Yosef sits surrounded by Shas staff at a rally in 2002; he retained control over all party decisions

Rabbi Ovadia Yosef Religious leader who became a kingmaker

To his supporters, Rabbi Ovadia Yosef was a spiritual sage who empowered disenfranchised Sephardic Jews. To secular Israelis he was a medieval figure in flowing robes occasionally given to bizarre rants. But through his control of the Shas party Yosef wielded influence over all Israelis. His death leaves a vacuum that could see the party splinter, reshaping Israeli politics.

Tony Blair with the Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni at the UN General Assembly in New York last month

Israel stifles Palestinian growth, says World Bank

Easing restrictions on land and labour could boost the West Bank’s GDP by 35 per cent

Ultra-orthodox Jewish mourners carry the body of Rabbi Ovadia Yosef during his funeral in Jerusalem`

Hundreds of thousands crowd Jerusalem for funeral of leading scholar Rabbi Ovadia Yosef

Yosef had suffered from a variety of medical ailments for several years

Iran's Atomic Energy Organization president Ali Akbar Salehi said authorities had made the arrests at

Iran arrests four on suspicion of nuclear sabotage

Iran's nuclear chief said on Sunday that authorities arrested four workers in an alleged sabotage plot involving one of the country's nuclear facilities, hinting that authorities were looking at suspected international links such as Israel.

The protest march triggered clashes with police and troops

Egypt: More than 50 killed as Muslim Brotherhood protest on October war anniversary

Pro-military commemorations go on regardless, as General Sissi tells the people his army is 'like the pyramids' and cannot be broken

Kerry: Condemned ‘political silliness’

US shutdown sends wrong message to the world, warns John Kerry

The US Secretary of State, John Kerry, yesterday warned that the partial shutdown of the country's government sends a message to the world that Americans "can't get our own act together", encouraging others to make "mischief".

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he would be willing to speak by phone with the new Iranian President Hassan Rouhan

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin would accept Hassan Rouhani phone call about Iran nuclear programme

The Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said today that he would be willing to speak by phone with the new Iranian President Hassan Rouhani if the latter called him. But he stressed he would only tell the Iranian leader that Tehran should stop its nuclear programme.

Picture of the day: Cries of 'down with the murderer,' fill Cairo's streets

Supporters of deposed President Mohamed Morsi defied continuing attempts by the Egyptian authorities to destroy the Muslim Brotherhood by staging a series of nationwide demonstrations yesterday – a move which triggered violent clashes between protesters and police.

Tear gas fired as Pro-Morsi demonstrators clash with Egyptian security forces at Tahrir Square

Muslim Brotherhood calls for escalating protests ahead of Sunday's commemorations marking 1973 war with Israel

Iran claims cyber warfare expert not assassinated, as Israel remains cagey over involvement

Mojtaba Ahmadi is the latest in a string of Iranian commanders and scientists to meet an untimely end

After surviving the Nazi atrocities of the Second World War, Israel Gutman dedicated his life to researching the Holocaust

Israel Gutman: Holocaust survivor and researcher

Israel Gutman, who died in Jerusalem on 30 September at the age of 90, survived the Nazi atrocities of the Second World War then dedicated his life to researching the Holocaust. Born in Warsaw in 1923, he was wounded during fighting in the Warsaw Ghetto uprising in 1943 when a few hundred poorly armed Jews put up resistance to Nazi troops who were rounding up residents and sending them to death camps.

Supreme Court rejects citizens’ bid to have nationality declared as Israeli rather than Jewish

Veteran left-wing activist Uri Avnery, 89, labelled the judges ruling 'cowardly'

Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu addresses the UN in New York

'A wolf in sheep's clothing': Don’t be fooled - Iran still wants nuclear bomb, says Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu

Israeli Prime Minister tells UN General Assembly not  to be deceived by President Rouhani’s moderate tone

Benjamin Netanyahu speaks at the United Nations General Assembly

US cowardice will let Israel’s isolated right off the hook

The Likudists suddenly find that the whole world wants peace in the Middle East rather than war

The News Matrix: Tuesday 1 October 2013

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Tim Howard: I’m an old dog. I don’t get too excited

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