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.

Tim Cahill pulls a goal back for Australia against Oman in a World Cup qualifier

Late goal saves Australia from humiliating defeat to Oman

Australia's poor start to World Cup qualification continues

Berezovsky’s multi-million pound mansion, Titness Park, in Mill Lane, Ascot, Berkshire
King Abdullah II at a press interview yesterday

Storm brewing as King Abdullah denies attacking the neighbours

Jordan's monarch hits out at US journalist as comments about several Arab leaders cause a stir

Decision on hold after Home Secretary's appeal against ruling that blocked Abu Qatada deportation

The Government's seemingly endless battle to deport the radical cleric Abu Qatada went back before the courts today.

The UN Disengagement Observer Force, which has monitored the border between Syria and Israel under the terms of a 1974 ceasefire, where the 21 hostages worked

UN hostages held on Syria-Israel border freed

Group, from the Philippines, transferred to Jordan after three days of captivity

Osama bin Laden's son-in-law and former spokesman, abu Ghaith

Osama bin Laden's son-in-law Suleiman Abu Ghaith to face New York court over terror charges

Suleiman Abu Ghaith, thought to have been involved in planning the 9/11 attacks, will answer terror charges in the USA

Meet Bushra - the 19-year-old mother who became the millionth refugee to flee Syria

In excess of half the refugees are children who face the prospect of having their lives forever blighted by the conflict

The family of the radical preacher Abu Qatada has won an injunction preventing protesters from demonstrating outside their home

Family of radical preacher Abu Qatada wins injunction preventing protests outside their home

The family of radical preacher Abu Qatada has won an injunction preventing protesters from demonstrating outside their home.

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'Third family member' contracts Sars-like virus

A second relative of a UK patient who recently contracted a potentially fatal Sars-like virus has become infected with the disease, taking the total to three within the family, health experts said.

The coldest winter in 20 years for Syrian refugees

With a a massive flow of refugees, there is still a long way to go before they get the support they need

Abu Musa was born in the biblical village of Bethany, near Jerusalem

Abu Musa: Hard-line Palestinian commander

Said Musa Maragha, better known by his nom de guerre, "Abu Musa", was a hard-line Palestinian military commander who rebelled against Yasser Arafat to form a rival party. He died in Damascus on 29 January at the age of 86.

Syrian refugees at a camp in Mafraq

UN struggles to cope with ‘unrelenting flow’ of families fleeing violence in Syria

The United Nations has said that it was struggling to cope with an “unrelenting flow” of families fleeing violence in Syria, as the number of documented refugees topped 700,000.

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev says that Assad’s chances of retaining power in Syria are getting 'smaller and smaller by the day'

Syrian refugee crisis may be much worse than UN says

President Assad’s chances of retaining power in Syria are getting “smaller and smaller by the day,” said Russia’s Prime Minister, Dmitry Medvedev, today.

A damaged car and buildings covered with snow are seen at Jouret al Shayah area in Homs

UK pledges further aid for Syrian refugees

UK's contribution stands at £89.5 million since fighting began

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The wars that come back to haunt us

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Nothing but the best for British astronaut as chef Heston Blumenthal cooks up his rations
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Greenwich horologists celebrate as it keeps to within a second of real time over a 100-day test
Fears in the US of being outgunned in the vital propaganda wars by Russia, China - and even Isis - have prompted a rethink on overseas broadcasters

Let the propaganda wars begin - again

'Accurate, objective, comprehensive': that was Voice of America's creed, but now its masters want it to promote US policy, reports Rupert Cornwell
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Japan's incredible long-distance runners

Every year, Japanese long-distance runners post some of the world's fastest times – yet, come next weekend, not a single elite competitor from the country will be at the London Marathon
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Tom Drury: The quiet American

His debut was considered one of the finest novels of the past 50 years, and he is every bit the equal of his contemporaries, Jonathan Franzen, Dave Eggers and David Foster Wallace
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You should judge a person by how they peel a potato

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Bill Granger cooks with fresh cheeses

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