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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.

Israel could be about to embark on a major building project in West Bank

Middle East peace process hits stumbling block as Israel 'considers new West Bank building project'

Israel could be about to embark on a major building project in West Bank settlements, just a day after the US Secretary of State, John Kerry, announced that peace talks between the Israelis and Palestinians were back on track.

European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton

Robert Fisk: Baroness Ashton's low-key approach gets her all the way to Mohamed Morsi’s secret location

The 2011 Revolution showed how mature Egyptians were, even after dictatorships

US Secretary of State John Kerry makes a statement with Israeli Justice Minister Tzipi Livni (left) and Palestinian chief negotiator Saeb Erekat during a press conference on the Middle East Peace Process Talks, in Washington

John Kerry says Middle East peace 'possible in nine months', but formidable obstacles remain

The sticking points are familiar ones: security, borders, the right of return for Palestinian refugees since 1948, the status of Jerusalem, and a formal recognition of the Jewish state

President Barack Obama has welcomed the Israeli-Palestinian peace talks as a 'promising step forward'

President Obama welcomes start of Israeli-Palestinian talks - but 'hard choices' lie ahead

President Barack Obama welcomed the Israeli-Palestinian peace talks that started in Washington on Monday as a “promising step forward” but warned that “hard choices” lie ahead.

Lev Leviev

Meet Lev Leviev, the billionaire who lost his sparkle in Cannes jewellery heist

The Carlton Intercontinental hotel on the exclusive Promenade de la Croisette in Cannes was the setting for an extraordinarily brazen diamond heist at the weekend, in which a lone gunman strolled into a jewellery exhibition taking place at the hotel and stuffed a suitcase with millions of pounds worth of Leviev diamonds before walking out. The owner of Leviev diamonds, Lev Leviev, is yet to comment on the theft. Apart from being a billionaire with an amazingly alliterative name,  just who is this wronged bling merchant?

John Kerry will mediate in Israeli-Palestinian peace talks

Israelis and Palestinians meet in Washington to resume peace talks - but few expect results

Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu faces press criticism over prisoner release plan

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Testicular cancer is ‘almost cured’

Album: Natacha Atlas, Habibi: Classics and Collaborations (Nascente)

Collaborators here span from mild-mannered multi-instrumentalists (Andrew Cronshaw) to a grumpy old punk (Jah Wobble), not to mention the Wizard of Real World himself, Peter Gabriel.

The mother of Palestinian Ateya Abu Moussa, who has been held prisoner by Israel for 20 years, hugs her grandson upon hearing the news that her son may soon be released

More than 100 Palestinian prisoners released as Israel clears way for peace talks in Washington

Netanyahu's 'tough decision for the good of the country' faces opposition even within his party

Supporters of Egypt's top military officer, Gen. Abdel-Fatah el-Sissi rally over a bridge leading to Tahrir Square in Cairo

Two killed as tens of thousands flock to Cairo's Tahrir Square - the home of the 2011 revolution that is now army territory

A Cairo plaza that was once the crucible of a revolt against tyranny was transformed into a plaything of Egypt’s conservative military yesterday, as tens of thousands of people flocked into Tahrir Square to show their support for an expected army operation to crush the Muslim Brotherhood.

Middle East peace talks set to begin in Washington next week, says Israeli cabinet minister Silvan Shalom

Israeli and Palestinian negotiators could sit down for face-to-face peace talks as early as next Tuesday, according to an Israeli cabinet minister.

Palestinian groups furious as Israeli jeans company Fox sets up shop in Ramallah

Activist says company 'supports occupation' and the Palestinian Authority is violating its own laws by allowing store opening to go ahead

Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu chairing the weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem yesterday

Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu pledges referendum on peace deal with Palestinians

Benjamin Netanyahu used his weekly address to the Israeli cabinet today to reiterate his promise that any eventual peace deal with the Palestinians would be put to a referendum.

New road: US Secretary of State John Kerry meets Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah

US brokers deal on fresh talks for Middle-East peace as Israel promises release of Palestinian 'political prisoners'

Prisoner releases by Israel and Palestinian soft-pedalling at the UN among concessions intended to lead to direct negotiations

Mark Lancaster arrives at his trial

Computer consultant Mark Lancaster jailed for 16 months for voyeurism and trafficking after using 'sex for fees' website to dupe student into having sex with him

Judge hails work of Independent journalists as former Foreign Office contractor is sentenced after undercover investigation

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