News US Secretary of State John Kerry in Israel earlier this week

Currently into his 10th round of shuttle diplomacy, the United States Secretary of State knows the process demands very particular skills

Bruce Anderson: One week later and the world is more dangerous

Some had been under sentence of death. Now they thought they might be able to return to a free Iran

Benjamin Netanyahu: The Iranian people have expressed a deep desire for freedom

The following is a transcript of part of an interview that Israeli premier Benjamin Netanyahu gave to NBC's David Gregory on the channel's 'Meet the Press' programme on Sunday:

Netanyahu lays down the law on Palestinian statehood

Israeli Prime Minister opens the door to a two-state solution, but with strict conditions

Salam Fayyad: The two-state solution needs action as well as words

There is growing expectation that Israel's Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, may soon endorse the two-state solution. His speech tonight outlining his government's approach to Middle East peace affords him an opportunity he should not miss. No doubt some will laud any change in his opposition to the two-state solution as a "breakthrough". But what does a genuine endorsement of it entail?

Peres says Israel won't hit Iran's nuclear sites

President Shimon Peres rejected speculation Israel might attack Iran to stop it making nuclear weapons and said US-led diplomacy was the solution.

Axeman kills Israeli child

Netanyahu wins backing in Israeli PM contest

Benjamin Netanyahu's chances of becoming Israel's prime minister improved today after he won the conditional backing of a kingpin politician who heads a far-right party.

Rival leaders court the 'kingmaker of the right'

Lieberman wooed as horse-trading begins, while Netanyahu takes pole position in race to lead coalition

Battle for Israel as Netanyahu claims power despite party loss

Exit polls show Livni’s party ahead but facing struggle to form government

Israeli elections: Be afraid. Be very afraid

Donald Macintyre reports from Jerusalem on an election campaign that is still too close to call, but one with ominous portents

Livni takes poll lead as Israel heads for election

Tzipi Livni's Kadima party could beat the right-wing opposition in a new parliamentary election, according to two newspaper surveys published yesterday.

Olmert bows to pressure and announces resignation

Ehud Olmert finally bowed to the steadily mounting pressure arising from corruption and fraud allegations against him last night by announcing his resignation after his party chooses a new leader in just over six weeks.

Labour backs dissolution bill to force Olmert out

Israel's Labour Party yesterday took a first step towards backing a bill to dissolve parliament in a move designed to increase the pressure on Prime Minister Ehud Olmert to resign in response to corruption allegations.

Olmert urged to stand down over corruption claims

The Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's most powerful coalition partner has called on him to step aside in the face of widespread anger at allegations that he had repeatedly received envelopes stuffed with cash from a US businessman.

Olmert coalition ally demands he step aside

Israeli Defence Minister Ehud Barak called today for Prime Minister Ehud Olmert to step aside over corruption allegations or face a collapse of his coalition that would disrupt peace talks with the Palestinians.

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Israel-Gaza conflict: No victory for Israel despite weeks of death and devastation

Robert Fisk: No victory for Israel despite weeks of devastation

Palestinians have won: they are still in Gaza, and Hamas is still there
Mary Beard writes character reference for Twitter troll who called her a 'slut'

Unlikely friends: Mary Beard and the troll who called her a ‘filthy old slut’

The Cambridge University classicist even wrote the student a character reference
America’s new apartheid: Prosperous white districts are choosing to break away from black cities and go it alone

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Amazon is buying Twitch for £600m - but why do people want to watch others playing Xbox?

What is the appeal of Twitch?

Amazon is buying the video-game-themed online streaming site for £600m - but why do people want to watch others playing Xbox?
Tip-tapping typewriters, ripe pongs and slides in the office: Bosses are inventing surprising ways of making us work harder

How bosses are making us work harder

As it is revealed that one newspaper office pumps out the sound of typewriters to increase productivity, Gillian Orr explores the other devices designed to motivate staff
Manufacturers are struggling to keep up with the resurgence in vinyl records

Hard pressed: Resurgence in vinyl records

As the resurgence in vinyl records continues, manufacturers and their outdated machinery are struggling to keep up with the demand
Tony Jordan: 'I turned down the chance to research Charles Dickens for a TV series nine times ... then I found a kindred spirit'

A tale of two writers

Offered the chance to research Charles Dickens for a TV series, Tony Jordan turned it down. Nine times. The man behind EastEnders and Life on Mars didn’t feel right for the job. Finally, he gave in - and found an unexpected kindred spirit
Could a later start to the school day be the most useful educational reform of all?

Should pupils get a lie in?

Doctors want a later start to the school day so that pupils can sleep later. Not because teenagers are lazy, explains Simon Usborne - it's all down to their circadian rhythms
Prepare for Jewish jokes – as Jewish comedians get their own festival

Prepare for Jewish jokes...

... as Jewish comedians get their own festival
SJ Watson: 'I still can't quite believe that Before I Go to Sleep started in my head'

A dream come true for SJ Watson

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10 best cycling bags for commuters

Gear up for next week’s National Cycle to Work day with one of these practical backpacks and messenger bags
Paul Scholes: Three at the back isn’t working yet but given time I’m hopeful Louis van Gaal can rebuild Manchester United

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Three at the back isn’t working yet but given time I’m hopeful Louis van Gaal can rebuild Manchester United
Kate Bush, Hammersmith Apollo music review: A preamble, then a coup de théâtre - and suddenly the long wait felt worth it

Kate Bush shows a voice untroubled by time

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Robot sheepdog technology could be used to save people from burning buildings

The science of herding is cracked

Mathematical model would allow robots to be programmed to control crowds and save people from burning buildings
Tyrant: Is the world ready for a Middle Eastern 'Dallas'?

This tyrant doesn’t rule

It’s billed as a Middle Eastern ‘Dallas’, so why does Fox’s new drama have a white British star?