Voices In today's relaxed Tehran, headscarves are being worn back from the face

Ex-home secretary Jack Straw returns from a visit to Tehran convinced that it’s time for the West to rethink its relationship with the regime


A year ago, crowds danced in the streets as Benjamin Netanyahu swept to power in Israel. Now, in the wake of numerous political crises and his wife's untimely revelations, is it just a question of time before his squabbling government collapses around him?

Netanyahu pledges to build in revenge

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Netanyahu faces further revolt

For the third time in the first 50 days of Benjamin Netanyahu's right- wing government, David Levy, his touchy, rebellious Foreign Minister, is arm-wrestling with the Prime Minister.

Embarrassments mount up for Netanyahu

Ultra-Orthodox Jews, whose swing vote put Binyamin Netanyahu in power a month ago, yesterday blocked his appointment of the steamrolling former Defence Minister, Ariel Sharon, to a new hybrid National Infrastructure portfolio.

Christians squeezed in struggle for Holy City

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Five words and why I never worked for Maxwell

WHEN I presented myself at the London offices of Robert Maxwell, I was told that he wanted me to introduce myself to an American employee of his, Matthew Wilkes.

Sharon throws down gauntlet for top job

JERUSALEM (Reuter) - Ariel Sharon, the Israeli right-winger, split the foundering opposition Likud party yesterday by launching a campaign to unseat the Prime Minister, Yitzhak Rabin, in elections scheduled for 1996.

Sharon renews offensive against self-rule: Israel's 'most dangerous hawk' tells the 'Independent' of his opposition to government accords with the Palestinians

WHILE Israelis and Palestinians closet themselves in negotiating rooms this week, to map out Palestinian self-rule, Ariel Sharon, described in Israeli political circles as the country's 'most dangerous hawk', traces boundaries of a different kind, in his office in Tel Aviv.

Shamir remarks on autonomy 'misinterpreted'

FURTHER evidence of disarray within the Likud government emerged yesterday when Yitzhak Shamir, the outgoing Prime Minister, denied the interpretation placed upon remarks last week in which he disclosed a secret agenda for the Middle East peace talks.
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