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There will be a state memorial service for the former prime minister tomorrow before he is buried in a private ceremony at his ranch

East Jerusalem homes dedication 'provocative'

Israeli right-wing politicians defiantly dedicated new Jewish homes in the heart of Arab-dominated East Jerusalem yesterday, less than a day after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed in a much-hyped speech that he would never divide Jerusalem.

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Rylance vs Pacino to play out at Tonys

The British actor Mark Rylance is to go head to head with Al Pacino at this year's Tony Awards in New York.

Escalation in revenge attacks pushes Israel closer to war

A rocket fired by Palestinian militants from Gaza struck an area close to Tel Aviv yesterday in a bold attack that could provoke Israel into a decisive strike and bring it one step closer to a new Middle East war. The latest attack, which injured nobody and landed in an unpopulated area 15 miles south of the city, will unsettle Israelis, who are used to seeing low-grade rockets and mortars drop mostly harmlessly in areas close to Gaza, but rarely feel threatened in cities such as Tel Aviv.

Fury and shock in Jerusalem as bomb attack shatters seven years of peace

Jerusalemites reacted with a mixture of anger and resignation after a bomb exploded at a crowded bus stop yesterday afternoon, killing one Israeli, in a grim reminder of the days of the Second Intifada.

High times in Jerusalem: How free-running is uniting Arab and Israeli teenagers

If freedom is a state of mind, so is parkour. The physical discipline, also known as free running, requires participants to move at speed through their environment, jumping roofs, flipping over walls, and swinging round any obstacle in their path.

That's what they mean by nursery slopes

Being pregnant didn't put Susie Mesure off trying out the pistes of La Tania, a small yet perfectly formed corner of the Alps

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Books: I've recently finished Jonathan Franzen's fantastic novel, 'Freedom'. Every sentence is so dark and to the heart of what is wrong with America. Celebrating dysfunctionality, as an expose of American psyche, it doesn't just hit the nail on the head – it slams it into the ground and kills it.

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Yad Vashem Holocaust archive now available online

Around 130,000 images from the world's largest Holocaust collection have been made available online for the first time in a bid to make them more accessible to people across the world.

The price of Jerusalem

I turned on Al Jazeera on Sunday to see a live interview with Maher Hanoun. In 2009, I was living with Maher’s family in the East Jerusalem neighbourhood of Sheikh Jarrah when they were evicted from their home.

Rioters turn their fury on Al Jazeera

Demonstrators daubed "Israeli spies" in paint on the offices of Al Jazeera yesterday, smashing windows and security cameras in protest at the leaked revelations by the Qatar-based broadcaster.

Palestinians deny leaked 'Jerusalem offer'

Palestinian negotiators denied offering a compromise over two of the toughest issues, Jerusalem and refugees, during peace talks with Israel in 2008.

Palestinians 'ready to give up Jerusalem sites'

Palestinians offered Israel "the biggest Jerusalem in history", including all but one of the large Israeli settlements built in the occupied Arab eastern sector, according to a major leak of detailed minutes of negotiations going back a decade.

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