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Shulamit Aloni was a legislator who championed civil rights and was fiercely critical of her country's treatment of Palestinian. Born in Tel Aviv between the wars, she was descended from Polish Jewish rabbinical families. Her life, as a fighter for equality and human rights, and her failure to change Israel's materialistic and paternalistc attitudes, closely reflect the troubled history of the Jewish state.

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Britain is to give an extra £10m to help more than 45,000 refugees fleeing the conflict in Syria, the International Development Secretary has announced.

UK to provide £10m funding boost for Syria refugees

Britain is to give an extra £10 million of funding to help more than 45,000 refugees fleeing the conflict in Syria, the International Development Secretary has announced.

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Syria's prime minister has defected to Jordan with his family after less than two months in the post.

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Radical preacher Abu Qatada lost his latest bid for freedom today.

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Disney heiress Abigail disowns her share of family profits in West Bank company

Abigail Disney – filmmaker, philanthropist and great-niece of the legendary animator Walt Disney – has publicly renounced her share of the family profits from an Israeli firm she claims is exploiting "occupied natural resources".

Syrian pilot defects to Jordan

A Syrian fighter pilot flew his plane to Jordan today and asked for political asylum, the first defection of an air force pilot with his plane during the 15-month uprising against President Bashar Assad.

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Is there a market for Saddam Hussein's autobiography? His eldest daughter Raghad thinks so. Now living in exile in Jordan, she's hawking the handwritten manuscript around publishers. Details of their contents or composition are unknown, but Raghad's lawyer, Haitham Nabil al-Harsh, told an Arab news channel: "These are the only real memoirs Saddam Hussein wrote by hand, and they will be released as soon as we find a publishing house."

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Influx of investors seeking safe haven may send franc to record high and hit nation's high rollers

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Tributes have been paid to a veteran seaman and lifeboat hero who died in an explosion off the coast of Qatar.

Theresa May has told Parliament that evidence obtained under torture will not be used against Abu Qatada

Claims of torture in Jordan throw May’s Qatada strategy into doubt

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Al-Qa'ida offer UK hostage swap for Qatada release

Al Qa'ida has offered to free a British hostage if the radical cleric Abu Qatada is released by the UK, a statement claimed today.

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The Government wants to deport radical cleric Abu Qatada

Theresa May launches fresh attempt to expel Abu Qatada from Britain

Theresa May today launched a fresh attempt to expel the radical preacher Abu Qatada from Britain, insisting the Home Office were convinced that his planned deportation was legal.

Labour hits out at Abu Qatada deportation delay

Home Secretary Theresa May has allowed "too much drift and delay" in the Government's bid to put radical cleric Abu Qatada on a plane back to Jordan, Labour said today.

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