashar al-Assad

Syria's Assad regime agrees to attend first peace conference with rebels

Meeting would be the first time the Syrian government has met face-to-face with rebel groups since the start of the two year-long civil war

William Hague, left, shakes hands with Israeli President Shimon Peres

Don't let talks over two-state solution drift, warns Hague

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UK Foreign Secretary William Hague with Jordanian Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh

'Friends of Syria' gather in hopes of bringing an end to Syria civil war

UK Foreign Secretary William Hague said meeting of 11 countries hoped to set early date for international summit

25,000 attend huge wedding between Ultra-Orthodox Jewish families

There was standing room only in Jerusalem on Monday night as the heir to one of the most important Jewish ultra-orthodox families married his bride, in front as many as 25,000 guests.

Former Iranian President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani

Reformist blocked from running for Iranian presidency

One of Iran's most reform-minded presidential candidates has been barred from standing in next month's presidential ballot by the conservative Guardian Council leaving just eight men on the ballot paper, all of whom are considered hardliners.

Third exchange of fire over Golan Heights in a week heightens concern at violence on Israel-Syria border

Israeli and Syrian troops exchanged fire across the Golan Heights today, the third time this week that the two sides have clashed across the disputed border.

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