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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu commends his military for ‘quick and forceful’ retaliation

An ultra-orthodox Jewish man and Israeli soldiers at the Western Wall in Jerusalem

Power struggle over ultra-orthodox Jews' right to dodge draft

There are currently 60,000 exemptions from service a year–for religious study

Our report last week on Mr Adnan

Palestinian prisoner Khader Adnan ends hunger strike

The Palestinian prisoner Khader Adnan ended his 66 day hunger strike yesterday after Israel agreed to release him in mid-April provided that no “significant” new evidence is found against him.

Shahar Peer was once refused entry but impressed organisers in 2010 and 2011

Diplomatic solution as Peer receives wild card into Dubai event

The very idea of an organisation here in the United Arab Emirates choosing to invite an Israeli to take part in a sporting event is highly improbable, given that there are no diplomatic relations between the two countries. The idea of such an invitation being extended to an Israeli once at the centre of a furore that threatened the future of one of the UAE's most important competitions might have seemed even more unlikely – but exactly that scenario is being played out here at this week's Dubai Duty Free Championships.

US steps up diplomacy to steer Israel away from pre-emptive attack on Iran

America's top general says sanctions are having effect as Tehran halts oil exports to Britain and France

Randa Jihad Adnan with a poster of her husband Khader Adnan, an Islamic Jihad leader on hunger strike

Khader Adnan: The West Bank's Bobby Sands

Khader Adnan's two-month hunger strike has made him a hero among Palestinians outraged by Israel's policy of arbitrary detention

Grief at West Bank school-bus tragedy

Seven children and a teacher were killed yesterday when a truck lost control in rainy weather and crashed into a school bus.

Palestinian children killed in bus crash

Seven children and a teacher have been killed when a truck lost control in rainy weather and crashed into a Palestinian school bus.

Mohammad Kharzei was caught at Bangkok’s main airport

Bangkok blasts were assassination attempts not terrorism, says Thai official

The explosive devices belonging to three Iranians that went off in Bangkok were more likely designed for assassinating people rather than large-scale terrorism, Thai officials have revealed. They also said the devices were similar to that used to attack the wife of an Israeli diplomat in Delhi earlier in the week.

Iran 'must be stopped' says Israel

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has warned that Iran is destabilising the world and its aggression must be stopped.

Iranian Saeid Morad had his legs blown off in Bangkok after he tried to throw a grenade at police which bounced off a tree back at him and exploded

Caught in his own blast: an Iranian targeting Israel

Police suspect terror strike in Bangkok is latest flashpoint in series of international attacks

Kim Sengupta: These attacks could serve as a catalyst for war

There is a perception that the Israelis must carry out any attacks before the US elections
Judy Murray is leading the current team

Great Britain to face Sweden in Fed Cup

Great Britain have been drawn away to Sweden in the Fed Cup World Group II play-offs on April 21-22.

Bangkok blasts wound Iranian attacker

An Iranian man was seriously wounded in Bangkok today when a bomb he was carrying exploded and blew one of his legs off.

Israel on alert over bomb attacks

Security has been stepped up across Israel following bomb attacks on its diplomats in India and Georgia.

Israel rejects Palestinian hunger-striker's appeal

A Palestinian prisoner who human rights organisations say may be "approaching death" after 58 days on hunger strike has lost his appeal against an order holding him for four months without trial.

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