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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

Rare snowstorm leaves Jerusalem in lockdown

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.

The News Matrix: Thursday 5 December 2013

Hope for dementia drug breakthrough

The News Matrix: Wednesday 4 December 2013

Court warning for social networkers

Former Palestinian Leader Yasser Arafat

Yasser Arafat death: French investigators 'rule out' poisoning

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

Gaza zoo's lion cubs die

Amusement centre's manager confirms Sjel and Fajr has been unwell since birth

Egyptian military soldiers inspect the scene near the destroyed bus

10 killed in soldiers’ bus rammed by Sinai suicide car bomber

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.

The News Matrix: Saturday 9 November 2013

Teenager jailed for 18 years for murder

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Burgundy, the River Rhone & Provence – MS Swiss Corona - seven nights from £999pp
Lake Maggiore, Orta and the Matterhorn – seven nights from £899pp
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Istanbul Ephesus & Troy – six nights from £859pp
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A new Russian revolution: Cracks start to appear in Putin’s Kremlin power bloc

A new Russian revolution

Cracks start to appear in Putin’s Kremlin power bloc
Eugene de Kock: Apartheid’s sadistic killer that his country cannot forgive

Apartheid’s sadistic killer that his country cannot forgive

The debate rages in South Africa over whether Eugene de Kock should ever be released from jail
Standing my ground: If sitting is bad for your health, what happens when you stay on your feet for a whole month?

Standing my ground

If sitting is bad for your health, what happens when you stay on your feet for a whole month?
Commonwealth Games 2014: Dai Greene prays for chance to rebuild after injury agony

Greene prays for chance to rebuild after injury agony

Welsh hurdler was World, European and Commonwealth champion, but then the injuries crept in
Israel-Gaza conflict: Secret report helps Israelis to hide facts

Patrick Cockburn: Secret report helps Israel to hide facts

The slickness of Israel's spokesmen is rooted in directions set down by pollster Frank Luntz
The man who dared to go on holiday

The man who dared to go on holiday

New York's mayor has taken a vacation - in a nation that has still to enforce paid leave, it caused quite a stir, reports Rupert Cornwell
Best comedians: How the professionals go about their funny business, from Sarah Millican to Marcus Brigstocke

Best comedians: How the professionals go about their funny business

For all those wanting to know how stand-ups keep standing, here are some of the best moments
The Guest List 2014: Forget the Man Booker longlist, Literary Editor Katy Guest offers her alternative picks

The Guest List 2014

Forget the Man Booker longlist, Literary Editor Katy Guest offers her alternative picks
Jokes on Hollywood: 'With comedy film audiences shrinking, it’s time to move on'

Jokes on Hollywood

With comedy film audiences shrinking, it’s time to move on
It's the best of British art... but not all is on display

It's the best of British art... but not all is on display

Voted for by the British public, the artworks on Art Everywhere posters may be the only place where they can be seen
Critic claims 'I was the inspiration for Blanche DuBois'

Critic claims 'I was the inspiration for Blanche DuBois'

Blanche Marvin reveals how Tennessee Williams used her name and an off-the-cuff remark to create an iconic character
Sometimes it's hard to be a literary novelist

Sometimes it's hard to be a literary novelist

Websites offering your ebooks for nothing is only the latest disrespect the modern writer is subjected to, says DJ Taylor
Edinburgh Fringe 2014: The comedy highlights, from Bridget Christie to Jack Dee

Edinburgh Fringe 2014

The comedy highlights, from Bridget Christie to Jack Dee
Dame Jenny Abramsky: 'We have to rethink. If not, museums and parks will close'

Dame Jenny Abramsky: 'We have to rethink. If not, museums and parks will close'

The woman stepping down as chair of the Heritage Lottery Fund is worried