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Abbas willing to find way out of deadlock, says ashton

Hours after Palestinians declared that talks with Israel were "over," the European Union's foreign policy chief Baroness Ashton has insisted that the peace process is not at an impasse.

A Palestinian man is helped back to his feet after Israeli bulldozers destroyed a tin shack in Um al-Kheir, in the occupied West Bank region of Hebron yesterday

Palestinians to walk away from peace talks

President Abbas blames Israeli settlements for failed bid to revive top-level negotiations

Khaled Meshaal, left, was keen to broker a deal with President Mahmoud Abbas of Fatah, right

Uncertainty in Hamas as leader decides to quit

Meshaal's departure may affect movement's shift to a more moderate stance towards Israel

Police raids aim to stamp out sales of Barbie dolls

Iran has opened up a new front in its propaganda war with the West – by cracking down on the sale of Barbie dolls. Iran's feared morality police has raided shops selling Barbie dolls, confiscating the popular toy from stores and forcing some shopkeepers to close.

Iran 'can build nuclear bomb now'

An Israeli former intelligence chief has said that Iran could build a nuclear bomb any time it wants, a claim that could aggravate tensions between Israel and the United States and heighten fears that the Jewish state could launch a pre-emptive strike on Iran's nuclear facilities.

Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman faces charges of money-laundering

Could corruption trial stop the rise of the black sheep of Israeli politics?

Described once by an American magazine editor as a "neo-fascist" and a "certified gangster", Israel's firebrand Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman is no stranger to controversy. It has not stopped him from building up a devoted following that has propelled his party to the forefront of Israeli politics.

General Martin Dempsey: A former combat commander in Iraq, he became head of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff last September

US military chief heads to Israel to avert attack on Iran

President Barack Obama's top military adviser will arrive in Israel this week amid deepening fears in Washington that the country is planning a pre-emptive strike against Iran's nuclear facilities.

Russia warns of Syrian no-fly zone claim

Russia has claimed that Nato is preparing to impose a no-fly zone in Syria to protect rebel fighters, a move that would dramatically escalate the 10-month uprising.

Ultraorthodox men with a sign reading: 'Women are asked not to linger here'

Sexism and the state of Israel

Driven by a theology that refuses to grant women equal rights, ultraorthodox Jews have begun to flex their misogynist muscles. But, says Catrina Stewart, a fightback has begun

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Arab League to discuss fate of Syria mission

Mounting criticism of monitors' response as French President calls for Assad to stand down

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