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Netanyahu has asked Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas to do “to do everything he can to help bring the boys back in peace

Benjamin Netanyahu expected to call early elections after saying Israel is impossible to run

The Israeli Prime Minister said the current political situation must change

Inside Kobani: Amid the constant fighting and airstrikes, 2,000 residents live on

Video: Nearly 50,000 people used to live in Kobani before Isis came to town

The leader of the Islamic State group, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, delivering a sermon at a mosque in Iraq.

Isis leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi's 'wife and son detained in Lebanon'

She was reportedly arrested as they tried to cross from Syria

UN halts food aid to 1.7 million Syrian refugees after £40m funding shortfall

Britain is the second largest country donor to the Syrian crisis

A member of Ussud Al-Anbar, a group that is affiliated to Isis, holding up the black and white Islamist flag in Iraq’s Anbar province

Jihad isn't all it's cracked up to be, say disgruntled Isis recruits

Messages home contrast bizarrely with the image of implacable and hard-hearted jihad peddled by terror websites

Woman sleeps in car and has passport taken in ban against females driving over Saudi border

Loujain Hathloul is an active campaigner against the female driving ban

The bird was found carrying explosives, a camera and a tracking device

Video: Afghan police shoot down 'suicide bomb bird' carrying explosives

The region's chief of police said that officers became suspicious of the bird when they spotted it flying with an antenna on its back

What on earth is Nick Griffin doing in Syria?

Nick Griffin was ousted from the British National Party in October

'No hard evidence' of Isis claims it kidnapped Canadian-Israeli woman Gill Rosenberg

Gill Rosenberg is reported to have been captured with several other women fighting with Kurds

A member of Ussud Al-Anbar, a group that is affiliated to Isis, holding up the black and white Islamist flag in Iraq’s Anbar province

Two sets of British brothers who are cousins 'travelled to Syria to fight alongside Isis'

The men are said to make the largest number of Isis fighters in a British family

Pope Francis calls on Muslim leaders to issue global condemnation of Isis

The Pontiff hopes a condemnation would break the stereotype that Islam is linked with terrorism

An investigation has revealed the existence of 50,000 ‘ghost soldiers’ in the Iraqi army, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has said

Iraqi army revealed to have 50,000 'ghost soldiers' on its roll

Ghost employees are a well-known form of corruption in Iraq

An official of the Hand in Hand school inspects the damage after an arson attack. Scrawled on the walls in Hebrew are graffiti saying ‘Death to Arabs’ and ‘There’s no coexistence with cancer’

Max Rayne Hand in Hand school: Arsonists attack Jerusalem school where Jews and Muslims learn side by side

The bitterness of the Middle East conflict hit home for Ben Lynfield in Jerusalem, as the only school in the city where Jews and Muslims learn side by side – and which his three young daughters attend – is set alight

Arab-Israeli school in Jerusalem 'set on fire' and walls sprayed with racist graffiti

The source of the fire is believed to have been found in a pre-school classroom

Syria crisis: US-led coalition warplanes hit Isis capital with 30 air strikes in Raqqa

The warplanes assaulted the city of Raqqa on Friday night

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A timely reminder of the bloody anniversary we all forgot

A timely reminder of the bloody anniversary we all forgot

Who remembers that this week we enter the 150th anniversary year of the end of the American Civil War, asks Robert Fisk
Homeless Veterans appeal: Former soldiers pay their respects to a friend who also served

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Former soldiers pay their respects to a friend who also served
Downfall of Dustin 'Screech' Diamond, the 'Saved By The Bell' star charged with bar stabbing

Scarred by the bell

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Why 2014 was a year of technological let-downs

Why 2014 was a year of technological let-downs

Security breaches and overhyped start-ups dominated a year in which very little changed (save the size of your phone)
Cuba's golf revolution: But will the revolutionary nation take 'bourgeois' game to its heart?

Will revolutionary Cuba take 'bourgeois' golf to its heart?

Fidel Castro ridiculed the game – but now investment in leisure resort projects is welcome
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The Locked Room Mysteries

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Amy Adams on playing painter Margaret Keane in Tim Burton's Big Eyes

How I made myself Keane

Amy Adams hadn’t wanted to take the role of artist Margaret Keane, because she’d had enough of playing victims. But then she had a daughter, and saw the painter in a new light
Ed Richards: Parting view of Ofcom chief. . . we hate jokes on the disabled

Parting view of Ofcom chief... we hate jokes on the disabled

Bad language once got TV viewers irate, inciting calls to broadcasting switchboards. But now there is a worse offender, says retiring head of the media watchdog, Ed Richards
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Wear in review

A look back at fashion in 2014
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Ian Herbert: My 10 hopes for sport in 2015

Might just one of them happen?
War with Isis: The West needs more than a White Knight

The West needs more than a White Knight

Despite billions spent on weapons, the US has not been able to counter Isis's gruesome tactics, says Patrick Cockburn
Return to Helmand: Private Davey Graham recalls the day he was shot by the Taliban

'The day I was shot by the Taliban'

Private Davey Graham was shot five times during an ambush in 2007 - it was the first, controversial photograph to show the dangers our soldiers faced in Helmand province
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Revealed: the best and worst airlines for delays

Many flyers are failing to claim compensation to which they are entitled, a new survey has found
The stories that defined 2014: From the Scottish independence referendum to the Ice Bucket Challenge, our writers voice their opinions

The stories that defined 2014

From the Scottish independence referendum to the Ice Bucket Challenge, our writers voice their opinions
Stoke-on-Trent becomes first British city to be classified as 'disaster resilient' by the United Nations

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Which British city has become the first to be awarded special 'resilience' status by the UN?