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.

Two drown rescuing dog as autumn storms wreak havoc

Couple were swept away by swollen river during floods that have forced hundreds from homes

Joy for Jonathan in pool as Britain win two golds on excellent first day

Fox ignores pool jinx to end long wait for home aquatics gold

He took a couple of deep breaths and then grinned his way through the National Anthem. It has been a long time in coming – 34 days, in fact – but a Briton has finally climbed on to the top of the podium in the Aquatics Centre. Jonathan Fox, a 21-year-old Cornishman with a fondness for heavy metal, rounded off a rousing opening day for the host nation at the London Paralympics with Britain's second gold medal last night.

Ben Quilter takes the crowd’s acclaim after winning the bronze medal

Top seed Quilter fights back from disappointment to take bronze in judo

Ben Quilter overcame a disappointing start to the day to win judo bronze for Great Britain at the ExCeL last night.

Jonathan Fox is focus personified before his victory in the 100m backstroke last night

Fox ensures Team GB's aquatics jinx holds no water

Cornishman leads the charge in the pool as British team enjoy memorable opening day

UK could have best broadband in Europe, says Jeremy Hunt

Britain could have the best broadband in Europe but only if it avoids the mistakes made in developing high speed rail, Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt said today.

Two British soldiers suspected of murdering Kenyan woman

Case comes to light after rights organisation expresses frustration at inquiry's lack of progress

Appeal launched to find pyjamas fit for an itchy horse

An appeal has been launched for a pair of pyjamas with a difference - to fit a large horse.

Allied troops pick their way through the shattered town of Cassino

New film pays tribute to forgotten heroes of Monte Cassino

Key Second World War battle left 200,000 dead or injured – but was overshadowed by D-Day

The innovative hang at the RA's Summer Exhibition is a step forward

Leaving an impression

The Royal Academy's new show owes it all to collector Sterling Clark. By Michael Glover

Jean-Paul Gaultier brought a typically flamboyant haute couture collection to the catwalk yesterday

Twist in the tails: Gaultier lights up the Paris catwalk with his traditional flair

Jean Paul Gaultier showed his haute couture collection in Paris yesterday to typically spectacular effect. This was a vintage show heavy on cages – in gold leather or inky black dripping with jet – gender-bending tailoring and corsetry of the sort that made the couturier famous in the 1980s. Remember this is the man who put David Beckham in a skirt and Madonna in a conical bra.

An Italian fan shows that face paint can be chic

Italy vs England? It's hardly a level playing field

They're more stylish than us, they have better food and their footballers have nicer hair. Will Dean reckons the Italians' national flair gives them an unfair advantage on and off the pitch

Welsh Water in £1bn spend

The not-for-profit company Welsh Water unveiled plans yesterday to spend £1bn on infrastructure and renewable energy over the next three years, creating around 1,500 construction jobs.

An Olympic medal, which is being produced at the Royal Mint in South Wales

Olympic medals, Jubilee coins and 2p bits – it's a licence to make money

Business is booming at the Royal Mint in South Wales. Kate Youde goes behind the barbed wire to see it at work

Banksy gets the bunting out in north London

A new piece of street art bearing all the hallmarks of a Banksy (pictured, above) appeared overnight in north London.

Heavy rain 'threatens to pollute nation's beaches'

The heavy rain is having a damaging effect on Britain's beaches, washing raw sewage from overflow pipes and pollution on to bathing areas.

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Isis in Iraq: Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment by militants

'Jilan killed herself in the bathroom. She cut her wrists and hanged herself'

Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment
Ed Balls interview: 'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'

Ed Balls interview

'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'
He's behind you, dude!

US stars in UK panto

From David Hasselhoff to Jerry Hall
Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz: What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?

Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz

What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?
Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Planet’s surface is inhospitable to humans but 30 miles above it is almost perfect
Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history - clocks, rifles, frogmen’s uniforms and colonial helmets

Clocks, rifles, swords, frogmen’s uniforms

Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history
Return to Gaza: Four months on, the wounds left by Israel's bombardment have not yet healed

Four months after the bombardment, Gaza’s wounds are yet to heal

Kim Sengupta is reunited with a man whose plight mirrors the suffering of the Palestinian people
Gastric surgery: Is it really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Is gastric surgery really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Critics argue that it’s crazy to operate on healthy people just to stop them eating
Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction Part 2 - now LIVE

Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction

Bid on original art, or trips of a lifetime to Africa or the 'Corrie' set, and help Homeless Veterans
Pantomime rings the changes to welcome autistic theatre-goers

Autism-friendly theatre

Pantomime leads the pack in quest to welcome all
The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

Sony suffered a chorus of disapproval after it withdrew 'The Interview', but it's not too late for it to take a stand, says Joan Smith
From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?

Panto dames: before and after

From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Booksellers say readers are turning away from dark modern thrillers and back to the golden age of crime writing
Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best,' says founder of JustGiving

Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

Ten million of us have used the JustGiving website to donate to good causes. Its co-founder says that being dynamic is as important as being kind
The botanist who hunts for giant trees at Kew Gardens

The man who hunts giants

A Kew Gardens botanist has found 25 new large tree species - and he's sure there are more out there