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Joshua Greene, a Harvard psychologist turned moral philosopher, gets it right about at least one thing in Moral Tribes.  “This is an ambitious book,” he tells us on page five. Its goal? To find “a metamorality, a global philosophy that can adjudicate among competing tribal moralities”. So, an answer to all conflicts between the world's nations, cultures, religions and factions? As a reader, you can't help but wish him luck.

An Ultra-Orthodox Jewish man prays at the Western Wall in Jerusalem's Old City during a snowstorm on 13 December 2013

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A rare snowstorm has blanketed Jerusalem, forcing a lockdown with police blocking access to and from the city.

Nelson Mandela memorial service: Tributes paid to 'giant of history'

President Obama told Johannesburg Mandela 'not only freed the prisoners, he freed the jailers as well'

RAF helicopter in forced landing near minefield in West Bank

An RAF helicopter made a forced landing near the West Bank town of Jericho yesterday, the Ministry of Defence has confirmed.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu shakes John Kerry's hand

John Kerry seeks to soothe Israel with security pledge

US Secretary of State John Kerry has made a fresh foray to salvage Israeli-Palestinian peacemaking, presenting to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ideas for security arrangements in the West Bank in a bid to jump-start the flagging diplomacy.

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Former Palestinian Leader Yasser Arafat

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Report appears to contradict findings of a Swiss team which 'supported' possibility the Palestinian leader was killed with polonium 210

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu meets Pope Francis and gives him a book by his father on the Spanish Inquisition

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday gave Pope Francis a book about the Inquisition in Spain written by his late father, an expert on the Catholic Church's forced conversion and expulsion of Jews in the 15th century.

Lion cubs Fajr and Sjel are fed by a keeper at Bissan

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Egyptian military soldiers inspect the scene near the destroyed bus

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There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack, but this is a signature method used by militant groups linked to or inspired by al-Qaida

Fajr and Sjel are less than a week old

Hamas unveils lion cubs at Gaza zoo

The cubs' names are a reminder of last year's conflict with Israel

Israeli settlement plans abandoned to avoid ‘confrontation’ with international community

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says blueprints were drawn up without his approval

The female face of Hamas: Isra Al-Modallal

A move in the right direction? After years of restricting women's rights Hamas hires Isra Al-Modallal as its first female spokesperson

During her teenage years, Isra Al-Modallal was a schoolgirl in Yorkshire. She travelled from her home in Bradford, which she shared with her older brother, to Grange Technology College, two miles outside the city centre.

Avigdor Lieberman smiles before he is sworn in as the Israeli foreign minister

Israeli hard-liner Avigdor Lieberman returns as foreign minister

Hard-line Israeli politician Avigdor Lieberman, one of Israel's most powerful and polarizing figures, was reappointed as the country's foreign minister Monday after being cleared of all charges in a long-running corruption case.

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