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Benjamin Netanyahu (right) and Philip Hammond at the press conference in Jerusalem yesterday

Israel-Gaza conflict: Israelis pound Gaza ‘at full force’ despite demands for ceasefire

US Secretary of State, John Kerry, said the deadly incident at a UN school 'underscores the need to end the violence'

Michael Bloomberg defends Israel trip in tense CNN interview

Former Mayor of New York blasts CNN presenter for "insulting America" by asking if the FAA ban was introduced for political reasons

Bill Clinton greets conference attendees at the International Aids Conference in Melbourne

'Aids-free generation' is within our reach, Bill Clinton tells international summit

Ex-President also uses Aids 2014 Conference in Melbourne to condemn downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 which saw six researchers and activists killed

Michael Bloomberg: 'No way, no how' will he run for President

US bans Israel flights: Michael Bloomberg defies ban and flies to Tel Aviv

The former NY mayor and media mogul called on US aviation authorities to lift the ban immediately after handing a 'victory to Hamas' by halting flights to Israel

Bodies are removed from the site

Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash: Russia votes for independent investigation into downing of jet in UN Security Council

Moscow faces repeated and sometimes harsh criticism for its perceived failure to force separatists to allow access to the site

In a joint statement EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton and Iran Foreign Minister Mohammad Javas Zarif, said “tangible progress” had been made on “some of the issues“.

US set to unblock $2.8bn in frozen Iranian assets as reward for cooperation

Nuclear talks extended for 'credible prospect' of deal

A woman crosses herself amid flowers and candles outside the Dutch Embassy in Kiev yesterday

Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash: Russia pledges full co-operation as experts arrive at Ukraine crash site

The world community heaped pressure on Moscow today as evidence mounted that pro-Russian separatists were responsible for shooting down Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 over Ukraine.

Earlier the Council stood in silence in tribute to the victims of the crash

Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash: Obama - 'We’re going to make sure that truth gets out'

The UN Security Council earlier issued a joint statement calling for an 'independent, international investigation' of the crash

The officials are based in Pakistan’s Knightsbridge embassy

Claims of rape and child abduction included in allegations against diplomatic staff based at embassies in Britain, official data reveals

The data showed that 14 foreign diplomats faced allegations of crimes last year

Soft power: Matthew Barzun

Matthew Barzun: America's diplomatic dude

The US Ambassador to London holds 'jeans and beer' gigs at his official residence – it's all part of the job, he tells Chris Green
People run for safety during an Israeli air attack

Israel-Gaza conflict: Israel bids to ‘dismantle Hamas terror machine’ as attack plans harden

Ground offensive gains support after cross-border rocket launches continue for a fourth day

Smoke rises following an Israeli missile strike on Rafah

Israel-Gaza conflict: US seeks Arab ally to broker ceasefire

The US is signalling that it is looking for ways to broker an urgent ceasefire between Hamas and Israel, amid growing concern about a possible Israeli ground offensive in the coming days.

William Hague speaks to the media at the Iraqi ministry of foreign affairs in Baghdad, Iraq, 26 June 2014. Hague arrived in Baghdad on an unannounced visit for talks on the Iraq's turmoil.

William Hague presses case of murdered Britons with new Indian government

Six men were initially charged with the murder of the British citizens but they were released on bail

Campaign group is 'appalled' after proposed case accusing defence companies of torture equipment marketing collapses

State prosecutors were yesterday accused of “abject failure” to ensure two defence companies answer allegations of marketing torture equipment at the world’s largest arms fair in London after a private case against the firms collapsed.

Relatives and friends of the al-Kaware family carry one of the seven members of the family to the mosque during their funeral in Khan Yunis. The father and his six sons were all killed in an Israeli air strike

Gaza crisis: Israel's Prime Minister promises to 'increase the assault' on Hamas until it stops firing rockets

The Gaza conflict intensifies as 47 people are killed and militants fire long-range rocket

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In 2010, Sgt Gary Jamieson stepped on an IED in Afghanistan and lost his legs and an arm. He reveals what, and who, helped him to make a remarkable recovery
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Could cannabis oil reverse effects of cancer?

As a film following six patients receiving the controversial treatment is released, Kate Hilpern uncovers a very slippery issue
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Serial mania has propelled podcasts into the cultural mainstream

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People have consumed gripping armchair investigation Serial with a relish typically reserved for box-set binges
Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up for hipster marketing companies

Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up

Kevin Lee Light, aka "Jesus", is the newest client of creative agency Mother while rival agency Anomaly has launched Sexy Jesus, depicting the Messiah in a series of Athena-style poses
Rosetta space mission voted most important scientific breakthrough of 2014

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Mulled wine is an essential seasonal treat. But now drinkers are rediscovering other traditional festive tipples. Angela Clutton raises a glass to Christmas cocktails
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Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Club World Cup kicked into the long grass by the continued farce surrounding Blatter, Garcia, Russia and Qatar
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Frank Warren: Boxing is back and winning new fans

2014 proves it's now one of sport's biggest hitters again
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Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton

Karen Tumulty explores the power dynamics of the two first families
Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley with a hotbed of technology start-ups

Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley

The Swedish capital is home to two of the most popular video games in the world, as well as thousands of technology start-ups worth hundreds of millions of pounds – and it's all happened since 2009
Did Japanese workers really get their symbols mixed up and display Santa on a crucifix?

Crucified Santa: Urban myth refuses to die

The story goes that Japanese store workers created a life-size effigy of a smiling "Father Kurisumasu" attached to a facsimile of Our Lord's final instrument of torture
Jennifer Saunders and Kate Moss join David Walliams on set for TV adaptation of The Boy in the Dress

The Boy in the Dress: On set with the stars

Walliams' story about a boy who goes to school in a dress will be shown this Christmas