Iranian concessions on nuclear issues are not going to lead to an agreement

The Reformists in Iran will be vulnerable to allegations that they are negotiating from weakness

France was at the centre of a diplomatic storm today after the French Foreign Minister, Laurent Fabius, was accused of sabotaging a deal with Iran which would end almost a decade-long standoff over the Iranian nuclear programme

Le Grand Satan? France under fire for tough line on Iran nuclear programme

France was at the centre of a diplomatic storm today after the French Foreign Minister was accused of sabotaging a deal with Iran which would end almost a decade-long standoff over the Iranian nuclear programme.

(Left to right) Foreign Secretary William Hague, with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, Germany's Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle, and top EU diplomat Catherine Ashton

Iran talks end with failure to reach agreement over nuclear programme

Optimism for a potential breakthrough in the decade-long dispute was raised when senior politicians joined the talks

Nuclear power: Sanctions against Iran have speeded up the weapons programme

Whatever Israel says, it is Iran that's offering the concessions

World View: A deal on nuclear weapons has been on the cards since President Obama decided not to attack Syria

Rugby round-up: All Blacks forced to repel spirited French fightback

The All Blacks took until the second half to break open their match against France in Paris and finished it on the back foot as the home side battled to complete what would have been a remarkable comeback before going down 26-19.

Maldivians finally vote to elect new president

After two months of political bickering and repeated failure to hold an election, Maldives voters headed to the polls today to elect a new president for their vulnerable new democracy.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says country may use military force to stop Iran from attaining nuclear weaponry

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu condemns 'deal of the century' for Iran over nuclear treaty

Leader says Israel may use military force to stop Iran from attaining nuclear weaponry

John Kerry flies to Geneva from Tel Aviv, after talks with Binyamin Netanyahu

Nuclear deal for Iran tantalisingly close – but US Secretary of State John Kerry warns that tensions in Middle East remain

Hopes rise for nuclear deal with Iran, to the fury of Israel and Saudi Arabia

Messianic Judaism – the best of both creeds

For Jews to become Christians, do they have to renounce their Jewish way of life?

Former Palestinian Leader Yasser Arafat

British expert says it's 'highly unlikely' Arafat was poisoned

Symptoms are very different from those of the Russian dissident Alexander Litvinenko, says Professor Nicholas Priest

Former Palestinian Leader Yasser Arafat

Was Yasser Arafat murdered? ‘Lethal levels of polonium’ found in body of Palestinian leader

Death of leader seriously weakened the Palestinian cause and removed the one figure who could unite the diverse and quarrelsome Palestinian groups

Avigdor Lieberman at the Western Wall in Jerusalem after being acquitted of fraud and breach of trust charges

Avigdor Lieberman cleared of corruption charges by Israeli court and free to rejoin government

An Israeli court has cleared the hard-right politician Avigdor Lieberman of corruption charges, paving the way for him to resume the post of Foreign Minister and to re-emerge in a strengthened position as a potential successor to the Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu.

A Palestinian man shouts at Israeli soldiers after the demolition of tin shacks, animal shelters, tents and water wells in Aqraba village, near the settlement of Itamar, Nablus, West Bank

The Israelis who want to take rather than give away territory: Government faction opposes idea of Palestinian state

Ministers in the ruling coalition are preparing details of their own vision for how Israel should proceed unilaterally after the current round of peace talks fails

US to provide Palestine $75m aid boost, announces John Kerry

US Secretary of State John Kerry says the United States will provide an additional $75 million (£46 million) in aid to create Palestinian jobs and help them improve roads, schools and other infrastructure.

Children look on as Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem Fouad Twal (centre) stands amongst the ruins of a Palestinian home a week after it was demolished by the Israeli authority in East Jerusalem

Israel orders more demolitions of Palestinian flats in Jerusalem

Move to demoliish hundreds of Arab apartments ‘destroying every chance of peace’, says Fatah

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