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.

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Sven Goran Eriksson turns down chance to manage 1860 Munich

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Syrian President Bashar al-Assad

Britain and US fear Syrian chemical weapons could fall into the hands of extreme Islamist groups

The prospect of Syria’s chemical arsenal falling into the hands of extremist Islamists among the rebels fighting the country’s bloody civil war is a matter of mounting concern for the West.

Deals of the week: Eurostar, Austria, Jordan

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Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov (L) shake hands with UN-Arab League peace envoy Lakhdar Brahimi as they arrive for talks in Moscow

Russian Foreign Minister blames Syrian opposition for deadlock

Russia's foreign minister declared a deadlock on Saturday in the latest efforts to resolve the Syrian crisis, blaming the Syrian opposition for refusing to negotiate with the government and reiterating that Moscow will not force President Bashar Assad to leave.

175 foreign criminals deported under new UKBA crackdown

More than 175 foreign criminals have been deported under a new crackdown, including a violent sex offender and an Indian man who attempted to defraud department store Harrods.

Palestinians and Syrians who fled violence in their country are seen at the Masnaa Lebanese border crossing with Syria as people stamp their documents before entering Lebanon on December 19, 2012. A large number of Palestinians refugees and others who fled the Damascus suburb of Yarmuk and the Yarmuk refugee camp arrived at the border crossing fleeing the fighting in and around their district. According to the United Nations agency for Palestinian refugees the population of the refugee camp has halved as Syrian rebels made advances in a fierce battle for control of the camp in southern Damascus the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

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Theresa May described Qatada as

February court date set for Theresa May's appeal against decision to let Abu Qatada stay in UK

Home Secretary Theresa May's appeal against the decision to allow radical preacher Abu Qatada to stay in the UK is due to be heard on February 25.

Hamas chief Khaled Meshaal, front left, alongside Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh in Gaza yesterday

Khaled Meshaal's return gives Palestinians new hope for unity

Hamas' exiled political leader pledges to work with Fatah on his first visit to Gaza since 1967

Khaled Meshaal has helped build Hamas into strong force since he became leader in 1996

Hamas leader returns to Gaza to a hero's welcome

Khaled Meshaal is making his first visit in 45 years to celebrate the founding of the group

Theresa May wins Abu Qatada court appeal bid

Home Secretary Theresa May has been granted permission to appeal against the decision to allow radical preacher Abu Qatada to stay in the UK, court officials said today.

Russian Foreign minister, Sergei Lavrov

Russia says West has exaggerated chemical weapons threat from Syria

The West is aware that its’ claims about the threat from the Syrian regime’s chemical weapons does not stand up to scrutiny, the Russian government charged today.

SIAC ruled that Qatada should not be deported to Jordan last month

Home Secretary Theresa May launches legal challenge to Abu Qatada ruling

SIAC ruled that Qatada should not be deported to Jordan last month

The Weekend’s Viewing: An alien or just a decomposing racoon? Take a guess...

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Crowds wave Palestinian flags in the West Bank city of Ramallah yesterday

Palestinian rivals unite to celebrate UN statehood vote

Thousands of Palestinians took to the streets throughout the West Bank and Gaza today to celebrate a United Nations General Assembly vote which was expected to indirectly recognise a Palestinian state, by upgrading the Palestinian Authority's status from that of observer to non-member state.

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