News Aloni in 1992, the year she formed the Meretz Party

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.

Abu Qatada made his request from Belmarsh prison

King of Jordan removes last hurdle as he approves treaty designed to trigger removal of radical cleric Abu Qatada from UK

Agreement guarantees that torture evidence would not be used against 52-year-old

Australia beat Iraq to qualify for 2014 World Cup

They become the second team to qualify alongside Japan

A rebel fighter in Aleppo, which could soon come under an assault from pro-Assad forces

Syria: Fears for Aleppo as Hezbollah fighters bolster Assad’s forces

Syrian rebels fought back against forces loyal to Bashar al-Assad in Aleppo on Sunday after losing territory to government forces in recent days. Having been driven out of the key town of Qusayr two weeks ago, rebel fighters have been flocking to Aleppo to shore up one of the few remaining opposition strongholds.

Syria civil war: US will arm moderate rebels, says Barack Obama, confirming use of chemical weapons by President Bashar al-Assad's regime

Debate has been raging for weeks inside the White House over the worsening conflict

The radical cleric Abu Qatada

Jordan removes last hurdle after approving treaty designed to trigger removal of radical cleric Abu Qatada from UK

The Jordanian parliament has approved a treaty with the UK designed to trigger the removal of radical cleric Abu Qatada, the Home Office has said.

UN calls for £3.2bn aid for Syria in biggest ever humanitarian appeal as civil war expected to hit 10 million people

Target for humanitarian aid at record high as Geneva predicts civil war will hit 10 million people

On death row in an Egyptian prison – the retired British businessman who swears he was framed

Alastair Beach meets Charles Ferndale, the convicted  drug-smuggler imprisoned  on the banks of the Nile

Friends of Egyptian suspects react as they listen to the judge's verdict

US anger as 43 NGO workers are jailed in Egyptian crackdown

The American government publicly upbraided their Egyptian counterparts today after a court delivered jail sentences to 43 non-profit workers arrested during a high profile crackdown on rights and democracy groups.

Refugees on the Turkish border; charities warn they need more support

Middle East neighbours shamed into helping Syrian refugees

Aid fund increases after Independent on Sunday investigation, but refugees still need food and medical supplies

The News Matrix: Monday 27 May 2013

Pakistani lesbians marry in Britain

The mother and stepfather of murdered soldier Lee Rigby, Lyn and Ian Rigby and his wife Rebecca Rigby, grieve as his stepfather reads a family statement

Woolwich terror aftermath: Family of Lee Rigby
tell of their desperation after seeing news unfold
on TV of the horrific murder

The devastated family of the murdered soldier Lee Rigby told of their frantic attempts to contact the military drummer after seeing images of his killing on television.

Woolwich killing: Transcript of interview with family of Drummer Lee Rigby

The family of murdered Drummer Lee Rigby fought back tears as they paid tribute to him today.

UK Foreign Secretary William Hague with Jordanian Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh

'Friends of Syria' gather in hopes of bringing an end to Syria civil war

UK Foreign Secretary William Hague said meeting of 11 countries hoped to set early date for international summit

Abu Qatada made his request from Belmarsh prison

Abu Qatada denied bail over seized 'jihadist files'

'It was the appellant's obligation to understand the conditions of bail and ensure they were adhered to'

Syrian troops retake strategic town

Syrian troops have taken full control of a town near a highway linking the capital Damascus with the Jordanian border, a new advance in its campaign to drive rebels from the country's south, an activist group said today. 

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