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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

The News Matrix: Monday 29 July 2013

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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Middle East crisis: We know all too much about the cruelty of Isis – but all too little about who they are

We know all too much about the cruelty of Isis – but all too little about who they are

Now Obama has seen the next US reporter to be threatened with beheading, will he blink, asks Robert Fisk
Neanderthals lived alongside humans for centuries, latest study shows

Final resting place of our Neanderthal neighbours revealed

Bones dated to 40,000 years ago show species may have died out in Belgium species co-existed
Scottish independence: The new Scots who hold fate of the UK in their hands

The new Scots who hold fate of the UK in their hands

Scotland’s immigrants are as passionate about the future of their adopted nation as anyone else
Britain's ugliest buildings: Which monstrosities should be nominated for the Dead Prize?

Blight club: Britain's ugliest buildings

Following the architect Cameron Sinclair's introduction of the Dead Prize, an award for ugly buildings, John Rentoul reflects on some of the biggest blots on the UK landscape
eBay's enduring appeal: Online auction site is still the UK's most popular e-commerce retailer

eBay's enduring appeal

The online auction site is still the UK's most popular e-commerce site
Culture Minister Ed Vaizey: ‘lack of ethnic minority and black faces on TV is weird’

'Lack of ethnic minority and black faces on TV is weird'

Culture Minister Ed Vaizey calls for immediate action to address the problem
Artist Olafur Eliasson's latest large-scale works are inspired by the paintings of JMW Turner

Magic circles: Artist Olafur Eliasson

Eliasson's works will go alongside a new exhibition of JMW Turner at Tate Britain. He tells Jay Merrick why the paintings of his hero are ripe for reinvention
Josephine Dickinson: 'A cochlear implant helped me to discover a new world of sound'

Josephine Dickinson: 'How I discovered a new world of sound'

After going deaf as a child, musician and poet Josephine Dickinson made do with a hearing aid for five decades. Then she had a cochlear implant - and everything changed
Greggs Google fail: Was the bakery's response to its logo mishap a stroke of marketing genius?

Greggs gives lesson in crisis management

After a mishap with their logo, high street staple Greggs went viral this week. But, as Simon Usborne discovers, their social media response was anything but half baked
Matthew McConaughey has been singing the praises of bumbags (shame he doesn't know how to wear one)

Matthew McConaughey sings the praises of bumbags

Shame he doesn't know how to wear one. Harriet Walker explains the dos and don'ts of fanny packs
7 best quadcopters and drones

Flying fun: 7 best quadcopters and drones

From state of the art devices with stabilised cameras to mini gadgets that can soar around the home, we take some flying objects for a spin
Joey Barton: ‘I’ve been guilty of getting a bit irate’

Joey Barton: ‘I’ve been guilty of getting a bit irate’

The midfielder returned to the Premier League after two years last weekend. The controversial character had much to discuss after his first game back
Andy Murray: I quit while I’m ahead too often

Andy Murray: I quit while I’m ahead too often

British No 1 knows his consistency as well as his fitness needs working on as he prepares for the US Open after a ‘very, very up and down’ year
Ferguson: In the heartlands of America, a descent into madness

A descent into madness in America's heartlands

David Usborne arrived in Ferguson, Missouri to be greeted by a scene more redolent of Gaza and Afghanistan
BBC’s filming of raid at Sir Cliff’s home ‘may be result of corruption’

BBC faces corruption allegation over its Sir Cliff police raid coverage

Reporter’s relationship with police under scrutiny as DG is summoned by MPs to explain extensive live broadcast of swoop on singer’s home